TIMETABLE Spark 2015

This is the timetable from the Spark 2015.

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The Spark, 20 – 26 July 2015, hosted over 70 workshops covering a wide range of issues from housing to food, from making your own film to making your own music.

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Congo: The Colonial Past & Present and the fight for our Future

So why Congo? Well the minerals that come from this beautiful nation power all of our technology but at a costly price… This interactive and creative workshop will explore colonialism – what is it, why does it still exist, how are we perpetuating it and more importantly, how do we put an end to it? This promises to be an eye opener and empowering gathering so don’t miss out!

This session is being facilitated by Carpe Diem Events, which is a new and exciting creative and performance based platform to raise awareness on Congo’s conflict minerals in relation to our technology. This London based social enterprise puts on a range of quality monthly events that include music, poetry, spoken word and art as well as engaging with a range of community groups.

At the very heart of Carpe Diem Events is the belief in positive thinking and connection to all living things whether big, small, human, animal or natural element. Everything starts in the mind so why not make it a positive thought and something that will better the world eh?

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What is social justice?   (10am – 12noon only) 

An introduction to social justice and campaigning. With film, music and discussion, come and explore ideas of justice and injustice, drawing on your own experiences and interests.

This session will be facilitated by People and Planet

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The roles we play (12noon – 1pm only)

The Roles We Play invites you to take part in a workshop curated by ATD Fourth World in partnership with artist and photographer Eva Sajovic. The workshop stems from ATD’s latest publication: The Roles We Play: Recognising the Contribution of People in Poverty, a collection of photographic portraits and short autobiographical stories written by activists experiencing long-term poverty in the UK.

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Another workshop coming soon…

More info coming soon (We have cancelled the session Insider/Outsider but there are 74 other options to chose from!)


During Lunch on Monday we will have this additional session: Autism and Community  We need to talk about the welfare of people with developmental conditions, how the next five years could impact people like ourselves (people with Autism and family and friends), how community organising can help overcome prejudice and help society become more respectful of diversity and equality, and how our society needs to fundamentally change. Come join us for a discussion over lunch.


Tell me your story 

In this workshop, artist Rudy Loewe invites participants to tell their stories through making a comic or zine (self published magazine). Narratives of marginalised communities are often not available to wider audiences, considered unimportant or told by storytellers removed from those communities. This workshop is about empowering individuals to see the importance in our own narratives, making our voices heard and exploring this through creative outputs. The comic/ zine format allows for the stories to be copied and shared with the consent of participants.

This session will be facilitated by Rudy Loewe

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Working 9 til 5?

Zero hour contracts, unpaid internships, precarious work, workfare, workers rights under threat… what does work look like in 2015?  This session will look at our perceptions of what work is and how the value of work is decided. Some of the questions we will be asking are: What is work?; What would work look like in a non-capitalist society?; Would we work without coercion?; Do we have the right to be lazy?

The discussion will be facilitated by the Brick Lane Debates, a loose, open group of radical activists committed to organising bottom up, participatory political events. The aim is for people to meet, debate and network, contributing to the building of a mass anti-capitalist movement.  www.bricklanedebates.com

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What’s wrong with party politics?

In this session we’ll discuss what party politics is, and explore what politicians are supposed to do, asking what it means for politicians to serve the people. We’ll look at the questions ‘to vote or not to vote?’ – is it worth it, or does it just encourage them? The session will finish off with us looking at our own beliefs, and how we think ‘politics; should work, and whether the system can work for us!

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Stop and Search training for young people

This session aims to give young people the tools to interact with the police safely, and the skills and knowledge to handle a stop and search.

This peer training session will provide some information about your rights with really practical tips for young people to manage this confusing and stressful situation, ending it as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Through screening our short film, open discussion and role play exercises, the session will introduce participants to our 6 key steps for handling stop and search encounters and teach them how to apply these in practice.

This session will be now be run by Newham Monitoring Project

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Confronting the Prisons in the UK

A workshop introducing the prisons in the UK, the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems. We will explore if prisons are necessary, if prison abolition is achievable and what alternatives exist that can support our communities to respond to harm. Learn about active campaigns against prison expansion in the UK.

Facilitated by the Empty Cages Collective (ex-prisoners organising against the P.I.C)

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Africa Intergenerationally

(Please note this is an event for African Diaspora Family only)

The African Diaspora in Britain is currently faced with several profound challenges: Adults of African descent are disproportionately out of work, in prisons, in the mental health system and under-employed in relation to our talents. Our youth are being disproportionately failed by the education system, and targeted by the criminal justice system.

As a community, we cannot afford to simply wait on the State or other authorities to address these issues. Much like the activists of previous eras, we must pro-actively seek out solutions to our own challenges, through our own lens, ourselves. Considering the wealth of wisdom and experience within our elder community, and the abundant knowledge and energy of our youth, we ask – What can come out of an honest, intergenerational conversation amongst those of the African Diaspora in Britain?

We look to use a truly inclusive methodology to bring the generations together to harvest the richness of our cultural heritage, as well as our more modern experiences. We shall span the wide range of issues which threaten our functionality in the world, as well as those which can enrich our potentials to fully self actualise.’

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From 6pm – 9pm there will be an open acoustic jam in the Nomadic Community Garden (a ten minute walk from the Brady Arts Centre).  Bring your instrument, bring your words, your voice, your movement and join in!


How gentrification affects communities and what we can do about it

Many of us can feel and see the city changing. New property being developed means homes being destroyed; a profitable housing market means rising rents, displacement, and established communities torn apart. People on a low-income, unemployed people, Black people, mothers, and the disabled are disproportionally affected.

Some blame the developers, others the hipsters; some blame the council, others blame capitalism. Many are resisting evictions, protesting at property fairs and fighting to save beloved community spaces. Little publicised in the media, many of these fights have been won. In this session we will explore the affects of gentrification, hear stories of communities resisting, and reflect on the roles that we play and what we can do together to keep our communities strong in this changing city.

Speakers from Our Tottenham, Reclaim Brixton, Friends of the Joiners Arms, Defend Council Housing / Stop the Blocks Campaign, Just Space, and Focus E15 Campaign.

Hosted and facilitated by Yvonne Field Founder of the Ubele Initiative and  long standing international ​change agent and facilitator

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How to be more secure online

Many of us spend our lives online; whether at home, in the office or out and about. We use the Internet to talk to our loved ones, store our photos, spend our money and organise our lives. We also use it to organise politically and find out information about sensitive topics.

