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Trade unionism and the arts are not often thought about together yet, not only do cultural workers form large trade union memberships, but the arts themselves have long been agents and catalysts of social change.
The Art of Trade Unions event will showcase how cultural work can assist trade union organising and training, campaigning and education. The day will feature live performance and work from artists including; Banner Theatre, poet Jess Green, Townsend Theatre Company, Theresa Easton of the Artists’ Union of England, documentary and film makers Reel News, and international artist network, Brandalism.
This is an ideal event for trade unionists keen to see how arts workers can support their organising, campaigning and education work and for cultural workers to network and share best practice. Workshops will follow performance pieces and cover the full range of arts genres.
GFTU general secretary Doug Nicholls says ‘Transforming the world and rebuilding society anew cannot be left to plotting in a smoke filled room, thumping the table, or making a brilliant speech. The fresh air that stirs the imagination and inspires the heart to strengthen collective determination at a deep level is needed also. It is hard to think of a successful social movement anywhere in the world that has not had art at its heart.’
Venue: The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE. 10am-6pm, refreshments provided.
Contact Daniella Tedds on firstname.lastname@example.org for booking details.