Democracy From Where I Stand

(Various Artists)

8 June (this event has now passed)

The Dutch Church


  • This event will be BSL interpreted
  • Regrettably owing to a broken lift, this event is no longer wheelchair accessible


  • There will be no cloakroom facilities at the venue


An evening of provocations, poetry, live music and performances from leading women from around the world.


In 2024, half the world’s population will head to the polls in national elections. In the UK, people will be asked to vote in a General Election on 4 July. Democracy is being put to the test in an unprecedented way. LIFT would like us all to have a chat about it.

Democracy From Where I Stand promises an evening crackling with discussion and connection. Leading women from around our city and around the world speak out on the state of government, representation, rights and freedom. In a year where 62 countries vote in national elections – 49% of the world’s population – LIFT is reflecting on what democracy means. No better place to do it than in The City of London – the world’s longest-running municipal democracy.

Hosted by Brenda Emmanus (London), the evening will feature Nigerian poet and thinker Lola Shoneyin (Lagos) on the recent coups in West Africa, Indian performer Aditi Mittal (Mumbai) on sport, politics and abuse of power, London comedian and influencer Rosie Holt and radical historian Dr Michelle Johansen (London) on the history of the democracy of libraries. Young Mayor for Tower Hamlets, Fetuma Hassan (London) will discuss what democracy means to the next generation.

Included on the night is a brand new film from the iconic thinker Margaret Atwood (Toronto) , great music from Afro-Brazilian band Baque Luar (London) and an interactive illustration from Osheen Siva (Thiruvannamalai/Vellore).


The event is presented by LIFT and Financial Times as part of LIFT the City. Supported by the City of London Corporation in collaboration with Destination City.


Digital Films by

FT Democracy film project lead


Presented as part of LIFT the City, supported by the City of London Corporation.

Rachel Rebecca Jones – BSL interpreter

Images courtesy of Financial Times.

Democracy From Where I Stand, 8 June 2024


Supported by


The Dutch Church