This session will help you understand what things to bear in mind when thinking about improving your online security. There is no quick fix to security but you should come away from this session with an idea of what steps you’d like to take to help make yourself more secure online.

We’ll look at where you and information about you might be at risk. We’ll think about security in the physical world and how that compares to online security. And we’ll take a look at some of the things you can do to help improve your security.

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Film: The Panafrican Festival of Algiers 1969

(French/Arabic with English subtitles) brought to you by Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC) and the Spark.

Duration: 90min

This little known masterpiece of a documentary by the photographer, painter and graphic artist William Klein plunges us into the very heart of the 1st Panafrican Cultural Festival held in Algeria in 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight on African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule and calling for the same freedom for the rest of the continent. William Klein’s film captures the sense of jubilation of the moment and provides historical context for understanding a continent united in its desire for freedom. The spirit of the documentary is: “African culture will be revolutionary, or it will not be.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Hamza Hamouchene, an Algerian activist, writer and co-founder of Algeria Solidarity Campaign (ASC).

An event not to be missed, a documentary to be reveled in.

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How to make your own short film… on your mobile!

Eye Want Change: Mobile movie making and activism Film screening from our previous competition, discussions about ways technology is altering activism and how to make your own films on a mobile!

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Heritage investigators: Bengali poetry, and the impacts of the East India Company with the Shanghati Literary Society 

Three truly unique local  projects, come along to find out more!
The Shanghati Literary Society will share this project which seeks to reveal the rich heritage of poetry in East London during 1960-80, primarily by Bengalis, through oral history and collecting community poems showing a changing local context and the place of Bengali poetry writing. Find out how the project’s working and what will happen next.
2) HUMAN STORIES AND THE EAST INDIA COMPANY : In this project the Brick Lane Circle will works with twelve volunteer researchers to write short fictional stories telling the story of the East India Company and its  major impact on Asian and British lives for more than two centuries including stories of migration and immigration long distance romance; inter-racial relationship; experiences of racism and more
 3) SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION IN EAST INDIA COMPANY SHIPPING (1600-1858) The Stepney Community Trustexplores how scientific progress and technological innovations applied to East India Company shipping and long distance navigation changed Britain’s links and relationship with Asia during 1600-1858.

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Energy Democracy: What if we controlled our energy system?

with Fuel Poverty Action, Global Justice Now and more…

In the UK millions of people struggle to keep warm and well every winter whilst private energy companies makes billions of pounds of profit; globally, fossil-fueled companies are responsible for countless attacks on communities and for hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by climate change every year. But what if we controlled our energy supply? What if we got to keep the profits and make the decisions about energy? What if energy supported and empowered communities and was good for our health? Join this workshop to imagine an energy system beyond fuel poverty and climate chaos. Together, we will explore local energy co-ops, community resistance, taking over Town Halls and workplaces– another, fairer energy system is possible!

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Poetry Writing Workshop: Exploring the Personal as Political

Join educator and writer, Belinda Zhawi, for an afternoon of reading and writing poetry. The workshop will explore social injustice through delving into personal narratives in order to explore the personal as political. Participants will be encouraged to express themselves without fear of censorship or negative, unconstructive criticism. There will be an opportunity to share what’s been written within the workshop with other participants. Bring open hearts, minds and ears because everyone’s story matters. The workshop will be built for intermediate to strong writers but all are welcome.

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‘Meanwhile spaces- what are they? with the Nomadic Community Garden

(3pm – 4pm only)

What is a meanwhile space, , how do they work and why they are important to the social and cultural fabric of an area? This talk takes place in the Nomadic Community Garden, down the road from the Spark (10 minute walk) in a garden that has been set up using a meanwhile lease – a lease that allows the temporary use of an empty space or property whilst it awaits new ownership or building.

Find out how the garden was set up, how the meanwhile system works, and how this could be relevant to your projects.



“Why do you eat?”- shaping food systems from need

Humans need to eat.

‘Why do you eat?’ ‘What do you eat?’ ‘What would you like to eat?’ In this session participants will be asked to think about where their food comes from, and explore the root causes of what foods are most accessible in the UK and to who. If ‘all communities need access to fresh, healthy foods’ participants will be invited to look at the food needs for themselves and their communities- and how this shapes food systems we need in the UK designed and beneficial to the people in them.

The workshop aims to break the frame of a broken food system dominated by big business and subsidies to large scale chemical farmers- and imagine different ways we can relate to the food that sustains us.

UK Food Sovereignty Movement & Community Food Growers Network

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Migrant union organising in London & getting organised at work

Henry Lopez from the IWGB, a grassroots independent union representing workers at the University of London  and various other institutions including the Royal College of Music and Royal College of Art, which has won the Living Wage, as well as Sick Pay, Holidays and pensions (3Cosas campaign) for the some of the most precarious workers in London.

Ewa Jasiewicz, an organiser for the Unite Hotel Workers and Restaurant Branch which has just won a breakthrough access agreement with one of the biggest hotel chains in the world, and is launching a campaign to get Pizza Express to scrap their 8% waiters’ tip tax.

Both organisers know what it means to fight and win – this workshop is about how we can find our own power in work or support others to, through organising, solidarity and protest.

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During dinner on Tuesday you’ll have chance to relax with performance and music from YaYa Bones, and Elephant Disco.


Taking back the city: how communities on the front line can fight back

An interactive workshop and discussion with community activists and campaigners, facilitated by Take Back the City.

As London becomes the most attractive city in the world for the super-rich, thousands of families are being priced out of the city each year, and nearly a third of young Londoners live in poverty. A city that so many love for its diversity and vibrancy seems increasingly to be designed in the interests of a tiny elite. If London should be ours, then it needs to be taken back.

Come and discuss the issues that affect us as Londoners and what we can do about it. With Take Back the City, a campaign group trying to build a people’s movement in London, and representatives from different communities that are experiencing London’s problems first hand and are already fighting back.

Confirmed speakers: – Elif Sarican, Kurdish Community Centre – Evci Bey, DayMer – Tasnima Ahmed, Globe Poets – Tracy Smith, Asta Community Hub, Newham – Henry Chango Lopez, 3 Cosas campaign / IWGB – Jacob Mukherjee, Take Back the City

With Take Back the City

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Exhibition making with Sorryyoufeeluncomfortable 

Collective exhibition-making about social justice.

