A new arts festival to 'imagine better'

CHANGE Festival
(Pending editorial review)
United Kingdom ()
"CHANGE Festival is on a mission to Imagine Better. We are a new, not-for-profit arts festival that will bring together performers, artists, speakers and leaders from Coventry, the West Midlands and beyond to share their work and ideas around the festival's theme 'Imagine Better.’ Because when people are given space and freedom to look at things differently, we will see the future can be bright. The festival programme offers audiences a huge range of cultural experiences, while we pose the question: ‘Can you imagine better?’ Better food. Better nature. Better homes. Better communities. Better lives for ourselves and our friends. With a diverse line-up of brand new theatre shows, the latest names in stand up comedy, cutting edge spoken word artists, mesmerising family performances, action based workshops and a whole host of fascinating talks and speakers, musicians, exhibitions and much more -CHANGE Festival will have someone for everyone to enjoy. Our stories and performances will inspire, activate and energise a social reinvention in well-being, empathy and kindness; motivating creative stewardship of our local communities, our homes and our relationship with the living world. CHANGE Festival will bring people together in hope and in action. Our aim is to celebrate, to inspire, to change the way we relate to one another, change our actions, change our preconceptions, our limitations and change our world. We challenge anyone to leave CHANGE Festival without feeling excited, inspired and more hopeful about our future." Why is it different? This is the first arts festival of its kind in the UK, inviting a broad, mainstream audience to join the conversation about how we come together to positively address our environmental crisis to create a better future. Long term plans? 2019 is our launch year! If this pilot festival goes well, another festival will take place in 2021 as part of Coventry's City of Culture celebrations.
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Becky Burchell (14 May 2019)


I am an independent arts producer and curator who creates cultural experiences that inspire audiences to imagine a better future; one where the health and well-being of both humanity and our natural world are thriving. I curate and produce arts events that span a wide range of disciplines include theatre, circus, spoken word, cabaret, dance, talks, workshops, outdoor experiences and festivals. I passionately believe that arts and culture has a vital role to play in supporting all of us to be innovative, courageous and caring in the ways we create change both within our own lives and collectively. Previously I was Arts Producer for Bestival and Camp Bestival, two of the UKs most successful outdoor festivals, and have created festivals and arts experiences for the Roundhouse (Camden), Glastonbury Festival and The Nest Collective and many others.

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