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Arts and culture collide in this series of workshops for passionate young people with ideas.
In a heady mix of political content and artistic forms, participants will respond to exciting provocations to work out their stance on hot topic issues. What is the role of the young person in shaping our world? What do you have to offer as a child? Can citizenship start now?
The material created will feed into future iterations of The Children’s Party, showcasing the powerful perspectives of children.
Engage in brainstorming, research, physical theatre, storytelling, speech making, discussion, problem solving, performance and presentation.
Add your voice to the conversation in these electric think tank sessions. Join us for one workshop, or come along to all of them. The choice is yours!
Who to tell it to – start a letter
Once you’ve got an idea, who should you speak to about it? In this session we’ll figure out who we need to talk to, then craft a letter which argues our points, and send it off.
Spreading the idea – how to have a conversation about your idea
When you’re passionate about a subject, you see it everywhere, and you think about it all the time. But how do you talk to people about it? This workshop will focus on how to discuss your idea, and bring it up in conversation using persuasive language.
Amazing speeches go down in history because of the power of the words contained and the effect they have on their audience. In politics, the people writing the speeches are often separate from the people giving the speeches. This session is for people who love words and writing. We’ll work on what a speech needs, and how to get your idea across clearly and persuasively.
Video ad campaign
What if you need your idea to reach more people? Maybe you need a campaign to go further than talking to friends of friends, or writing a letter. In this session we’ll create a short video on a subject we’re passionate about.
In our final session, we’ll be working from speeches written in September’s session. We’ll adjust them to suit our speakers, and then play with tone and expression to deliver them powerfully to an audience.
Alex Walker is a youth arts practitioner focusing on making live art with a cross-section of young people at the point where the spheres of children, arts, culture, and politics intersect. She works with inclusive, collaborative devising techniques that aim to frame the contributions of the young people through innovative and dynamic forms. Alex works across contexts, heavily invested in carving out a place for the voice and position of the young person to have an impact on their environment and community. In 2016 Alex founded House of Muchness (HOM) which is a centre of artistic practices for the creative wellbeing of young people. At HOM, she has established a culture which breeds safe, creative risk-taking and artistic experimentation. She uses arts processes to arrive at new material which reveals the contemporary condition of young people and their complex relationship with the world.
Ben Landau’s practice spans art and design. He uses design research to analyse systems, and artistic methodologies to tamper with them. Ben constructs experiences, objects and performances which are interactive or invite the audience to participate. His actions deconstruct social, political and cultural assumptions to spur agency within the audience. Ben’s critical incursions onto the status quo analyse reliance on existing systems. He wears masks to camouflage himself in everyday situations, and uses hacking, detournement and satire to break from accepted norms.