This will be an interactive performance where the audience will create a large artwork. There will be hundreds of justice-themed images displayed as a slide show. The audience would be provided with paint pens, inks, and fabric pens and encouraged to pause the slide show, reposition the projection and trace images onto the fabric. When the fabric is covered in traced illustrations and texts the workshop will end and the artwork will be displayed throughout the remainder of the Spark. Creating this piece together will provide a space to discuss issues of social injustice and to collectively deconstruct and decolonise theses images.

With sorryuofeeluncomfortable

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Palestine 101

In the weeks of Israel’s terrific assault on Gaza in the summer of 2014, London witnessed growing waves of mass protest. Hundreds of thousands rallied across the city in tremendous shows of solidarity with Palestine. And while communities of colour came out in increasing strength, for many of those marching, it was their first active engagement against its occupation.

The idea of this workshop emerges from this spirit of solidarity with Palestine and seeks to affirm why its liberation is a matter of urgency. It provides an introduction to the history of the occupation and critical insights into its contemporary status. In so doing, the session will use a comparative approach that locates Palestine within global struggles for racial, anti-colonial struggles.

The workshop is thus aimed primarily at those who are seeking a foundational understanding of the situation of Palestine and how the struggle in/ for Palestine is relevant to their work and lives. It will also be useful for those familiar with or active in Palestine solidarity work to re-frame the struggle from an anti-racist and feminist perspective.

The session will combine some information sharing with interactive and reflective exercises in an effort to bring the question of Palestine, personally and politically, ‘home’.

Facilitated by Black Feminists for Palestine

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Economics is for all of us (runs 10am – 4pm)

Economics is complex and best left to the experts? Right? Wrong. The economy affects all of us. We can all get our heads around it, and understand the myths and the alternatives.

This day long workshop is designed for people who feel angry about the injustice of inequality, poverty and the attack on public services that is the result of austerity and want to counter government’s spin on things but feel intimidated when ‘economics’ comes up in a conversation.”

Facilitated by The Economic Justice Project

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CANCELLED: What does inclusion mean?

We’re sorry this session is cancelled! But, if you want to discuss making events and activism accessible to disabled people please think about attending the session “Making events accessible!” on Thursday 23 July 4pm – 6pm.

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Learn how to make your own podcast!

This two hour practical workshop will give you all the technical knowledge you need on how to make a podcast, including how podcasts work, what equipment and software you need, different types of mic and recorder to use, how to stream live radio and much more.

Run by the people from k2kradio.com and radioactive.org.uk

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Economics is for all of us continues until 4pm…

Session starts at 10am.


What would free education look like in our schools and colleges?

Inviting education workers of all roles and backgrounds, students and others to come and share perspectives on the issues they face in education, strategies for change and visions for what free education might look like! We will address themes from fighting tuition fees and direct action to resisting high stakes testing from age 5 up, from privatisation to reward and punishment. We hope to build connections and strength through our commonalities and differences – and to leave with inspiration and plans to develop …

Facilitated collaboratively by education workers, students and activists from Radical Education Forum, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and elsewhere.

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Can I touch your hair?


A workshop on tackling every day sexism and racism for women of colour

Structural racism and sexism spring up on women of colour in every-day occurrences (sometimes called ‘microaggressions’) – from strangers seeming surprised at how well we speak English to being patronised or overlooked by colleagues to friends responding with anger and defensiveness when we talk about racism, sexism, homophobia, able-ism or other oppressions. Sometimes we respond in ways which leave us feeling effective, standing tall and proud of ourselves. Sometimes, we leave the situation feeling frustrated, hurt, small and emotionally drained. Sometimes we even feel guilty! This is a workshop to share stories, build solidarity and look at what we ourselves can do in the moment to change the situation. The issues are serious, but come prepared for playfulness and laughter too! The aim is for each of us to leave feeling energised and more ready to experiment in new ways, next time we face a ‘microaggression’ at work, with friends or acquaintances.

WHO IS IT FOR? This workshop aims to create a safe space for self-identifying Women of Colour to share our own experiences of racism, sexism and other oppressions. ‘Women of colour’ is a political term originating in the US. Other terms used in the UK can include Black women and BAMER women (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women). This includes trans women.

Facilitated by Shilpa Shah. Shilpa is a Black feminist, an activist and trainer focused on creative and inclusive community empowerment work.

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How to plan your own workshop

Workshops begin with a great idea but it is often challenging to translate this into a well-structured, participatory session. This session will support participants to create a workshop, walking your idea through the planning stage, considering the different factors that influence your decisions and how to strike the right balance. It will also consider the roles you play in delivering the workshop, providing skills and approaches to move away from playing the “expert” towards facilitating a collective learning process.

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During dinner on Wednesday there will be a screening of ‘We Can Win’ ten short inspiring films sharing stories and tactics from some of the Economic Justice struggles in the UK over the last 50 years, the films hope to contribute to the ongoing process of movements now learning from the successes and failures of the past.


Fighting back migrants, or migrants fighting back? How migration activism can tear down ‘Fortress Europe’

This sessions looks at the makings of Fortress Europe – why criminalising migration is the new ‘in’ thing, and the uprisings against it. By exploring the current migration situation in Europe, this session will question the past and present, and offer alternatives for the future of acceptance of migrants and freedom from Fortress Europe.

With Antonia Movement for Justice, Maurice Alarm Phone and others

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The Spark Sings!

Protest movements across the world sing to support their activism. Singing together builds confidence and connection in a group. And it’s great for self-care; singing can relax tense muscles and give your heart and soul a lift.

In this session, we will do gentle physical and vocal exercises to warm up our voices and learn some simple vocal technique; Sing simple songs from around the world, related to struggles for social justice and building community. Songs will be taught by ear and we will experiment with different parts and harmonies; And have a lot of fun!

Everyone welcome, especially you bathroomonly singers out there. No singing experience is necessary.

Led by Shilpa Shah, who is passionate about community empowerment through singing together. See www.myheartsings.co.uk

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Stop the Arms Fair

Join us for a creative action skills session, and find out how you can get involved as we target the DSEI arms fair, its organisers and the exhibitors that make a profit from killing and repression.

DSEI is one of the world’s biggest arms fairs. This September, in London, arms companies will be arriving to display their weapons to buyers from around the world. The UK government helps to organise this arms fair, invites these military buyers from around the world, and helps arms companies to make deals, at taxpayer expense.

