Democracy From Where I Stand

Lola Shoneyin (Lagos), Aditi Mittal (Mumbai), Baque Luar (London), Margaret Atwood (Toronto), Osheen Siva (Thiruvannamalai/Vellore) - Further Line up to be announced soon

8 Jun

The Dutch Church

Prices from £20


Standard Tickets: £25


Age Recommendation: 

Approximate Run Time:
90 Minutes (no interval)


  • Venue is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to book a wheelchair ticket, please contact
  • This event will be BSL interpreted


  • 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.

Democracy From Where I Stand promises an evening crackling with discussion and connection. Leading women from around our city and around the world reflect 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 – we’re reflecting on what democracy means. No better place to do it than in The City of London – the world’s longest-running municipal democracy.

This live event is inspired by Financial Times’ Democracy digital film series, developed in consultation with LIFT and written by Margaret Atwood (Toronto), Aditi Mittal (Mumbai), Elif Shafak (London/Istanbul) and Lola Shoneyin (Lagos). Join us for this special night of LIFT ideas Democracy From Where I Stand and catch these films online. 

Join us for this special night as LIFT brings together diverse ideas on democracy and catch these films online here.

Line Up for the night:


Performances by:

Lola Shoneyin (Lagos), Poet/Author

Aditi Mittal (Mumbai), Comedian

Baque Luar (London), Afro-Brazilian Music Ensemble


Film by:

Margaret Atwood (Toronto), Author/Writer


Visual art by:

Osheen Siva (Thiruvannamalai/Vellore), Visual Artist


Further line up announced soon.


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

Democracy by Margaret Atwood
In a year in which more than half the world goes to the polls, acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood asks whether democracy is fragile and easily destroyed or flexible and resilient.

In That Top by Aditi Mittal
The Indian comedian takes on the role of both father and daughter in a comedy sketch exploring family tensions over the meaning of democracy.

Terra Incognita by Elif Shafak
The Turkish novelist explores democracy’s delicately balanced ecosystem in a collaboration with renowned experiential art collective Marshmallow Laser Feast.

How coups and military dictatorship in Africa threaten democracy by Lola Shoneyin

The Nigerian poet and author recites a poem about how coups and military dictatorships in Africa have threatened democracies over the decades, arguing the case for retaining, embracing and shaping democracy.


Digital Film From


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

Images courtesy of Financial Times.


Supported by


The Dutch Church