Sat 15 Jun 2013–Sun 16 Jun 2013

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Activism Weekend

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What is activism and are we all responsible for making the world a better place? Join artists, activists and others to discuss caring, change and action.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

Imagine Peace Papercutting workshops with Poppy Chancellor, in partnership with The W Project
The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
FREE
Saturday 15 June 1pm – 4.30pm
Sunday 16 June 1pm – 4.30pm

SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Guerrilla Girls: Estrogen Bombing
11.30am – 1pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination and corruption in the worlds of art, film, politics and pop culture. Join these feminist masked avengers and culture jammers who reveal how they come up with their interventions…

Art and Activism
1.30pm – 2.30pm
The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
A panel discussion exploring the different ways artists respond to complex social issues, political situations and important personal causes.
Chaired by Shami Chakrabarti, the panellists are artist Bob and Roberta Smith; Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company Jenny Sealey; and Heather Ackroyd, of artist partnership Ackroyd & Harvey.

Activist Bites
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Hear four activists tell their stories, each in just 15 minutes.
Ashley John-Baptiste on being fostered and fostering a cause; Kat Craig, Legal Director at legal action charity Reprieve on lessons learnt from the Guantanamo campaign; Charlie Kronick on why, with everything else to worry about, he still cares about the Arctic – and you should too; Bryony Kimmings and her nine-year-old niece Taylor present their project Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model.

Guerrilla Girls’ Workshops: Aesthicize Your Activism
2.45pm – 4.45pm
JP Morgan Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Don't just go ballistic over an issue, join a Guerrilla Girls' workshop and learn how to plan an activist campaign.
Please note, limited places available. Sign up on the day from 10.30am at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Ticket Office. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Technology and Activism
3pm – 4pm
The Front Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
This panel explore some of the ways that activists are successfully using new technologies and tactics to change the status quo and some of the barriers they face. Chaired by Olivia Solon, Associate Editor of WIRED.co.uk, the panellists are author and activist Cory Doctorow; Director of The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at DEMOS Jamie Bartlett; and Executive Director of 38 Degrees David Babbs.

Peaches and Jude Rogers in conversation
3pm – 4pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Peaches talks to journalist Jude Rogers about the social and political activism that has informed her work and life. Followed by an audience Q & A.

Let’s start a Pussy Riot Book Launch
4.30pm – 5.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Loud, controversial, fearless — Pussy Riot undoubtedly ushered in a new era of feminism and political freedom with their protest acts. Their dialogue continues in this new book Let’s Start A Pussy Riot with contributions from Yoko Ono and over 30 other artists – and, exclusively for Meltdown, expands beyond the pages.

SUNDAY 16 JUNE

Pussy Riot
12pm – 1pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Kerry McCarthy MP, MP for Bristol East and shadow minister for human rights plus very special guests unpick the complexities of the Pussy Riot case in support of the women who are part of it.

Sandstorm in the Sahel
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Weston Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Andy Morgan, writer, journalist, ex Manager of Touareg supergroup Tinariwen and author of a new book Music, Culture and Conflict in Mali, spends an hour in the company of desert blues stars Etran Finatawa from Niger. After many years of touring their unique blend of Toaureg and Wodaabe music world wide, the band moved from being cultural ambassadors abroad to cultural activists at home. Travelling across Niger they took their music and the message of valuing cultural identity into schools.

Activist Bites

1.30pm – 2.30pm
St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Hear four activists tell their stories, each in just 15 minutes.
Laura Bates on #EverydaySexism, #FBRape and getting Facebook to face misogyny and change its image; Peter Tatchell on his life of activism - why and how?; Giles Duley on the camera as advocate – telling the stories of civilians caught in conflict; Shaun Attwood on life after prison.

Guerrilla Girls’ Workshops: Aesthicize Your Activism
1.30pm – 3.30pm
JP Morgan Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Don't just go ballistic over an issue, join a Guerrilla Girls' workshop and learn how to plan an activist campaign.
Please note, limited places available. Sign up on the day from 10.30am at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Ticket Office. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique
1.30pm – 2.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Immortal Technique (Felipe Coronel) is a revolutionary. This special film, The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, is an exploration of one man's global journey to fight injustice through music. Immortal Technique is performing as part of Meltdown on Sunday 16 June in Royal Festival Hall.

Katharine Hamnett in conversation
3pm – 4pm
Weston Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
Katharine Hamnett is a fashion legend and the originator of the iconic political and protest slogan t-shirts. Here, she talks here about her inspirations, what drives her to make change happen and the relationship between her work as a designer and an activist.

You have the power
A look at the music that makes us
3pm – 4pm
St Paul’s Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall
As personal catalysts go, few are as powerful as music. DIVA magazine editor Jane Czyzselska invites artist Sadie Lee, author Jonathan Kemp and performer Bird La Bird to discuss selected works by Yoko Ono, Siouxsie Sioux, Savages, Boy George, Patti Smith and others and how they've inspired their identities and transformations.

Penny Woolcock and Immortal Technique in conversation
4.30pm – 5.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
In this special event Penny Woolcock and Immortal Technique discuss what it takes to bring peace in their communities. They speak with people who are working in extraordinary ways to make change happen about the challenges they face and the role of art plays.

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