B Creative Summer School 2018 – week 2 – Be a Mover and Shaker

24 Aug

by Rajna Begum – Peer Leader:

Empowerment, what does it mean to you?

A feeling that leads to the betterment of ourselves

The betterment of the world and helps see us through

When we have doubts it helps keep us true

Stand up for what we believe in as courage seeps on through

Confidence, belief and determination builds as we leap to prove

That we can move in the direction we want, we are free to choose

It’s time to wake up, make a move instead of just dream and hit the snooze

It’s not an easy path to success you will win, you will lose

Now I’ve done the dreaming part, so if I may be excused

The week culminated in a performance that consisted of everyone’s individual pieces being performed together as a collaborative. Assembling together as a unit the routine showcased the power of self belief and determination. As we leaped into action we presented the stories of female activists such as Elizabeth Fry and Chimamanda Adichie showing how women can make positive change in the world and are not the inferior sex. Taking the stories of influential women throughout history we were able to show using movement how the position of women has changed throughout time.

Also incorporated into the choreography was our own personal stories showing how we grew and progressed from feelings of doubt to feelings of empowerment. Using the history of feminism to influence the routine we produced a piece which challenged us to push ourselves and grow together as activists.

B Creative Festival 2018 – details announced

9 Aug

All Change – in partnership with Autograph ABP, Candoco Dance Company, Furtherfield & Park Theatre present

B CREATIVE FESTIVAL – 24 hours of ARTS ACTIVISM

23 & 24 August 2018

a platform for the voices, ideas and creativity of young women aged 16-25 … B THERE!

B BOLD B SEEN B HEARD B CREATIVE B THE DIFFERENCE B THE CHANGE

This Summer 2018, young women aged 16-25 in Islington have taken part in B CREATIVE SUMMER SCHOOL – designed and produced by young women for young women – a programme of 5 amazing arts projects with 5 extraordinary arts companies – All Change, Autograph ABP, Candoco Dance Company, Furtherfield and Park Theatre – led by inspiring female artists – Fran Lobo, Sarah Blanc, Tanja Erhart, Mickaella Dantas, Aida Silvestri, Marysa Dowling, Charlotte Frost and Amy Allen.

Featuring original – photography, dance, poetry, digital arts, music and theatre – created by young women, B CREATIVE FESTIVAL shares their work and explores and expresses the issues that matter to young women now – offering new insights, perspectives and voices, which will CHANGE THE CONVERSATION … and maybe the world!

Join us for…

B CREATIVE LIVE EVENTS:

Thursday 23 August 2018

5-7pm @Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA

Friday 24 August 2018

5pm @Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP

5.30-7pm @Furtherfield Gallery, Finsbury Park, N4 2NQ

Look out for…

Pop up activities in public places across Islington throughout Friday 24 August 2018

Follow …

B CREATIVE ONLINE EVENTS:

From 5pm Thursday 23 August – 7pm Friday 24 August 2018 – find regular artworks, images and posts on Instagram @bprojectlondon and here on the B Project Blog

All events – live and online – are free admission.

Refreshments will be provided at the B CREATIVE LIVE EVENTS

Please email bproject@allchangearts.org to let us know if you wish to attend any of the LIVE events stating Autograph, Park or Furtherfield to indicate which event you will be attending.

 

B Creative Summer School 2018 – week 1 – Vocalise Your Values

9 Aug

By Morgan McManus Lee – B Peer Leader:

B Creative Summer School kicked off with ‘Vocalise your Values’ – a 3-day summer intensive of the B project’s ‘Lyrical,’ a singing, song writing and music production project. Working with artists Fran Lobo and Tony Nwachukwu, we created pieces that aim to promote change and enable our voices to be heard. Several activities allowed us to think about what transformation we would like to see in the world, and looked at assorted examples of activism.

We thought about and discussed issues that mattered to us, and themes that arose included bullying, parental tactics, equality and diversity. Various conversations surrounding why these issues matter, how we would like to inform others of the issues, and how we can change them followed. The conversations were really interesting as everyone had different opinions and felt differently about some subjects. Often the room was split, but everyone had the freedom to express themselves safely and without judgement. For inspiration, we looked at several methods that have been used historically and contemporarily as activism. Striking, terrorism and peaceful protest were explored, and we decided the best way to get our message across was a peaceful protest.

