A MAJOR NEW INITIATIVE FROM THE GFTU CONNECTING TRADE UNIONISTS WITH CREATIVE ACTIVISTS
Recruitment • Campaigning • Training • Political Education
THE ARTS ARE CRUCIAL TOOLS FOR TRADE UNIONS
This unique conference and festival allows trade unionists to talk directly to some of the UK’s most successful creative activists and explore more effective ways to bring campaigns to life with great design, moving words, punchy headlines, hard-hitting jokes, inspiring images and powerful songs.
Attention • Inspiration • Motivation • Action
By expressing political ideas with beauty and emotion the arts can be the most profoundly transformative campaigning tools for persuading and educating members, employers and the public.
Find out how at this creative, stimulating and provocative conference and 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
“A pamphlet, no matter how good, is rarely read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over… If a person can put a few common sense facts into a song and dress them up in a cloak of humour, he will succeed in reaching a great number of workers.”
Joe Hill 1913
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, Lindsey German, 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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