Social Change Through Art & Entertainment

Feb 12, 2009 · Greater London, United Kingdom

On February 12th we are holding a social networking evening to illustrate the importance of art and entertainment to social change. Members can join us at The Hub in Kings cross from 6.0pm on where there is a bar and coffee available. The evening will start at 6.00 pm and go on until 8.15 to 8.30 pm after which you are all invited to stay and informally meet others. Talking to us will be, Jo Wilding who is an activist, clown, barrister and is known for the reports she sent from Fallujah on the horror of the American assault on the city. But when she wasn't blogging, she was wearing stilts and trying to cheer up Iraq's traumatised children. She started a circus. She got the idea for the circus after seeing her friend Shane blowing bubbles for a boy they met in a hospital in Baghdad during the bombardment. His sister had been killed and the rest of his family injured when a rocket tore the upper storey off their house. She has published a book called “Don’t Shoot The Clowns.” Anamaria Wills who is the Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Development Agency (CIDA). Anamaria is a founder member of Yorkshire's Digital Cluster Steering Group; Chair of Skillscene, the national organisation developing a competency framework and work-based qualifications for people in the live arts; and is a member of the UK Government's Task Group for Skills and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries. Social Change is not just about changing hearts and minds but also about action and the leisure industry like the art and entertainment one can play an important role here. Simon Berry is an entrepreneur who believes that the art, leisure and entertainment industries have a role to play not only in making people think about social change but in engaging with it as well. He leads a campaign with a growing number of members (>7,000) interested in working with Coca-Cola to reduce child poverty. He wants to use Coca-Cola's distribution muscle in developing countries to save children's lives. Greg Tallent, organiser of the London Bridge Festival 2009 due to take place in July, will talk about the Festival and how he sees it not only as a vehicle of enjoyment and pleasure but one where people can think about their world and perhaps change their view. We also hope to have another speaker or entertainer join us on the evening. Art, and its expression through entertainment, is an important way to change how people think about their world. American comic George Carlin said that laughter was a 'moment of Zen' - a moment when the human mind can receive ideas that can change the way it sees the world. It is perhaps only creative activity that can really appeal to the senses or emotions of a human individual - whether it is music, theatre, literature, the visual arts or even street performances that you happen to come across This meeting is being sponsored by CIDA which aims to provide artists and creative entrepreneurs with professional development and business support, helping them to maximise their potential for earning from their creativity

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