This has to stop, and together we can stop it. DSEi is planning to return in September 2015 and we’ll be there is challenge it. Whether you’re new to campaigning, part of a group or an experienced activist, there are loads of ways to take action against the arms fair. We can target the arms dealers in our midst with daily direct action, mass public actions and creative campaigning- so come along and help stop the arms fair!

Find out more at www.stopthearmsfair.org.uk, and keep in touch @stopthearmsfair facebook.com/stopthearmsfair

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Mental Health and the cuts (11am – 1pm)

Cuts have damaging psychological costs, both increasing mental distress in the present and storing problems for the future. During this session the current state of mental health in London will be examined and we will look at how we can organise against austerity policies that threaten it.

With Tamsin (Psychologists against Austerity), Lynne Friedli who has done research into psychological coercion in workfare, the Canerows project, and others.

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The concept of intersectionality was born out of the struggle for recognition of black women in the US. A non-abstract, practical idea, grounded in the experiences of black women.

In the past few years, intersectionality has gone from relatively obscure concept to superstar theory. Oftentimes it can be scary and inaccessible to many, and importantly it may seem next to impossible applying it, be it in activist groups or in interpersonal relationships.

In this workshop we will think collectively of ways to make the concept of intersectionality accessible for all. Then in smaller groups we will focus on how to do intersectionality in practice. The idea being that at the end everyone will have a more solid and grounded understanding of what intersectionality means, and some practical ideas of how to apply it in activist groups and organisations, or in interpersonal relationships, from your bedroom to your houseshare.

Who is it for? This workshop is tailored for both organisations and activist groups, and those who want to think about applying intersectionality in their lives and relationships.

Facilitated by the Sisters Dissidents, the women from the Black Dissidents, a group of black and brown radicals who fight for a world freed from white-hetero-male supremacy.

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Unarmed civilian peacekeeping: Possibilities and Challenges!

This workshop will draw upon on my experiences in unarmed civilian peacekeeping (UCP) to discuss the strengths, limitations and learning of working within the international NGO sector. UCP entails the work of protecting civilians under threat and preventing violence from escalating in areas of violent conflict. This session will address:

– what UCP is – it’s heritage, principles and contrast with/effectiveness relative to armed peacekeeping – case studies of UCP in practice and it’s relationship to the wider aid/NGO system – the challenges and limitations of UCP

We will also have the opportunity to reflect on critiques of international humanitarianism to understand whether this structure can move beyond its traditional frame of charity and developmentalism to offer a serious conception and realisation of justice.

Facilitated by: Derek Oakley is a facilitator, peace worker and writer currently studying toward a PhD in Education and Social Justice with Lancaster University. He is a member of London Roots Collective.

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Connecting southern and northern activism around energy and economic injustice. (2pm – 4.30pm)

This workshop is for grassroots environmental and economic justice activists to build stronger connections between southern and northern activism aiming to prevent environmental damage, forced-displacement, and energy and economic injustice across the world. It will explore land and resource grabbing by governments and multinational corporations that has caused the destitution of millions of people and will also look at the worldwide impact of privatization and mining companies in the west. The drastic increase of privatisation and mining companies’ in the west has not only caused environmental disasters overseas but also gave birth of an influx of climate refugees across EU borders.

Facilitated by Phulbari Solidarity Group

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GRRRLS club:

Workshop for women only

What does it mean to be a Young Woman of colour in London? Janine, Wangu and participants from Threads project (young women’s project) will run a session of the importance in how we define ourselves. We will be sharing our experiences of being involved in women only spaces how they impacted us. This workshop will be co-facilitated by the Threads participants and womanists who are also youth workers (Wangu and Janine). As womanist Youth Workers we are often faced with statements like these from the young women we work with: “Why are light skinned girls considered prettier than darker skinned girls?” “Why are all the clothes made in Bangladesh” “Why is it bad if I want to have sex” “I can’t walk through that part of the estate because boys will comment on me” We all will be sharing our experiences, strategies and ideas in how we discuss and deal with “politics” with young women who are often seen as being apolitical. We hope to create an inclusive space for all self -identifiying/ defining women to take part in this session.

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​The ability in disability: questioning the idea of being healthy and well-being

This workshop asks what is ‘normal’? It explores ideas around ‘ability in disability’, ‘normal health’ or ‘healthy’. It encourages a curiosity about understanding ableism as a system that affects everyone by dictating what is ‘normal’ around ability, including ideas and practices around ‘health’ and ‘well-being’.

Facilitated by:

Ciara identifies as an activist, an academic, queer, disabled.

Dyi has been an activist in Amsterdam around issues of gender, race, reproductive rights, and age/generation and now, in London, tries to catch up on issues of disability and sex/uality while fluctuatingly ill and doing a PhD

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Divestment, Boycott, Moving Your Money: does it work? (4.30 pm – 6pm)

Boycott? Divest? Reinvest? Move your money? Can moving your money from one shop to another, or from one bank to another really make a difference?

Hear from a range of groups who are using these tactics about why they have chosen them, and get involved in the debate over how this tactic can be used for social change.

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Seeking liberation, an introduction to anti-oppression

(Runs 4.15pm – 6.15pm)

Seeking liberation A participatory workshop for people who want to become more able to challenge and overthrow all kinds of oppression – both in society at large and in our movements for social change. This workshop is for working-class, middle-class and owning-class people; for people of African, Asian, European, Latin American and of other and mixed heritages; for lesbians, gay men, bisexual folk, heterosexuals and people whose sexuality is more complex than that; for trans and non-trans people; for Muslims, Buddhists, Christians – for people of all religions and none; for people in their teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond; for activists, campaigners and people who don’t use these labels for themselves. Not a lecture, but a chance for us to explore and increase our own power to make change. Led by Milan Rai of Peace News.Led by Milan Rai of Peace News.

Equality and being inclusive and accessible

Everyone says they are aiming for equality however they do not always factor in being inclusive and accessible. Physical, hidden and logistical barriers can very often prevent people from being properly involved. Although nearly always unintentional, this exclusion has a negative impact on the campaign and access isnt always easy to add on later.

Non disabled people do not always understand what barriers disabled people face in going about day to day activities – eg. having steps to a physical meeting place mean wheelchair users are excluded, having information only available on pdfs mean that blind people who use text reader to access electronic information are left out and if you have meetings that start very early in the morning might mean that people who need personal assistance to get ready or those who have chronic issues might find it logistically challenging to make it to your meeting.

facilitated by Eleanor Lisney, an access adviser who is also a wheelchair user.

