Changemakers Arts Festival

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Discover your story through a variety of film screenings, creative workshops and a world music concert. The Changemakers Arts Festival is a celebration of storytelling through the arts. Highlights include the premiere of ‘A film for Northern Uganda’; get creative to find inner peace with acclaimed urban poet, comedian and broadcaster Mr Gee; and enjoy world sounds with live performances from Namlo (Nepalese folk music), Ghanaian drummers Sabbey International and No Wahala Sounds.

Wednesday 26th October

6.30pm to 8.30pm: A Film for Northern Uganda
The powerful 45-minute documentary captures stories from some of the people terrorised by the Lord’s Resistance Army, the rebel group led by Joseph Kony. After two decades of human rights violations and wartime atrocities, the film chronicles how survivors are rebuilding Northern Uganda’s society through reconciliation efforts and cultural changes. The film screening is followed by a Q&A with directors Kelly Burks and Eric Bednarski.

Thursday 27th October

10.30am to 12.30pm: Film Archives

Celebrating 70 years of IofC film making: A collection of clips from films from Initiatives of Change’s screen archive that pay tribute to peacemakers who have had a positive influence on the world.

Asia’s Destiny: The film documents the work of Moral Re-Armament (now known as Initiatives of Change) in Asia, including the tour of a play called Anything to Declare in Kuala Lumpur. The film highlights the importance of multiculuralism in Malaysia.

Galloping Horse: The film describes actions taken by ordinary people to help bring change into Indian society.

2pm to 5pm: Creative Workshops

The healing power of puppets: In this puppetry workshop you will roll up your sleeves and create your own puppet, then use improvisation techniques to express your personal story. Participants will discover how using puppets can stimulate conversation and learn how a seemingly light-hearted method could help you convey more serious issues. With puppetry appealing to all ages, this hands-on workshop is sure to capture the imagination of every participant whilst encouraging listening skills and providing a means to broach tricky topics.

Get creative to find inner peace: Guided by international speaker Prem Rawat and the charismatic rhetoric of acclaimed urban poet, comedian and broadcaster Mr Gee, will be attending and helping participants move on from inner struggles. During the workshop you’ll learn new ways to reflect on issues, find the strength to resolve them and reach a more peaceful stage in life that has positive ripple effects on the world around you.

Justice in motion: Find out how dance & physical theatre have the power to promote social change on this motivational, high-energy workshop. Bring your dancing shoes and find out how this form of expression has helped communities inspire debate and successfully tackle social injustice by making their voice heard. You’ll leave armed with some essential techniques on how to use choreography to draw attention to emotive issues and move society forward.

6.30pm to 8.30pm: Tashi and the Monk

Tashi and the Monk: The film follows a Buddhist Monk Lobsang who was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago he left behind a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children including 5 year-old Tashi. She is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend? The film screening is followed by a Q&A with co-director Johnny Burks.

Friday 28th October

10.30am to 12.30pm: Film Archives

Celebrating 70 years of IofC film making: A collection of clips from films from Initiatives of Change’s screen archive that pay tribute to peacemakers who have had a positive influence on the world.

Out of the frying pan into the fight: Promotional film with fictitious elements, about the four moral standards and their application in the daily life of young people.

Banking on Change: This is a story about South Indian bank manager J S Parthiban who set out to encourage beggars to open bank accounts in New Delhi, and pioneered micro-loans to villagers in his home state of Tamil Nadu.

2pm to 5pm: Creative Workshops

Write the wrong: Do you have a difficult story to tell? This interactive creative writing workshop will explore the themes of compassion, courage and social change, teaching participants how to express themselves on paper in a meaningful manner. Whether you work in the charity or education sector – or simply want to work on your storytelling skills – this session could prove life-changing. After all, only you have the power to write your own story.

Reach emotional equilibrium: Is there an issue holding you back from inner happiness? Whether there’s something in your working life, health, relationship or even your character you’re keen to change, this family constellations workshop will give you the tools to trace where your stress might stem from and learn how to disentangle your future from the past. Come along ready to share an issue or help fellow participants gain a new perspective on their situation.

Storytelling drama workshop: Storytelling through drama is one of the most powerful and compelling forms of expression. This theatrical workshop uses performing art to help people discover how to share experiences and communicate effectively through stories. Theatre can also be a particularly effective way for different age groups to gain a deeper understanding of each other and learn to relate to each other on a new level. (Open to all aged 12 upwards)

6.30pm to 10pm: World Music Concert

This evening will showcase contemporary world music coming together to raise funds for projects and good causes to support changemakers. With live performances from Namlo – a fusion of Nepalese folk and contemporary global sounds; Sabbey International drummers – a band mixing traditional Ghanaian dance drumming and intricate polyrhythms with beautifully harmonised chants. No Wahala Sounds will play uplifting music through the evening from all four corners of the Globe to share their vibrant sounds. There will be food from around the world to compliment the evening.

Saturday 29th October

Programme still to be confirmed, watch this space for more details.

Purchase a festival pass which will give you access to all the film screenings, workshops and the celebration of world music for £45. Day passes and tickets to individual sessions are also available.

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