We then had to think about what our peaceful protest would look like. A traditional feminist chant ‘Tower of Strength’ was a good starting point, uniting the group and giving us a taste of what previous protests have looked and felt like throughout time. The ‘All Change Together Party’ was born, and we collectively created a manifesto that summed up our beliefs. Homemade pickets expressing our beliefs were also created to add to the authenticity of our protest. Writing a song felt necessary, as music is one of the best ways to unite a group of people, and knew that if we made it catchy then people will remember it. We then fashioned our own individual pieces and some role-play to expand our understanding of these. Tony and Fran encouraged us to work on our stage presence as a key way to get your message across is to be sure of yourself. A lot of importance was placed on our body language and the clarity of our voice on stage, as they are just as important as the words we are saying.

The highlight of the week was definitely seeing everyone’s confidence improve. By the end of the three days the group felt a lot more comfortable sharing their opinions and values, and also opened up to other points of view. The emphasis on stage presence also empowered everyone, and allowed us to say our pieces with conviction.

Next stop …Be a Mover and Shaker with Candoco Dance Company 6-10 August at Platform.

B Creative Summer 2018

30 Jul

B part of an extraordinary summer of ARTS ACTIVISM

24 July-24 August 2018 – 1 summer – 5 amazing projects – a 24 hour festival – working with 5 exceptional arts companies and inspiring female artists – for young women aged 16-25

Join us for this FREE programme that promises to challenge, excite and inspire young women. Learn new skills, have fun, meet people and gain an Arts Award qualification.

Open to disabled and non-disabled young women aged 16-25.

Choose from 5 amazing projects. Take part in as many as you want to. Click Here to find out more!

B launches new outreach programme for 2015

18 May

bbagThe B Peer Leader team of young women, joined by some new members for 2015, launches a new phase of outreach and projects for young women in Islington this week.

Look out for the team in their B T-Shirts with their B Bags at Bus Stops after school, and at school gates and assemblies around Islington!

If you are a young woman aged 13-19 make sure you get your free B Bag filled with information about projects and services available for you!

For more information about B contact projects@allchangearts.org or call 020 7689 4646

B Project celebrates a successful 2013/14 and plans next steps

17 Apr

_DSC4609 copyB has completed an extraordinary year.

We have delivered:

A wide range of regular projects for young women aged 13-19 in Islington including B VOICES, B PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITE IDEAS, B CREATIVE WEEK and CANDOCO SUMMER SCHOOL.

Several intergenerational YARN DANCES for the community.

Contributions to Word2013 Festival including the B VOICES performance and the B PHOTO tour.

A brand new publication I AM

Two of our B Peer Leaders have delivered two new B babies!

 

We’ve seen Peer Leader – Desara progress to an amazing Apprenticeship in Theatre Production … and much more.

Our Peer Leaders are now working hard to plan the next steps for the B Project. Watch this space for more news soon…

 

 

 

New Autumn/Winter 2013 Projects

15 Nov

B project paper objectsWe’re pleased to announce 3 new B Projects for this autumn:

Write Ideas

An author-led writing project with Sara Grant and Sarah Mussi. Discover how to create stories, poetry and more, enjoy soon-to-be-published books and meet professionals from the publishing world. Complete with cup cakes! Write Ideas is a partnership with Platform Young Creative Producers, Hot Key Books, Edge Writers Group and Islington Libraries.

Tuesdays 5-7pm @ Platform, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT

B Photography

Work with professional photographer Marysa Dowling to develop your skills and ideas, and create your own images.

Wednesdays 5-7pm @ Platform, 260 Hornsey Road, N7 7QT

B Voices

A creative project, which mixes drama, creative writing and performance skills, led by poet, playwright and performer Kat Francois – work with other young women to find creative ways of expressing your ideas and having your say.

Wednesdays 4.30-6.30pm @ Canonbury Youth Project, Canonbury Youth Project, Unit 3, St. Paul’s Road, London N1 2SY

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