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Freedom on the Tyne - Jarrow March Workshops & Rehearsals

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As part of Freedom City 2017’s programme of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Newcastle University awarding Martin Luther King an honorary doctorate, Newcastle City Centre will become the stage for a huge public theatre performance on 29th October 2017; ’Freedom On the Tyne’.

As part of this performance join Bethany Elen in a musical street theatre piece to celebrate and commemorate our past grassroots social and political movements. Led by a full brass band, the performance will be a re-enactment of the Jarrow March, Suffragettes, Miners, Anti-War, Anti-Racism and Anti-Poverty protest movements. We are inviting local people, passionate about and active in current social justice causes and campaigns ands members of local campaign groups and organisations to join us in what promises to be an evocative, exciting and unforgettable cultural celebration of our past social justice struggles.

If you would like to learn more and become involved, there will be a series of workshops in which Bethany Elen and Theresa Easton will explore these themes, creating placards and banners and learning songs and chants associated with the historic protest movements.

Workshops are open to all but if you have a particular passion for a certain cause, the workshops will be themed as follows:

Tuesday 3rd October (5.30-7.30pm @ Broadacre House) - Theme: Anti-War

Tuesday 10th October (5.30-7.30pm @ Broadacre House) - Theme: Suffragettes

Tuesday 17th October (5.30-7.30pm @ Broadacre House) - Theme: Miners

Sunday 15th October (10.30am-12.30pm @ Chilli Studios, New Bridge Street, Byker) - Theme: Jarrow March

Sunday 22nd October (10.30am-12.30pm @ Chilli Studios, New Bridge Street, Byker) - Theme: Anti-Racism

Tuesday 24th October (2-3pm @ BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art) - Open Workshop exploring all themes

Tuesday 24th October (3-4.15pm @ BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art) - Open Workshop exploring all themes

Tuesday 24th October (5.30-7.30pm @ Broadacre House) - Open Workshop exploring all themes


All equipment, tools and learning resources will be supplied (& you can keep your placard after the performance!)

For more information please email: info@bethanyelen.co.uk

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