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Planetary Emergency – Building the Climate Justice Movement

From Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Mali and Brazil floods, typhoons and droughts are already impacting many millions of people, both here and abroad. And it’s the poorest people who are being most affected but who have done least to create the problem.

Billions of people more people will lose their lives and livelihoods as our planet heats up, yet governments do not have the political will to act, because powerful corporate interests don’t want their profits threatened.

All across the world, people are organising and resisting. They are campaigning for real solutions to energy, food and for justice. In the year when Governments will meet in Paris to agree a climate deal, our hope lies with people.  Together, people are showing that they are more powerful than they could possibly imagine.

Come and listen to some of the UK’s leading climate justice activists on how they are building the future and a climate justice movement that can win.

Speakers: Ruji Surjan – MADE in Europe and the Muslim Climate Coalition Tisha Brown – Black Dissidents and Reclaim Power Daniel Voskoboynik – This Changes Everything UK Asad Rehman – Head of International Climate Friends of the Earth

And others tbc

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Theatre: Homophobe in the Head

Dramatist John Hoggett will help turn the audiences stories of homophobic oppression into a rich drama of Queer Resistance. Take part in creating an original piece of theatre.

This queer play is interactive and requires about 20-30 people to attend: please come along, it will be an amazing show!

This piece takes place in the Nomadic community garden, a ten minute walk from the Brady Arts Centre. The are no steps, but the ground in the garden is quite uneven – contact us to find out more about access!

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Advice clinics

Drop in advice will be available on housing, energy and benefits from Hackney Digs, SELC energy advice group and barristers social justice group Pro Bono in the LMC . This is a great chance to get free, one on one, face to face legal and practical advice on a range of issues including housing, immigration, criminal law and more. If you sign up for this workshop, please let us know on your registration form the area that you’d like advice on so we can make sure there’s someone there who can help.

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Praxis Voices Praxis Community Projects is committed to working with vulnerable migrants.

We are deeply concerned for the safety and well being of refugees, asylum seekers, refused asylum seekers, people with limited or no recourse to public funds as a result of their immigration status, young unaccompanied asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, foreign national offenders and others who find it difficult to settle in the UK.

Praxis is an organisation that places people’s voices at the heart of its work. This session will be facilitated by some of Praxis’ group members who will discuss how they raise their own voices in fighting their own particular struggles and how they would like others to be involved in the process.


Debtocracy: Why debt rules our lives and how to resist it

This workshop will look at why debt is increasingly coming to rule people’s lives in this country as well as many countries around the world, what the causes of this are, and what actions and strategies we can take to resist the rule of debt in our movements.

Jointly facilitated by Jubilee Debt Campaign and Debt Resistance UK.

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Drop in local history session with Tower Hamlets Heritage Officer (11am – 3pm)

In this informal session you will have a chance to browse through resources which will take you into the history of Tower Hamlets, including women’s, immigrant and labor history. Come along to look at these revealing images, maps and more and chat to other participants about the history of the borough.

And why not follow it up with the local history walk (ati-fascist footprints) at 4pm?

Direct Action training (runs 10am – 4pm)

A day long, interactive and fun day of Direct Action training. Whether you have never been involved in a direct action before, want to be or are experienced but want to brush up your skills, confidence and techniques, come along! Direct action can be defined as acts which are ‘immediately effective that target a particular injustice’- and it’s an empowering tactic for activists to use across various struggles and issues. It allows groups of people to create and take space, to get their issue into the media and to stop harmful government and corporate activity. The day will cover the what and why of direct action, practicing physical skills for direct action and confrontation, the Law and Direct Action, and how to plan a Direct Action. You only have to take part in activities that you are comfortable with but we do ask that people attend for the full day. We will work with you to accommodate your accessibility needs.

The workshop will be delivered by experienced and friendly facilitators from London Palestine Action.

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Revolution in Rojava: why does it matter?

5 years ago there was a Revolution in Kurdistan, in a region called Rojava. They are currently building a society based on women’s liberation, ecological justice, racial equality, and a bottom-up/grassroots democracy. In this workshop we will put ourselves into the shoes of a community in Rojava and get a taste for how issues are dealt with, decisions are made, and what another society could look and feel like. We will then explore the who/what/where/whys and whens of the revolution, screen a short film about it, share some traditional food, and then discuss why solidarity is important and how the revolution can practically effect social change in the UK.

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How you gonna win if you aint right within? (women only)

Self-care and it links to spirituality and ones sense of self are neglected in the organising of social justice movements As womanists we believe taking care of the psyche and having faith has been an instrumental tool in the survival of people of colour, especially women.

“How you gonna win, if you ain’t right within?” is a self-care workshop that blends the slow, mindful movements of yoga with the awareness of mind, body and breath connection of meditation. The aim is to provide a foundation of therapeutic healing that participants can use for their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

This workshop will provide a space to reflect on: – Why self–care is important – The different forms self–care can take – including practical examples – The challenges that get in the way of self–care

This workshop is open to all women.

We hope to create an inclusive environment regardless of sexual orientation, disability, political documentation or past experience of domestic abuse. The intent is to use trauma-sensitive yoga to help participants build solidarity, restore self value and ease tension stored in the body.

FOI requests and citizens audits

FOI Requests and Citizens Audits This workshop will explore the Freedom of Information Act, teaching you the tricks to find out what your local or national government is doing, and to get all the information you need for your campaign It will also look at citizen debt audits, which are citizen-led public investigations of how the government’s or council’s money has been spent. It will outline how you can perform citizen audits and how you can challenge what you find.

Facilitated by Centre for Investigative Journalism and Debt Resistance UK

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Direct action training continues…

This session starts at 10am


Dealing with everyday sexism

Inspired by the Everyday Sexism Project, this session aims to provide a cathartic space where women can share their experiences of everyday sexism, and have them accepted and believed, in a world where they are so often ignored or brushed off. No woman should feel that she is alone or isolated in her suffering of everyday sexism, and the more we share, the stronger we become.

It is our hope that hearing how others have dealt, or not dealt with everyday sexism will provide a sense of solidarity and community, as well as helping us to learn new methods of coping. While it our right to stand up to sexism, the session will be sensitive to the fact that it is NOT our responsibility to have prescriptive solutions or pressure ourselves to be able to cope.

We welcome all self-defining women who want to share their stories as well as those who wish to listen. Sexism is an intersectional issue and it is recognised that not all women suffer sexism in the same way.

