Xenia began in 2016 as part of the first Antiuniversity Now Festival at Hackney Museum.

Founder Theo Cadbury wanted to run a  workshop to help women from all backgrounds and cultures come together to connect, share experiences and practice English.

Expecting a small group of women to join, Theo was welcomed by a room full of women, who by the end were eager to know when the next Xenia event would be. What started as an experiment, quickly developed from monthly to weekly workshops.

Now each week we welcome regulars and new faces, with women attending from over 56 countries. As well as strong relationships built within the group, Xenia has built many links in the local community. 

Without the support of Hackney Museum, Hackney Council, Groundwork and many more local organisations and venues we could not deliver our weekly workshops and provide access to the wide variety of activities we have hosted.

Read all about the impact Xenia has made since it started here.