We Should All Be Dreaming

Sonya Lindfors and Maryan Abdulkarim

Helsinki, Finland

23 – 24 Jun

Black Cultural Archives

Free, invite only.

Providing equitable access to art and culture is central to LIFT’s mission. To find out more about how you could attend this event, please read the information below and get in touch via booking@liftfestival.com.

Accessible toilets are available.

As standard LIFT work hard to make our events as accessible as possible to an audience with a range of needs. Once an invitation to this event has been accepted, your access needs will be noted and provided for.

Dine together and imagine radical futures.

We Should All Be Dreaming invites people to spend time listening and dreaming together in an attempt to collectively imagine new futures. Situating itself somewhere between a collective think tank, a choreographed gathering and a performance – the project invites participants to radically dream of new utopian futures together. We Should All Be Dreaming is a collaboration between choreographer Sonya Lindfors (she/her) and writer and activist Maryan Abdulkarim (she/her), who both are interested in radical utopian and decolonial practices.

Over the course of a curated dinner party, invited guests will be led in group discussions to dream up common futures. This restorative and subversive work attempts to reveal, shake or break existing power structures and hierarchies to create a more inclusive society. The world around us is plagued by fear, anger and hatred, but We Should All Be Dreaming offers a different path – we propose gathering and dreaming as an act of soft resistance, making space for communal coexistence.

“The possible has been tried and failed. Now it’s time to try the impossible!” – Sun Ra

Radical dreaming is how we get there.


We Should All Be Dreaming takes place from 7 – 10pm on two evenings:

23 June. An evening for  London-based  dreamers, 16-30 years old
24 June. An intergenerational evening event for all London-based dreamers (18+)


Ticketing information

Providing equitable access to art and culture is central to LIFT’s mission. This event prioritises diverse audiences and celebrates people of the global majority.

We are asking communities who identify as BIPOC to get in touch with us if they’d like to attend this event.  Our team , which consists of representation from the Black Cultural Archive, LIFT, and the artists themselves, all who identify as BIPOC will then select a group of people that gives the broadest representation of age and life experience as possible, as well as a good spread of people from across London.

The aim of this event is to facilitate a rich, fruitful conversation and a communal celebration in the form of a unique dinner party event.

If you are interested in participating in this event then please contact us at

booking@liftfestival.com and let us know:

  • Your name and age
  • where you are based
  • What makes you interested in being a guest at this event

Places are limited, but we will do our best to accommodate as many requests as possible. We will be in touch with all inquires soon.


Supported by Perform Europe, Rosendal International Theatre (Norway), CODA Oslo International Dance Festival (Norway), Oyoun Kultur NeuDenken gUG (Germany), LIFT (UK), Independent Dance (UK), Urban Apa (Finland) and H2DANCE/Fest en Fest (UK).

Co-produced by Spring Utrecht – festival, Baltic Circle – festival and Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. Supported by the Black Cultural Archives, 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance and the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland.


Black Cultural Archives

The only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.