A new arts festival to 'imagine better'

CHANGE Festival
United Kingdom (Coventry)

We live in worrying times. Sometimes it’s hard to see the bright side. But a better future is possible with a little imagination. CHANGE Festival is on a mission to ‘Imagine Better’.

Better food. Better nature. Better homes. Better communities. Better lives for ourselves and our friends.

Taking place at Warwick Arts Centre on 18 – 20 October 2019, this new, not-for-profit arts festival will gather performers, speakers and audiences from the West Midlands and beyond to imagine, play and explore. The programme offers audiences a huge range of cultural experiences, while they pose the question: “Can you imagine better?”

CHANGE is founded by independent arts producer and curator Becky Burchell. Previously Arts Producer for Bestival and Camp Bestival, two of the UK’s most successful outdoor festivals, she has created arts experiences that span a wide range of disciplines such as theatre, circus, spoken word, cabaret, dance, talks, workshops, outdoor spectaculars – for the Roundhouse in Camden, Glastonbury Festival and The Nest Collective.

“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. When people are given space and freedom to look at things differently, we will see the future can be bright.”

The first festival will host 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 more.

The stories and performances hope to 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 wants bring people together in hope – and in action.  The 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.”

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. 2019 is the launch year and another festival will take place in 2021 as part of Coventry’s City of Culture celebrations.

AtlasAction: The programme will be announced end of August 2019.

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Becky Burchell (25 July 2019)


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.

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