How can the arts help liberate us? How can we help liberate the arts?
Find out at this creative, stimulating and provocative festival that aims to throw flames into the belly of the UK’s movement for social and political change.
The online programme can be viewed here
This unique, family-friendly indoor ‘festival experience’ hosted by the General Federation of Trade Unions, will allow trade unionists, creative activists and public educators to exchange ideas about how the arts can best be used to achieve better campaigning, organisation and education work in trade unions and social movements.
There are a maximum of 200 tickets available for Liberating Arts so early booking is essential.
Some of the most prominent political artists in the UK today will perform their latest work. Comedians, musicians and poets like Francesca Martinez, Captain Ska, Itch from the King Blues, Attilla the Stockbroker and Anthony Anaxagarou, will appear alongside theatre companies Including Banner Theatre, Townsend Productions, Red Ladder, Cardboard Citizens and Belarus Free Theatre.
Film screenings will run alongside graphics workshops. There will be media skills workshops led by Reel News, Red Pepper and New Internationalist.
Speakers such Tony Garnett, Raoul Martinez, Doug Nicholls and John Smith, will talk about the arts as politics and the status of the arts and artists in society.
And what is also unique about Liberating Arts is that all these performers and speakers will also discuss their work with each other and with the trade unionists, creative activists and public educators attending the festival. It is not just about coming and watching but entering a debate about the potential power of a renewed progressive culture.
If you are a political artist or public educator hoping to connect with the trade union movement or a trade unionist or activist hoping to explore how best to use the arts and media as a tool in your campaigning, then Liberating Arts is designed for you.
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