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20 Stories High on the Beeb!

CONTACT AND 20 STORIES HIGH CO-PRODUCTION
EXPLORING ABORTION BRINGS REAL EXPERIENCES
INTO THE OPEN AS PART OF BBC TWO PERFORMANCE
LIVE.
Following hit success in on stage at Contact in Manchester, the Contact and 20 Stories
High co-production “I told my mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” was broadcast on BBC
Two on 20th January as part of the Performance Live strand of programmes.
“I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. trip…” is a frank drama told through the voices of four
young female performers, based on interview material gathered from over 50 different people;
including young women who have had abortions, young parents, health professionals and
campaigners. These stories are interwoven with song and spoken word to portray the real
experiences of these women.
The show deals with challenging themes but filmed on the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of
abortion in Britain, writer Julia Samuels explores the way in which society treats this subject and
how this impacts on women today. And importantly asks what would happen if we started to talk openly about it.

iPlayer link    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09pqvxl/performance-live-i-told-my-mum-i-was-going-on-an-re-trip/,

www.20storieshigh.org.uk

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A Surprise Visitor visits a COoL Organisation

Jeremy Corbyn visited COoL organisation Pagoda Arts where he watched the Chinese Youth Orchestra play, drank tea and even had a go himself after brief lessons from musician Charlie Wardle.  He was welcomed by Zilan Liao and introduced to many people from the community. Another COoL organisation First Take filmed the visit and you can see highlights here –  https://vimeo.com/232688928

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Lemn Sissay MBE to become a patron for 20 Stories High

20 Stories High are pleased and proud to announce that the amazing poet, author and theatre maker Lemn Sissay has agreed to be the theatre company’s first patron.

The company have been talking with Lemn for a few years about their work and their shared connections; political, artistic and social.

During a meeting in Manchester last week with three of 20 Stories High’s young artists and Co-Artistic Directors Julia Samuels and Keith Saha, Lemn agreed to become official patron.

Great news for 20 Stories which is warmly welcomed by COoL.

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DaDaFest Young Leaders Open Meeting

DaDaFest Young Leaders Open Meeting
26 Nov 2016 | 2 – 4pm
Museum of Liverpool

Free, search but contact us to confirm attendance

An open meeting for disabled and Deaf young people. We are looking for creative minds and future leaders to work with DaDaFest to make decisions and organise our Young DaDaFest events and DaDaFest International festivals.

We’re looking for young people aged 14-30 years old who are disabled, pharmacy deaf or living with a long term illness or condition to join our Young people’s Leadership group.

You will work with the DaDaFest team and other arts professionals to develop ideas for our programme, more about projects and events. This is a great opportunity if you want to represent the voices of young disabled people in Merseyside and the wider North West region. You will get to build your leadership, project management and programming skills and work with other young people from Merseyside.

This open meeting will allow you to find out more about DaDaFest and the work we do and the role of the Young Leaders.  Support to travel to the meetings and access can be provided where required.
We’re thankful for support from Big Lottery Fund to deliver this project.

Please contact Sam to let us know you are coming and to inform us of any access support we need to put in place for you to attend. Email: samw@dadafest.co.uk or telephone: 0151 707 1733.
Access: British Sign Language Interpretation, Audio Description and Note Taker.

 

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JOB: DaDaFest Young Peoples Project Coordinator

DaDaFest are looking to appoint a Young Peoples Project Coordinator for its DaDaFest Rookies and Young DaDaFest projects, clinic for a three year fixed term post.  The post holder will need to demonstrate experience of working with young people ideally in an arts setting and be willing to work alongside the young people to motivate and develop their skills.

The role will involve coordinating activities for the DaDaFest Rookies project and supporting delivery of the Young DaDaFest project. This will include administration and logistics tasks, arranging access and travel support for participants, evaluation and monitoring for the project and supervision of staff, support workers and volunteers. The post holder will be the main point of contact for young people and all partners involved in the project.

Position Details
Dates: Full Time (35 hours per week) This position will require regular evening work. It is a requirement that all DaDaFest staff work in a flexible manner compatible with the nature of a festival and arts producing company. To support this we work within flexi-time and TOIL (Time off in Lieu).
Salary: £19,048 per annum, plus pension contribution
Responsible to: DaDaFest Arts Manager
Contract: 3 Years Fixed Term

Job Vacancy: DaDaFest Young Peoples Project Coordinator

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday 19 October 2016
Interviews to be Held: Wednesday 2 November 2016

Please visit: http://www.dadafest.co.uk/about-us/opportunities/ to download an application pack. Application forms can be returned via email or post and are available in alternative formats upon request.

For further information about the role, please contact Sam Wade, DaDaFest Arts Manager, by telephone: 0151 707 1733 or email: samw@dadafest.co.uk

The DaDaFest Rookies project and this position are funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund:

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DaDaFest Receives Funding from Big Lottery

COoL member DaDaFest has received a grant of over £275, 000 from Big Lottery Fund to be used for a new project called “DaDaFest Rookies”.

The project aims to increase employability within the creative sector for young disabled people through training, order mentoring and placements within arts organisations.

The funding from Big Lottery will allow us to support young people to develop their skills as artists and producers and enable them to pursue careers in the creative sector. The project will be led by young people via our leadership groups and local schools will be able to input their thoughts via quarterly forum meetings. Over a three year period, we will offer mentoring to young people, which will involve taking part in sessions led by highly experienced professionals. We will also offer flexible placements for young producers within our own office as well as with partner organisations.

DaDaFest Rookies builds on our successful Young DaDaFest programme, which has seen over 2,500 young people participate in a wide variety of different events and projects. This includes being part of our biennial international disability arts festival as well as leading on the development of our annual young people’s events. We have supported several young people who have already made steps into professional careers in the arts. DaDaFest Rookies will allow us to support an increased number of young people to kickstart their arts careers.

www.dadafest.co.uk 

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