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Familiar Strangers: Writing Across Languages and Cultures
Sun 20 November 2016, 11:00 – 16:00 GMT
Entry to both parts of this event is free of charge.
No knowledge of languages other than English is necessary, but any knowledge of any other language is very welcome!
This day of creative exchanges will explore how in multicultural communities we translate and transact between languages when we express our experiences and emotions and listen to the stories others tell. The idea of 'Familiar Strangers' reminds us of how we might feel uncertain, even fearful, about encounters with different people, languages, places and practices, but might also feel the excitement and the hope of making new connections and recognizing our own experience in that of others.
In the morning, we will hear performances and readings from a multilingual group of Birmingham-based writers. An afternoon drop-in workshop will invite the public to bring the words they each associate with feelings of hope and fear and work together with us to produce short pieces of writing.
11am-1pm: our group of writers will present and perform a selection of their work, focusing on hope and/or fear, as highlighted in the concept of ‘familiar strangers’. These artists write mainly in English, but their work is criss-crossed by a number of other languages which they know well, including Arabic, French, Italian, Somali, Yoruba, as well as dialects of English, such as Black Country. They write in a range of forms, from poetry to plays and audio-visual works. The morning session will bring to life this plurality of influences.
The writers performing are: 'Femi Abidogun, Kristina Gavran, Pascale Presumey, Shirin Ramzanali Fazel,Farideh Valigholizadeh and Ahmed Magare.
2pm-4pm: creative writing workshop using small-group activities to allow members of the public to join for as short or long a time as they wish. The writers featuring in the morning session will act as facilitators in groups of 3-4 people. Each group will discuss the words, in any language, which each of them associates with the emotions of hope and fear. We will work collaboratively to produce within the workshop short writings telling stories of ‘familiar strangers’.
This event is part of the Being Human Festival 2016. FAQs
Is booking necessary?
Booking is required for the morning performance. Booking is not required for the afternoon workshop, in which participants can come and go as they like, but preference will be given to participants who have a booking.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Participants under the age of 16 are welcome, but must be accompanied throughout the event by a parent, carer, or other responsible adult (over 18).
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?