How can we draw on the power of the heart, the fire of the imagination, and the dynamism of the body to empower social change through our creativity?
This week long event will bring together a group of richly talented facilitators and practitioners to share and explore creative tools that can be used in a variety of social change settings. It will take a cross/multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on theatre, story, image, dance, and music – and apply these to community empowerment, campaign development, and direct action.
This course is aimed at anyone interested in learning, sharing and exploring creative, collaborative and participatory tools for social justice. The facilitators have planned activities, talks and collaborative tasks but will allow space in the timetable for participant led activities to emerge.
Ruth Cross is co-founder of Eroles Project – an international learning for action centre, and, Asociación La Bolina – a visionary intercultural initiative working to regenerate land and lives through creating social integration and sustainable livelihoods for locals, migrants and refugees in El Valle, Andalucia, Spain. She is the Artistic Director of Cross Collaborations, an award winning arts for change immersive theatre company.
Ruth is an experienced arts activist, social theatre maker, researcher and educator specialising in instigating transformative and regenerative change. She can be found directing immersive performance with migrants and refugees, creating participatory arts action campaigns and coordinating cross-disciplinary projects with organisations, decision-makers, civil society and local communities.
For the last 10 years Ruth has facilitated capacity building training with activists and social movements. She is a research contributor with Schumacher Research in Action community, is a member of the international Delicate Activism community and of Social Arts network ImaginAction. As well as a collaborator with Asociación Solidaria Andaluza de Desarrollo (ASAD).
George is a practitioner of the Theatre of the Oppressed, writer, performance poet and natural farmer who has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia working with groups ranging from the homeless in London, subsistence farmers in India, victims of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to recovering heroin addicts and street kids in Kuala Lumpur. As founder of the training collective Reboot The Roots they have a decade of experience as a facilitator and educator in fields ranging from TESOL and drama therapy to drug rehabilitation and conflict resolution. They qualified in their Certificate in Joker Training and Certificate in Rainbow of Desire whilst working with Cardboard Citizens in 2010.
Lindsay helped launch the Ulex Project in 2016 and works as the principal storyteller and comms coordinator. She helps make visible the relationships that sit at the core of our work, stories which champion ideas, insights and strategies across struggles, and connect people together to build stronger, more resilient movements. She brings over a decade of experience in education and community organising, working with grassroots groups and NGOs in social and environmental justice. Her work for Ulex has also involved fundraising, partnership development and course facilitation.
Ed has been facilitating creative arts projects in education for the last 15 years in schools, community groups and residential courses. He co-founded Movingsounds developing innovative arts based education projects that address environmental and social issues. He is also a lead facilitator and trainer with Lifebeat UK running transformative residential camps with young people and runs trainings for PYE Global Partnership for Youth Empowerment internationally. He is a musician, artist and performer but also a carpenter and sailor, deeply passionate about the power of both creativity and nature connection to bring about positive change in this crazy world.
building collective agency - theory and practice
a holistic approach
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