Meet Sultan, a Xenia regular!

L – R: Turkan and Sultan at one of our Summer celebrations.

How long have you been coming to Xenia?
I have been coming to the Xenia since February 2017.

What was it like the first time you came to Xenia- who did you meet, what did you see?
I first came with Turkan after our college teacher had recommended Xenia. We thought it was a good opportunity to improve our English and we decided to go.

We were both excited and a little nervous when we first came. I was so excited about who would welcome us. I felt my English wasn’t good enough so I was anxious to communicate with people but three young ladies greeted him with heart – Ioanna, Anna and Theo. Their sincere and welcoming attitudes led me to get rid of any uneasiness.

Also there were many women like me who want to improve their English and wanted to spend time doing a nice activity. A short time later, this place made me feel at home. My English has developed seriously, I can now talk easily to people and I have made many friends.

How would you tell a friend about Xenia?
I recommend Xenia to all my friends and all the women around me for all the good things it’s given to me. Xenia has a family atmosphere where helpful, loving and friendly people come together. I also think it is a great opportunity to improve your English.

I would like to thank Ioanna, Anna, Makena, Theo, Emma and all the people who contributed to this project.

Join the Xenia Experiment – for more welcoming, equal and connected communities

Do you want people to be more connected and less divided? Join us on Saturday 11th January for a special event to explore how you can make the change you want to see in your community.

Xenia brings together women from all cultures and backgrounds to connect with each other, share experiences, and practice English through creative workshops.

It began in 2016 as part of Antiuniversity Now at Hackney Museum, as an experiment for English-learning women and English-speaking women to connect and create together. From this one-off event we were asked to come back again and again by participants and it has since grown into a weekly workshop, where we welcome regulars and new faces from over 50 countries.

We want to share Xenia’s model to inform practice and support you to hold your own experiment in your local community – inspired by what we’ve already learned about what can really work.

At this workshop you will:

  • learn about Xenia’s story, vision, and impact,
  • learn about our non-hierarchical model,
  • take part in a Xenia taster session
  • and come away with practical tips on how to hold your own event.

This event is open to anyone who wants to learn from what we’re doing, supporting people who might not otherwise meet to connect through meaningful conversations. You may be interested in holding your own event, incorporating Xenia sessions into your organisation’s existing activities, or even starting up a local Xenia – everyone is welcome!

This event is open to all genders. If you have barriers to attending (e.g. childcare or cost of travel) please get in touch with us.