Promoting Rights and Development through the Arts (0172)

Venue: leeds

Location: leeds,

Event Date/Time: Feb 03, 2002 End Date/Time: Feb 08, 2002
Registration Date: Jan 25, 2002
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Arts practice in relation to rights and development has been increasingly a matter of interest to governments, NGO’s and arts practitioners over the past thirty years. This seminar will explore appropriate practice, planning and evaluation in a wide range of international settings. The seminar will privilege theatre – in the widest sense, including dance and music – as the most widespread form of arts practice in this area, but will also deal with forms such as video, writing and photography.

This seminar will include case studies of arts and development projects; theory sessions related to issues of implementation and evaluation; practical workshops; performances and input from a number of UK and international experts working in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The main topics will include:
 Appropriate research, planning and partnerships
 Implementation – working with communities, governments and funders
 Evaluation of arts projects
 Development of appropriate methodologies
 Provision of training
 Building sustainable arts networks

Participant Profile

This seminar is aimed at sharing experience, practice, and theory between cultural policy makers, arts practitioners, development professionals, trainers, educationalists and government officials concerned with issues of promoting empowerment, identity, self-help and creativity amongst marginalised communities of all sorts.

Event Director

Jane Plastow is senior lecturer at The Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds and director of The Eritrea Community-Based Theatre Project, a national project working with the Eritrean Ministry of Education to develop grass-roots theatre practice amongst Eritrea’s nine language groups. She is also consultant to The Gemini Youth Arts Project working with street children in Ethiopia, and has acted as advisor on community arts to a wide range of NGOs and governmental organisations. Jane has worked in a number of East African countries and published extensively on Theatre for Development and African theatre issues with books such as ‘African Theatre and Politics’, ‘African Theatre: Women’ and ‘Theatre Matters’. She works equally as practitioner, director and academic.

Contributors are expected to include:

Adenach Adamsu
GEM TV, Ethiopia

Michael Etherton
Head of regional office: South and Central Asia: Save The Children UK

Prosper Kompraore
Theatre Atelier of Burkina Faso

David Kerr
University of Botswana

John Fox
Welfare State International (Theatre Company)

Paul Heritage
Head of Theatre, Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London

Mind The Gap Theatre Company
Bradford based theatre company working with the learning disabled

Gerri Moriarty
Community artist and arts consultant

Royston Muldoon
Community dance trainer

Rebecca O’Rourke
University of Leeds

Barbara Santos
Centre of Theatre for the Oppressed, Brazil

Provisional Schedule

Sunday 3 February

am Opening reception

Monday 4 February

am The Role of the Arts in Community Development
David Kerr

The NGO Perspective
Michael Etherton

The UK Context
Gerri Morriarty

Small group sharing of experiences

pm Boal theatre workshop
Barbara Santos

Evening Community Video in Ethiopia & sharing of participant videos
Adenach Adamsu

Tuesday 5 February

am Small group workshops*: Community Writing/Community Radio/Prison Theatre
Rebecca O’Rourke,Paul Heritage

pm Planning an Arts Project
Michael Etherton, Paul Heritage, Jane Plastow

Evening Mind The Gap Theatre Performance

Wednesday 6 February

am Small group workshops*: Community Dance/Photography/Theatre for Development
Royston Muldoon, Prosper Kompaore

pm Free for shopping and sightseeing

Evening Project evaluation
David Kerr, Michael Etherton, Gerri Moriarty, Jane Plastow

Thursday 7 February

am/pm Welfare State multi-arts workshop and group performance
John Fox & Welfare State Theatre artists

Evening Closing dinner

Friday 8 February

am Plenary
Discussion on learning outcomes and ways forward

*Participants will chose one workshop to attend

There are places for up to 35 participants

Fully residential fee: £1450
The fee will include:

 5 nights’ accommodation from Sunday night 3 February 2002 to Thursday night 7 February 2002 inclusive, in an en-suite bedroom
 all meals from dinner on Sunday evening 3 February 2002 to lunch on Friday 8 February 2002
 full professional programme
 social programme (including opening reception)
 welcome and farewell packs (containing programme, contributors’ notes, local information etc)
 group photograph
 experienced Event Manager in attendance throughout the event
 emergency medical insurance

The participant or their sponsor / organisation must pay all charges relating to additional accommodation directly to the hotel, and charges may not be referred to the British Council unless previously agreed.

The event will begin with a reception on the evening of Sunday 3 February 2002, and will finish after lunch on Friday 8 February 2002

Joining Instructions
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International Travel
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