TO BE WITH - Health & WELLth Festival 2022

Arts for Social Change

TO BE WITH - Health & WELLth Festival 2022

"TO BE WITH"

28 – 30 October 2022, Open House Hackney, London

Open Call for free attendance!

We are inviting artists, researchers and practitioners to apply for a 3 day practice-as-research symposium looking at the art of "To Be With" through a prismatic lens of artistic and somatic language and discourse.

The second edition of the Health & WELLth Festival is bringing to discussion what it is "To Be With" as an investigative dispositive for embodied research practice. Our provocation invites artists and researchers from Performance, Theatre, Dance, Somatics, Eco Art, Activism and Music to critically inquiry about the quality of presence, connection and transformation behind the action of 'being with' as opposed 'to be for' or 'to be against'.

What are the emancipatory consequences of embracing the connectivity of our presences to reconfigure inter-relational dynamics as practitioners?

Is it possible to consider the power of "To Be With" as a methodological shift much more aligned to the challenges of art making in a contemporary world? And how this new paradigm can offer possibilities of escaping the hierarchal, hegemonic model while reinforcing radical care and supportive companionships.

Are we brave enough To be With what it is necessary in our life at the present moment?

This year's Health & WELLth Festival will adopt an internal embodied practice-as-research format and will be fashioned through a prism of five Working Groups and a Hybrid Plenary Session all looking towards the theme of "To Be With":

Working Group 1
Art and Activism:

the power of narrative as a transformative tool

Working Group 2
Eco Art:

nature, cities and belongs

Working Group 3
Arts of The Body:

somatic and social change

Working Group 4
Arts of Listening:

sound and meditation

Working Group 5
Dance:

choreographies of being with

"To Be With" Plenary Session (Hybrid)

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* Practice-as-Research Workshop

* Ceremonial Meal

* Evening Hangouts

Open Call for free attendance!

Limited Places Available - Application Deadline 12 October 2022 (midnight)

Intercultural Roots is inviting applications from Artists, Eco-Somatic Practitioners and Embodied Researchers to attend To Be With in person. Your application may be for a particular Working Group, day or for the whole 3-day event. If your application is successful our funding will enable your attendance to be free of charge although you will be invited to make a voluntary donation if you can afford to do so. We will respond to your application by Friday, 14 October.

Application Form

'To Be With' Hybrid Plenary Session - free attendance via Zoom

If you are unable to attend in person, you are invited to register, free of charge, to attend the 4-hour plenary session on Sunday 30 October 2pm - 6pm UK Time. Details below.

Plenary Session Zoom Registration

Schedule 28 - 30 Oct.

As we confirm the Working Group presenters, further information will be added to this programme schedule.
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Friday 28 October:
9am Doors open
10am – 1pm     Working Group 1 - Art and Activism: the power of narrative as a transformative tool

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2pm – 5pm     Working Group 2 - Eco Art: nature, cities and belongings
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6pm – 8pm     Practice-as-Research - Bartenieff-Laban Qigong Dance
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8pm – 11pm     Hangout 1: music, talk, drinks and nibbles
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Saturday 29 October:
9am Doors open

10am – 1pm     Working Group 3 - Arts of The Body: somatic and social change
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2pm – 5pm     Working Group 4 - Arts of Listening: sound and meditation
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6pm – 7.30pm     Hangout 2: music, talk, drinks and nibbles
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7.30pm – 9pm     TO BE WITH Ceremonial Meal: food, music, drink and dance
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9pm - 11pm     Band & Dancing & Bar

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Sunday 30 October:
9am Doors open
10am – 1pm     Working Group 5 - Dance: Choreographies of being with
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2pm – 6pm     TO BE WITH Plenary Session (Hybrid)
(HYBRID - Zoom registration available here)
Coordination: Drs. Alex Boyd & Andrea Maciel with each Working Group Coordinator
2.00pm - 2.30pm
Working Group 1 - Art and Activism
2.30pm - 3.00pm
Working Group 2 - Eco Art
3.00pm - 3.30pm
Working Group 3 - Arts of the body
3.30pm - 4.00pm     <break>
4.00pm - 4.30pm
Working Group 4 - Arts of Listening
4.30pm - 5.00pm
Working Group 5 - Dance
5.00pm - 6.00pm
Discussion. Practice and launch of Open Call 'Growing Intercultural Roots in Communities'
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6pm – 8.30pm     Hangout 3: music, talk, drinks and food

History

Our annual Health & WELLth Festival integrates health and social wellbeing through a plethora of initiatives that include artistic, creative, cultural, somatic and critical care programs running throughout the year. The principles of interconnectivity, sustainability and collaboration create the framework behind all the initiatives of this project. Health & WELLth expands the concept of health across transdisciplinary practices while promoting dialogue between the many layers of social life through educational and artistic 'creative wellbeing' events. 

Now one of Intercultural Roots umbrella projects, Health & WELLth was initially designed in 2019 to be a series of creative labs, workshops, performance sharing and mental health awareness training culminating in a festival which was postponed in April 2020 because of the pandemic. The previous Health & WELLth Festival 'Navigating the Unknown' was held online in May 2021.

Acknowledgements of Support

Intercultural Roots is grateful to our community who have supported this event through our Crowdfunder campaign and also the National Emergencies Trust: Local Action Fund who match funded donations raised. Our core team at Intercultural Roots is also currently being supported by funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and Big Issue Invest through the Social Enterprise Support Fund. This project is called 'Growing Intercultural Roots in Communities' and, during the Health & WELLth Festival we will be launching an Open Call for artistic, creative, somatic and professional support.