Some discussion topics will be: cat calling; ‘compliments’; feeling safe in the street; sexism amongst friends/family/in the workplace; sexism in activist circles; the wider movement to combat sexism.

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DIY or Die: How to Start a Punk Band and Make Change


Workshop leaders: Stephanie Phillips and Chardine Taylor-Stone

Time slot: Friday 24th July 4pm – 6pm (2 hour slot)

Workshop title: DIY or Die: How to Start a Punk Band and Make Change In these tense political times activists begin looking to their strengths to display the variety of ways that we can resist against oppressive forces. Join Big Joanie’s Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums & vocals) and Stephanie Phillips (guitar & vocals) as they discuss how to start a band, why we started as a DIY punk band and how that outlook has affected our band, how you can use music as a creative outlet and how to bring an intersectional outlook to your band.

If you have any instruments, drums pots or pans you can bring for this session please bring them along.

This session is FULL!

The Prevent programme & Islamophobia

For several years the Home Office has funded a programme supposedly to ‘Prevent Violent Extremism’.

From teachers being asked to inform on students, to Prevent officers overseeing events and meetings in communities, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act represents one of the greatest threats to civil freedoms in a generation.

Making Prevent a statutory requirement, encompassing all aspects of society from schools to universities to nurseries will further demonise and persecute communities already under the spotlight.

The latest proposals for extremism and banning orders are are indicative of how this agenda will also be used to further criminalise communities and our right to dissent with chillingly vague definitions of what constitutes “extremism.”

This workshop will discuss how to counter this Act and ‘Prevent’, from deconstructing the Islamophobic basis of Prevent to developing broad campaigns of opposition.

With NUS Black Students and the Islamic Human Rights Commission

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Anti-Fascist Footprints local history walk

The stirring story of how the East End resisted the invasion of Oswald Mosley’s fascists in October 1936, has become an iconic moment in London’s 20th century history, but this moment has a back-story, and an aftermath, that are revealed through this walk.

You will find out who Oswald Mosley was, why he was so determined to build a popular base in the East End, and what this meant for the large Jewish population that inhabited this area.

You will find out about the different arenas in which the anti-fascist organised and the roles of people like Phil Piratin and Joe Jacobs in mobilising a response.

You will learn why and how the Jewish People’s Council was created and what it did to stop the growth of fascism in the East End.

The events of October 4th 1936 centred especially on Gardiners Corner and Cable Street, both of which are visited on this walk.

with David Rosenberg, East End Walks

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During dinner, chance to hear from poet Munera.


Black Lives Matter – 40 years of Resistance and Rebellion – the struggles of Britain’s black communities

Stories of resistance and rebellion covering the Grunwick Strike, the iconic self-defence campaigns of the Bradford 12 and Newham 7 in the 1980’s, The Tower Hamlets 9 Defence Campaign, to the Stephen Lawrence family campaign, the brutal deaths in custody, to those criminalised and imprisoned in miscarriages of justice right through to those facing today’s war on terror.

Learn about the victories achieved by militant community campaigns to the uprisings that rocked the country as UK’s black communities fought to establish and strengthen their place within British society fought in the face not only of individual prejudice but trenchant state racism, not least by institutions like the police and the courts.

Featuring archive film footage charting 4 decades and speakers spanning over 40 years history of struggle by Britain’s black communities. Speakers: 

Amrit Wilson – activist and writer on issues of gender and race. Her books on South Asian women include the seminal ‘Finding a Voice – Asian women in Britain’ and more recently Dreams Questions Struggles -South Asian Women in Britain

Shanice – Black Dissidents/Sisters Uncut – radical black sister active.

Nasir Uddin – Tower Hamlets 9 Defence Campaign/Youth Connection 

Asad Rehman – Activist spanning the Asian Youth Movements in the 1980’s, to Chair of Newham Monitoring Project

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Women’s activism and film

Drawing on the recent discussions on the documentary, ‘India’s daughter’ this workshop will examine what the film sets out to do and what impact it had on feminists in India and in Britain. How useful was the film in the context of transnational solidarity. How did the film portray the message of the anti-rape movement which emerged after the Delhi rape case in 2012? Who were the ‘experts’ on anti-women violence in the film?

How can a film be a useful tool for women organising and fighting for justice? The workshop will draw on film extracts, leaflets and press cuttings to discuss how images and messages about Black and Minority women’s struggles are created. Also the workshop will raise discussion on how the film maker’s relationship to the Women’s movement shapes the content of the film being produced

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How we did it: Find out how the Spark was organised, ask questions and tell us what you think!

If you would like to find out more about how the Spark was organised, ask questions about the event, tell us what you think (positive and critical), and make suggestions for the future then join us for this session, led by some of the Spark organisers.

You don’t need to register for this session, just show up it’s open to everyone.

Working through Conflict

Conflict is a natural part of living but also often one of the scariest! The aim of this sessions is to help you think pragmatically and positively about conflict. We will look at different roles people play in group dynamics and how these might lead to conflict. We will also take some time to explore how identity and power affect us personally in conflict and look at conflict analysis tools. Finally we will look at techniques for managing conflict. This is an introductory level session open to anyone.

This session will be facilitated by Zahra Latif -Zahra is the campaigns and communications officer for Liberation at the National Union of Students, she is a skilled facilitator with a background in community dialogue, conflict management and interfaith work. 

This is part of the theme ‘Keeping Our Groups Together’ which runs through the Saturday of The Spark. Register for this session >>>



Criminalising communities of colour

A look at current challenges that communities of colour face through over-policing and policies that disproportionately target them such as immigration checks and drug laws. With a specific interest in those at play in Tower Hamlets, we will learn about how communities are organising against these types of injustice and surveillance, and share tactics on how to monitor and intervene in these discriminatory practices. London Campaign Against Police and State Violence will be participating in this session, final details tbc.

Food Growing, Hip Hop and the Green Economy(Part 1 of 2)

This workshop is a taster session to May Project Garden’s Hip Hop and Permaculture course. It introduces the main concepts underpinning the May Project (Hip Hop, Permaculture and Events). In this session, you will develop an understanding of the role Hip-Hop can play in the community, what Hip Hop has to do with food growing or ‘green issues’; and also use Hip Hop techniques to reflect on your experiences, aiming to produce a poem, rap or rhyme.

