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Centre for Excellence in Participatory Theatre: Summer 21 Events, Collective Encounters

  • North West, National
  • combined arts, dance, interdisciplinary arts, libraries, literature, museums, music, theatre
  • Marianne Matusz


Collective Encounters are delighted to their new programme of sector development events under the Centre for Excellence in Participatory Theatre have been launched.

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If you are an applied/community/socially-engaged/participatory arts practitioner you will be interested in some of these events for June & July which include:


THURSDAY 17 JUNE, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Keeping Well - Participatory Artists' Wellbeing

A two-hour workshop exploring strategies to support artist's wellbeing – we will explore practical and reflective ideas for supporting our own wellbeing and discuss what the long-term support needs for the sector are. We will introduce some techniques for wellbeing and provide the space for practitioners to share their own experiences and ideas.

THURSDAY 15 JULY, 11am - 1:30pm

Putting Anti-Racism into Practice

The calling question for this Open Space event is - What role can the arts, arts organisations and arts workers play in eradicating racism and building more inclusive communities?

Join guest speakers to hear about how their work is addressing inequality, diversity and access to the arts, leading to a participant-led open space discussion where those present will set the agenda and you will be able to move freely between conversations.


THURSDAY 22 JULY, 11am - 1:30pm

The Future of Participatory Theatre

What does the changing world of participatory theatre look like 2021 and beyond? A panel of guest speakers will explore participatory theatre in 2021 and beyond, the potential for ACE’s Let’s Create strategy and how participatory theatre can play a role in post-pandemic recovery. Then we hand over to you to take the conversation forward; this event is for practitioners, theatre-makers and professionals involved in community participation and engagement to get together and consider what’s next.

All events are free (donations welcome), take place online with access support provided.

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