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EMERGE(NCY) PARTY

This month’s guest blog is from a new initiative called EMERGE(NCY) PARTY which launches at the beginning of May. The initiative is aimed at asking young people how the world could change for the better after the Covid-19 crisis. It gives young people a voice in the crisis, to protest, to share and to celebrate – an opportunity to imagine and explore a better future through art.

EMERGE(NCY) PARTY

The project is open to young people aged between 12 and 18, who are interested in making art/theatre/music/film, community organising, forms of protest or simply have something to say in the midst of the current crisis.

EMERGE(NCY) PARTY part 1 will take place over 15 weeks from the beginning of May to the beginning of August with weekly online Zoom sessions for participants. These sessions will take the form of discussion and making workshops, including a check-in about how participants are individually coping, a discussion around ideas for positive community action and a practical workshop on a particular art form leading to that week’s creative assignment.

Themes of these workshops will include:

Personal Storytelling, Creative Limitations, Interviewing Techniques, Portraiture, Art as a Form of Protest, and Community Art

Creative assignments will include:

Photography, soundscapes and field recordings, making and editing short films, writing, theatre making, song writing, painting and drawing

The participants will be offered a creative mentor in an area of the arts that interests them, in order to help guide their creative responses to the tasks.

The young artist’s responses to assignments will be hosted online, at WWW.EMERGENCYPARTY.ORG which will archive their collective journeys.

Part 2 of EMERGE(NCY) PARTY will move offline once social distancing policies are being relaxed. This will offer young people the opportunity to organise celebratory community gatherings where they will showcase or exhibit their creative journeys. These events will be a chance for the young people to bring their local communities together again after isolation, reflect on their experiences and share their ideas for positive local initiatives moving forwards. They may involve, for example, a shared meal, hosted talks, performed readings or songs.

Sixty-five young people are already participating all over the country from Aberdeen to Coventry to London and the project hopes to engage 60 more in the coming two weeks.

The project is FREE to sign up to. There is a suggested donation for those who can afford it. All donations will go towards the running of the project and all profits will be donated to YOUNGMiNDS: https://youngminds.org.uk/

The Team

The team behind EMERGE(NCY) PARTY are Bethany West and Barney McElholm (Assistant Directors, Shakespeare’s Globe 2019), Emma Stones (NZ Fringe & RA Lates) and Jude Shapiro (British Red Cross). The project was inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s impassioned challenge to the social meaning of disasters in her book, A Paradise Built in Hell, which explores the social meaning of disasters.

The current crisis has radically and abruptly flipped the world for young people. They are being asked to make sense of cancelled exams, to accept that their teachers’ opinions will determine their futures, to cope with being separated from peer groups at a time in life when this is so fundamental, to live in close proximity to family at an age when independence is so important. And this is all a mere backdrop to the terrifying global battle between life and death; where their parents’ fears for their livelihoods and vulnerable relatives might, understandably, take precedence over the teenager’s stresses and anxieties

Bethany West, Co-Director EMERGE(NCY) PARTY

For too long our society has been built around supporting the voices of an aging voting population; making multigenerational decisions on Europe, the climate crisis and state debt. Triple lock pension increases holding hands with the cancellation of free school dinners. Young people have either been excluded from political discourse or worse, vilified by our leaders. We are giving young people a voice. It will be a voice of intelligence, ingenuity and hope.

Barney McElholm, Co-Director EMERGE(NCY) PARTY

Your Year in Music

Our workshops here at the Music Workshop Company explore music, culture and history from all over the globe. Many festivals and important calendar events can be linked to a workshop theme to add depth and understanding to a topic.

This month we take a look ahead to see how music workshops relate to learning throughout the year.

Autumn Term

October is Black History Month, a month dedicated to the remembering and celebration of African culture. This is a culture rich in musical heritage, much of which is perfect for group learning and participation. Workshop choices include African Drumming, African Songs, South African Songs, Blues and Afro-American Songs.

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October 12th is Children’s Day in Brazil, a chance to try a Samba Workshop. Many countries around the world celebrate Children’s Day, honouring children and raising awareness of children’s issues. Read more about Latin American Percussion in our blog post.

October 31st is Halloween, a perfect opportunity to work on song writing and composition. Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) is a Christian festival dedicated to remembering the dead, but has become synonymous with ghosts, ghouls and other spooky beings. A composition workshop could explore horror-movie style creepy music.

November 20th is Universal Children’s Day, an annual celebration first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954. It was established to encourage all countries to dedicate a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. Song writing and composition workshops can be designed to look at the subject of Children’s Day.

November 30th is St Andew’s Day, the feast day of the Scottish patron saint. Learn about Scottish folk music in a Scottish Songs workshop, or try some Scottish dancing in a Ceilidh Workshop.

Spring Term

January 19th 2015 is Martin Luther King Day in the USA. The life and contribution of Martin Luther King is observed on the 3rd Monday in January throughout America. Integrate Blues and Afro-American Songs Workshops into your study.

January 26th is Australia Day. It’s the anniversary of the arrival of the first fleet of convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. This is a great subject to explore in a composition workshop and we also offer Australian Songs for a direct link to that extraordinary time.

February 1st February is National Freedom Day in the USA. President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1st 1865. Explore American culture with our American Songs and Song Writing workshops.

Monday 2nd February 2015 is Constitution Day in Mexico and a chance to try a Mexican Songs workshop.

February 6th is Waitangi Day in New Zealand Day. This holiday commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi; New Zealand’s founding document. Explore the New Zealand culture with a New Zealand Songs workshop.

March 1st is St David’s Day, the feast day of the Welsh patron saint. Wales, and an opportunity to study Welsh Songs and Dance in our workshops.

African DrumsMarch 6th is Ghanaian Independence Day. An African Drumming workshop will give a fantastic window into the culture, people and history of Ghana.

March 17th is St Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Learn about the incredible musical history of Ireland in our Irish Songs workshop.

April 2nd is International Children’s Book day. Song writing and Composition workshops can be based on favourite books and stories to look at aspects such as character and plot development in literature.

Summer Term

April 23rd is St George’s Day in England. England has a wonderful folk music history which you can discover in our English Songs and English Dance workshops.

May 23rd May is Labour Day in Jamaica. Until 1961, May 24 was celebrated as Empire Day in Jamaica, in honour of the birthday of Queen Victoria and her emancipation of slaves in Jamaica.In 1961 the day was renamed Labour Day, remembering the anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Relevant workshops include Jamaican Songs and Song Writing.

June 1st is Children’s Day in Poland. The festival was introduced in Poland in 1952 and coincides with the beginning of summer. Schools organise special activities and the festive events run during the first week of June. Parents buy small gifts for their children. The Polish Songs workshop looks at the culture of Poland.

June 14th is Bastille Day in France. Bastille Day is the French National Day commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution. This is an opportunity to explore the French Songs workshop.

All of our workshops are tailored to the specific needs of our clients and the participants. To discuss a custom-built workshop exploring any of these festivals and events, contact the Music Workshop Company today.

 

 

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