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mac birmingham | Saturday 16th September | 3 til 7pm | Free

The Social Exchange is a free one-day festival of youth culture and social action across the West Midlands including unique performances, master classes, debates, and art.

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mac birmingham and The Beatfreeks Collective present
The Social Exchange 2017: Utopia/Dystopia.

The Social Exchange brings you all the opportunities you need to access the knowledge and networks which will help you get inspired, confident, and ready to take action.

It’s hard to recognise the world these days, and even harder to predict where it might go. People are trying to build a better future while others live through unimaginable difficulties. The Social Exchange 2017: Utopia/Dystopia shines a spotlight on the present and the near future, and asks - what can we do?  

Tickets are free but booking is essential.

 

Line-Up

In the lead up to The Social Exchange, we're announcing performers and speakers that will be taking to the stage. Our line-up so far is:

Anthony Anaxagorou Award-winning poet and founder of London’s premier poetry & live music night 'Out-Spoken', Anthony Anaxagorou will sharing a selection of his best spoken word pieces. 

Anthony Anaxagorou

Award-winning poet and founder of London’s premier poetry & live music night 'Out-Spoken', Anthony Anaxagorou will sharing a selection of his best spoken word pieces. 

Anthony Anaxagorou

Bridget Minamore Bridget is leading a talk. Here's a blurb: Can writing have a real impact on the world? Poet, writer, and journalist Bridget Minamore leads an interactive talk on the importance of being willing to change your mind. Drawing on her own experience and creative practice, she will work with the participants on identifying ways to help people question their opinions and learn new things. 

Bridget Minamore

Bridget is leading a talk. Here's a blurb: Can writing have a real impact on the world? Poet, writer, and journalist Bridget Minamore leads an interactive talk on the importance of being willing to change your mind. Drawing on her own experience and creative practice, she will work with the participants on identifying ways to help people question their opinions and learn new things. 

Bridget Minamore

Sammie Browne Let me help you be the change in the world you want to see." Amnesty International's Sammie Browne is here to help you nurture the passion and drive you need to see how what you do today can make a better tomorrow. She will share her own experience she gained working with Amnesty and pursuing her own activist goals, and help you find ways to make a difference by acting like what we do today has a real impact on everyone's tomorrow. 

Sammie Browne

Let me help you be the change in the world you want to see." Amnesty International's Sammie Browne is here to help you nurture the passion and drive you need to see how what you do today can make a better tomorrow. She will share her own experience she gained working with Amnesty and pursuing her own activist goals, and help you find ways to make a difference by acting like what we do today has a real impact on everyone's tomorrow. 

Sammie Browne (Amnesty International)

Chantelle Lewis This workshop will focus on how you can attempt to bring about change in a cultural institution whilst managing the juxtaposition of being ‘part’ of the body and its discrepancies with your own political beliefs.  The emphasis is on the importance of taking people with you on your vision of change, but also maintaining an important level of self care. I will stress the strength of activism from within at the same time as commenting on the personal challenges it can pose for the individual. BIOG Chantelle has a BSc & MA in Sociology and is currently doing a  PhD at Goldsmiths focused of ‘race’, class and mixedness in the West Midlands. Combining her studies with community work, Chantelle is also an activist and mentor in London. She aspires to be a public sociologist engaging with how public and private bodies should put inclusivity at the forefront of their operation. She can be found on Twitter talking sociology, politics & activism @Chantellejlewis.

Chantelle Lewis

This workshop will focus on how you can attempt to bring about change in a cultural institution whilst managing the juxtaposition of being ‘part’ of the body and its discrepancies with your own political beliefs.  The emphasis is on the importance of taking people with you on your vision of change, but also maintaining an important level of self care. I will stress the strength of activism from within at the same time as commenting on the personal challenges it can pose for the individual. BIOG

Chantelle has a BSc & MA in Sociology and is currently doing a  PhD at Goldsmiths focused of ‘race’, class and mixedness in the West Midlands. Combining her studies with community work, Chantelle is also an activist and mentor in London. She aspires to be a public sociologist engaging with how public and private bodies should put inclusivity at the forefront of their operation. She can be found on Twitter talking sociology, politics & activism @Chantellejlewis.

Chantelle Lewis

Jasmine Gardosi Jasmine Gardosi likes to write about weird things in unweird places – kind of like her, everywhere. She is the current Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Champion, last year’s Mix It Up Midlands Slam Champion and one of the winners of the International Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, was shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2014/15 and was a finalist in the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize for Performance 2015. Jasmine is slightly obsessed with taboo, its deconstruction and its power over language. At TEDxBrum’s International Women’s Day 2014, she delivered a talk exploring the taboo surrounding menstruation and she continues to run workshops that combine creativity with sex education and other awkward topics. Other facilitation work includes running West Midlands Poets’ Place, school workshops and CPD courses for psychotherapists and counsellors on using writing in therapy. She has previously hosted regular poetry nights in Birmingham and now co-organises the current Nexus series with Beatfreeks. Since completing her work with BBC Arts making short-form content as a Young Creative, she has worked as a Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sex education show combining dance and spoken word. Other feature performances include Hit the Ode, Tongue Fu and Level Up and in 2015 she represented the West Midlands on the Apples and Snakes Public Address III National Tour.

Jasmine Gardosi

Jasmine Gardosi likes to write about weird things in unweird places – kind of like her, everywhere. She is the current Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam Champion, last year’s Mix It Up Midlands Slam Champion and one of the winners of the International Pangaea Poetry Slam 2015. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, was shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate 2014/15 and was a finalist in the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize for Performance 2015.

Jasmine is slightly obsessed with taboo, its deconstruction and its power over language. At TEDxBrum’s International Women’s Day 2014, she delivered a talk exploring the taboo surrounding menstruation and she continues to run workshops that combine creativity with sex education and other awkward topics. Other facilitation work includes running West Midlands Poets’ Place, school workshops and CPD courses for psychotherapists and counsellors on using writing in therapy. She has previously hosted regular poetry nights in Birmingham and now co-organises the current Nexus series with Beatfreeks.

Since completing her work with BBC Arts making short-form content as a Young Creative, she has worked as a Poet in Residence for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is collaborating with Autin Dance Theatre on a sex education show combining dance and spoken word.

Other feature performances include Hit the Ode, Tongue Fu and Level Up and in 2015 she represented the West Midlands on the Apples and Snakes Public Address III National Tour.

Jasmine Gardosi

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Jay Johnson

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Shay D

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Joshua Idehen

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David Benjamin Blower

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Suriya Aisha

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NOTA Collective

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Barbella

 

2017 Programme

 
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Utopia/Dystopia: The Video Series

This is the story of two people from the same background that go through different challenges, which takes them to different places.

Part 1: The Leap

Part 2: Same City

Part 3: Different Stories

Part 4: What Can We Do Now?

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The Social Exchange: Utopia/Dystopia (2017)