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Season for Ex-Change Two

Finding Hope and Solidarity in Real Utopias #1

Illustration by Hannah Roast, @hannah.draws.etc

Illustration by Hannah Roast, @hannah.draws.etc

Season for Ex-Change Two

Finding Hope and Solidarity in Real Utopias #1

19 May 2021

1 - 2 pm

Online event via Zoom



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About this event

Environmental crisis, massive social inequalities, and political tribalism are huge and complex issues. Working to address them can be draining and dispiriting. Yet we need optimism to energise and continue this work. This workshop aims to offer a space for this optimism and solidarity by sharing and celebrating some ‘real utopian’ projects which are happening across the globe. These project are modelling new ways of organising society and, in so doing, chipping away at our current destructive social and economic systems.

Over two, hour-long lunchtime sessions, you will learn more about the concept of ‘real utopias’ and what its role could be in building a socially and environmentally just future. And we will hear from those enacting real utopian projects around the world – from barter-based folk schools reimagining knowledge exchange, to theatre-based, participatory policy-making. These sessions will be hosted by Dr Malaika Cunningham, Practice Researcher at Artsadmin.

PART 1: 1pm-2pm (BST) Wednesday 19th May

Guest presenters:

Dr Adeyemi Adelekan (Tyndale Centre for Climate Change Research) will be sharing insights from social enterprises in Lagos, Nigeria that are working towards establishing a circular economy by creating a recycling infrastructure. He will highlight some of the norms and belief systems that these projects are challenging and their approaches in doing so, to enable the recycling of waste in a fair and inclusive manner, while working towards a cleaner environment in Lagos.

Nadia Purcell and Pat Clinton are trained Legislative Theatre facilitators and, using this technique, worked alongside the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to create GM Homelessness Prevention Strategy.

Pat Clinton is an actor, writer, drag performer and disabled activist in Manchester. Coming from working class roots in Merseyside, Pat has worked on both sides of the stage since childhood. Including: studying theatre in university, working with From The Crowd, Trans Creative and QueerRiot. Pat has performed in many prides nationally, including Manchester’s first trans stage.

Nadia Purcell is a homeless families advocate and educator. Having experienced homelessness with her 3 children in Manchester means she is passionate, eager and coming from a place of a raw reality.

How to take part

Book your free ticket and we’ll send you details about how to access this event closer to the time.

Access details

This online event will be live captioned. Please let us know if you have any other access requirements:

Season for Ex-Change is supported by ACT (Art, Climate, Transition) through the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the Foundation for FutureLondon and City of London, and Arts Council England through Season for Change.

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