Facilitated by KMT of May Project Gardens

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Practical introduction to Theatre of Oppressed

This workshop will offer a practical introduction to Theatre of Oppressed techniques (also often referred to as Forum Theatre). We will look at the ways in which this work can support groups to examine their experience of power and oppression, and to begin to deconstruct shared difficulties or oppressions through reflective dialogue. These drama-based techniques were originally developed by Augusto Boal in Brazil, and then evolved over several decades into a variety forms for raising political consciousness and generating ideas for action towards social change. We will explore the work through experiential activities and discussion. There will also be opportunity to reflect on how these tools could be used within the context of your groups, communities and work.

*Please note that no drama experience or performance skill is needed at all, and participants can participate as much or little as they feel able.

This is part of the theme ‘Keeping Our Groups Together’ which runs through the Saturday of The Spark.

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Healing Justice with Shake!

A healing justice session on radical self-care in organising, exploring aspects of arts, activism, race and power.

With Shake! A project that brings together young people, artists & campaigners to develop creative responses to social injustice.

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May Project Gardens: Social and personal journeys since Spark 2014 (Part 2 of 2)

This workshop will show what May Project Gardens achieved during the past year, in terms of social and personal impact. We will share how we’ve grown as an organisation and what outreach programmes we have developed and will include case studies of individuals who started engaging with MPG after the Spark last year, and the personal development they went through as a result. We’ll highlight the importance of investing time in social causes and steps small community projects have to take to reach their goals.

Facilitated by KMT of May Project Gardens

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Systems of Oppression, Communities of Care

“We are burning out faster and at higher rate, unable to do the work we love. How can we win when our bodies individually and collectively can’t keep up? We are risking not just burn-out, but organizer loss and movement fragmentation. We cannot afford this.

[But] talking only about self-care when talking about Healing Justice is like only talking about recycling and composting when speaking on Environmental Justice. It is a necessary and important individual daily practice, but to truly seek justice for the Environment, or to truly seek Healing for our communities, we need to interrupt and transform systems on a broader level.

We need to move the self-care conversation into community care. We need to move the conversation from individual to collective. From independent to interdependent.” Yashna Padamsee

In this workshop we’ll be shifting the conversation about care in this way. Using the framework of Disability Justice and the principles of collective care and interdependence we’ll think through how we can make our groups into more supportive and sustainable spaces.

With Lani and Andrea, co-facilitators who have been working together around issues of racism and ableism

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The Spark Showcase: Performances from the week, with supportive artists        (7 – 10.30pm)

Join us for the Spark showcase, a chance to hear the music, poetry, performance and art produced during the week of the Spark. There will be an open mic session, along with performances from some of the artists who have supported the Spark. So bring your words and instruments, come early for some dinner, and then settle down for some good vibes.

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Living History with Crossroads women’s centre

The multi-racial Crossroads women’s centre started as a Wages for Housework Campaign squat near Euston in 1975. This new film traces different buildings and activities of the Centre over 40 years up to its current home in Kentish Town. A much-used drop-in and community resource, it now hosts over 15 groups. The film will be followed by a discussion hosted by groups based at the women’s centre on how we can keep our organising strong over time. Come to this session for a chance to benefit from some amazing intergenerational learning, and the lessons of decades of organising by this amazing project.

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Collective Liberation: Putting it into practice!

The idea of collective liberation recognizes that all struggles for social justice are linked, whether they’re against colonialism, patriarchy, capitalism white supremacy, ableism etc. But this isn’t just an abstract principle to write in a values statement. This belief has concrete impacts on how we need to organise, and that’s what this workshop is about. How can we resist oppressive dynamics in our groups? What effective solidarity can we give other struggles for justice? How can we better look after each other through this process?

Facilitated by London Palestine Action – a network of people in London taking creative action against Israeli apartheid through BDS and other effective, participatory Palestine solidarity work.

This is part of the theme ‘Keeping Our Groups Together’ which runs through the Saturday of The Spark.

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What is gender? (11am  – 1pm only)

This trans-led workshop aims to get organisers and activists thinking more critically about gender and how we think about it. Come and explore: which ideas around gender are privileged in our organising spaces; the issues with how we deal with gender in our spaces, and the oversights we have; how our ideas around gender impact the work we do. Over the course of the workshop, we’ll develop ideas for better, more respectful, and inclusive activist spaces for all genders and non-genders.

Facilitated by Sam and Sami – two non-binary people involved in queer and non queer organising galore, how both get enraged by limited ideas of what gender is and how it works. A version of this session raran at the Anarchafeminist Conference in London last year.

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MY ART Is My Weapon: “A People’s Art is the Genesis of THEIR Freedom”

The session aims to challenge inherently white supremacist notions and assumptions about the nature of radicalism and resistance for racialised and minoritised peoples. This session will explore alternative approaches used by social change grant-makers. This workshop aims to challenge and encourage the transformation from a one dimensional approach to one that not only acknowledges but also embraces diversity of revolutionary action.

Explore and develop an overstanding of the significance and power of racialised and minoritised Art forms as agents of change: from the drum as the manifestation of rebellion, uprising and protest to Advocacy in Poetry “My tongue is a paintbrush but I know its venom too” … The session aims to raise awareness of injustice, discrimination and oppressive practices and/or regimes by demonstrating that “OUR people’s” art has had the power to effect change in way that “dry politics” does not and cannot because it lacks the capacity to involve diverse audiences.

There will be plenty of opportunity for participants to share, challenge and contribute.

Facilitated by Shareefa Energy -a spoken word artist and workshop facilitator

And I Sis – an Advocate, Activist, Community Organiser, Coach, Facilitator, Trainer, Senior Project & Production Manager, Public Speaker, Presenter and Poet

from The Edge Fund

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Health and privatisation

Under the ever increasing privatisation of healthcare, health inequality is widening. But what these changes are, and how it will affect our own access to healthcare can be hard to find out. With input from Keep Our NHS Public, the People’s Health Movement, Medact and community health groups, this discussion will equip participants with the knowledge to question and challenge health services on how privatisation will affect them, and how to get involed in the fight to keep the NHS public.

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History is the narrative of the victors: Challenging colonialism and posession

History is the narrative of the victors: Challenging colonialism and possession In order to create a social, economic and environmentally just world, we need to escape out of the bubble of economic and political ideas that we currently follow. This workshop will explore ideas of how to do this. It will also look at challenging historical narratives and educational curriculums that are created by and for white people.

