Sunday, 29 May 2016

...use your vote

It was great to stand side by side with people affected by homelessness in the House of Parliament on Tuesday as part of the ongoing collaborative work of arthur+martha. Homeless people in Greater Manchester and Stockport have handmade the first history of British homelessness, opening up previously untold stories of the lives of homeless people through interviews, artworks, poems and handmade books. 

This unique and unprecedented history of British homelessness is profound and you can find out a little more about the work by clicking on the film above, and about all the artists involved by clicking HERE. You can find out about a sister project with Socialiniai Meno Projektai taking place in Lithuania by clicking on the image directly below.

Marcus Jones, Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government commented:

"The Houses of Parliament is a place that is full of history. By bringing your Homeless Library here, and speaking here you, are connected to all of our history. It will be heard.”

Now - let’s see exactly how it’s heard and what changes are made to those multiple factors that underpin homelessness. This isn't about housing - its about social justice and inequality.

1-3 SEPTEMBER 2016
An international conference exploring how theatre can contribute to radical social and political change in the 21st Century.

Over the past 30 years participatory and community arts has been largely depoliticised and now too often functions as a quick fix for social problems. This conference takes the position that maginalised individuals don’t need fixing: the system does. Rediscovering the radical will be a unique opportunity for artists, activists and academics who are passionate about the need real change to come together. It will be a hot-bed for new thinking and a fabulous melee of creative experiences. 

Rediscovering the Radical is an international conference exploring how theatre can contribute to radical social and political change in the 21st Century. Hosted by Collective Encounters and the Department of Applied Theatre at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in conjunction with Unity Theatre, Rediscovering the Radical will be an inspirational and agitational weekend of international performances, papers, workshops and discussion.

…an horrific vision of white middle England, or a rural idyll? Use your vote on 23rd June.


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