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Season for Ex-Change

Tackling Climate Change and Building an Inclusive Movement with Zena Edwards

Zena Edwards by James Allan Photography 2018 Zena Edwards, poet and performer, reads a text into a microphone.

Zena Edwards by James Allan Photography 2018

Season for Ex-Change

Tackling Climate Change and Building an Inclusive Movement with Zena Edwards

27 October 2020


Online event via Zoom

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Join us at Tackling Climate Change and Building an Inclusive Movement – with Zena Edwards.

Julie’s Bicycle describes climate justice as “where human rights, social justice and the climate and environmental movement intersect. It is the need to recognise climate change as a systemic issue, which is not purely environmental or scientific but also ethical and political. An issue which includes conversations about equity, colonialism and the disparity between distribution of resources and wealth.”

In order to tackle climate change, we must work to build an inclusive climate movement. Join poet Zena Edwards to discuss how art can manifest climate justice.

About the speaker

Zena Edwards is a writer, performance poet, singer, radical arts educator and creative director of Verse in Dialog – an arts and public engagement organisation dedicated to championing the arts for positive change.

Raised in Tottenham, North London, Zena Edwards has become known as one the most unique voices of performance poetry to come out of London. She is also known for her polemic voice, speaking on panels for climate change and creative campaigning for equality and equitable rights.

Zena has been involved in performance for 20 years – as a writer/poet performer, facilitator, creative project developer and vocalist after graduating from Middlesex University. She recently studied at The London International School for Performing Arts.

As a poet, Zena has travelled extensively round the UK, the US, Africa and Europe collaborating with artists such as Nigerian choreographer Qudus Onikeku and award-winning visual artists, Theaster Gates and toured supporting living legend Hugh Masekela, the Last Poets an

d Babaa Maal. She has shared the stage and anthologies with some of her most admired predecessors Linton Kwesi Johnson, Sonia Sanchez, Lemn Sissay, Jean Binta Breeze and Roger McGough.

As a live performance director, Zena was the first woman director at Redbridge Arts collaborating with rising star choreographer Botis Seva, and devised and directed “Climate of Fear” for award winning Manchester Contact’s Young Creatives for the Flying Solo Festival 2016.

As part of Season for Change, Zena will be working with Apples and Snakes on a new commission in 2020/21.

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Part of Season for Ex-Change

A three week programme of sector-facing events and workshops, 26 October–14 November 2020.
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