Facilitated by Nishma Doshi – A community Activist based in York who has a keen interest in building a socially just world, even if that ruffles a few feathers.

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Fundraising for grassroots community and campaign groups

There’s lots to consider if you’re thinking about raising funds for your group.

This session will take you through the basics of what you need to do to be eligible for funding from trusts and foundations. It will cover some important questions to consider about grant fundraising, including the impact it might have on your work, the power relationship between funder and applicant and reporting requirements.

We’ll look at new models of grant funding that aim to be more democratic and accountable. Finally we’ll talk about the importance of raising funds in lots of ways so that you can have more reliable and flexible funding for your group.

With the Edge Fund.

(If there’s something you’d like us to cover in this session drop us a line on sophie@edgefund.org.uk)

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Culinary Colonialism and Cultural Appropriations

Outline: A multi-sensory, immersive journey, exploring the colonial history of our foodways.

Participating in this workshop will connect you to understandings of the unique, historical routes of Britain link it to its present day impact on culture, tastes, health, community, economics and oppression.

Do you define your experience with food in the world or has the world defined for you what is important in relating to food and how does this relationship impact upon colonised people? We will learn that we have all been colonised!

Workshop by Community Centred Knowledge

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PLUS 2pm – 4pm Session for children (NEW!) the amazing Joe and Shaun from The Otesha Project UK will run an interactive workshop looking at the what trade is, and what ‘fair trade’ look like. We’ll look at where bananas come from, how much everyone in the Banana production line gets paid and the impacts of monoculture growing – and the difference for the workers between buying Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade.  This session will extend to other Fairtrade products like chocolate,tea and cotton, and the issues of food miles and food growing seasons. Ages 6 or 7 up to 14 (we’ll be offering childcare from 2+ as usual!)” Register now >>


Racial and economic violence in the Imperial Triangle: The US, UK and Israel

The summer of 2014 was a summer of protest, as righteous rage blazed from the streets of Ferguson to Gaza. Millions took to the streets globally, condemning the destruction of black and Palestinian lives and proclaiming their inviolable worth. Messages of advice and support between black American and Palestinian resisters demonstrated similarities between the conditions. This was most brutally evidenced by the revelation that some of the law enforcement agencies occupying Ferguson had been trained by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). Indeed, the trade in arms between the US, UK and Israel, is no secret itself.

This session will look beyond these explicit connections to understand how the ‘Imperial Triangle’ uses common strategies of control, domination and terror through borders, occupation and criminalisation. It will feature information and analysis-sharing between organisations that work on eviction and homelessness, migration, detention and criminalisation within the UK as well as those that work in solidarity with similar groups in the US and in Palestine. In so doing, we will seek to identify similarities in strategies of state violence against racially and economically marginalised populations as a means of sharing practices of resistance and disruption.

This workshop is intended to build upon the comparative framing offered in the Palestine 101 workshop. We look forward to participation from practitioners, solidarity activists, and anyone interested in understanding connections between juridical, economic and political violence committed by states globally as a means for strengthening challenges to the same. This is also an opportunity for people working in similar struggles to connect with each other.

Coordinated by Black Feminists for Palestine

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‘Every generation is a lost generation.’

Different Skies publication invites participants to bring found or original texts to discuss at this open meeting on ‘lost generations’.

The idea of a ‘lost generation’ has an immediate resonance with young people growing up in conditions of austerity. But it’s also an old idea, calling up the experiences of generations over the last hundred years.

The workshop will explore the political contradictions of the theme: how the idea of ‘a generation’ risks glossing over inequalities of class, race and gender, reducing history to a series of styles available for consumption (‘the 60s’ etc.), and yet at the same time implies a level of collective consciousness that can be a way of learning lessons from the past and galvanising the present.

Call out for writing and found texts:

Participants can bring their own writing or a found text such as a newspaper clipping, song lyric or strap line from an advert – anything that activates the ‘lost generations’ theme. If you’d like to bring your own writing, please send it to us in advance: editors@differentskies.net

For more information about us, see differentskies.net/about-us

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Social Auto Healing (4pm – 5pm)

The idea for Social Auto-Healing workshops came from a desire to mix experiences of self-healing and group work, reconnecting mental distress to its bodily manifestations and socio-economic roots. Resisting the attacks of ruthless economic systems and developing and fighting for alternatives daily is extremely stressful.

This session is for those familiar with the ups-and-downs sensitive brains go through and for those curious to find out more about it. It will be followed by a session on mental well-being and austerity. The facilitator will be available if any participant needs more time to discuss in the safe space developed together. This is a low relaxing session and participants should come out of it feeling positive and supported.

Successfully run at Dragon Cafe, Come We Grow, and Grow Heathrow, this session at The Spark is bound to be scintillating fun!

Cultural Assets and Cross Cultural Relationships 

Who are we as ‘immigrants’ in the UK? Do we not have a right to shape how we describe ourselves and an obligation to determine for ourselves our relationships with each other?

The colonial dictate is to divide and rule, but it can only do so effectively if we fail to claim, and put into effect, our ability to explore our inter-connecting rights and responsibilities as those who have unique values and who have been subject to the ‘modernity’ of a multi-faceted dictatorship.

This workshop will explore the powers that we have to affirm pro-active, intergenerational and resilient futures – in interaction – through participatory ways of interrogating both the past and present.

During part of the workspace we will be exploring the following questions:

Think about

1) a situation where you have not felt able to be yourself or be authentic to your own ‘cultural’ mode of being and

2) another where you felt able to be yourself even when not in a familiar ‘cultural’ place or setting.

We will be responding to these questions and sharing our thoughts in small groups. Please try to bring any objects that connect to your chosen situations.

Workshop with Mama D and Anna Lau

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Systemic Constellations – Developing Connected Strategies

In systems, the behavior of the whole is different than the sum of the parts. Each human system has an emergent property; an information field which carries key patterns that describe the system. Systemic constellations allow us to tap into this information field and to see the whole system at once so that the conflicts and issues immediately become clear. With systemic constellation work, we are learning how humans are linked together in the shared systems that make up the webs of our social lives.

This workspace will invite participants to bring with them the issues that they care about and/or work on. We will do a series of constellations through which hidden and interrelated dynamics in the system(s) may become visible and allow us to find connections and reframings that enable us to develop more connected social change strategies.

Facilitated by: Anna Lau is a facilitator and educator. She is currently curating an arts-centred systemic facilitation and research hub – Arteries

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