It's no surprise to hear that things have been Shaken right up once again!
The 5th Shake! intensive course
began with a dive straight into the deep end, with the group discussing
some of the impacts that capitalism has on society, the education
system, and our relationships. This Shake! intensive focused on
Headspace: from the repercussions of social media, to the influence that
dominant narratives have upon the way things are viewed, to the
importance of challenging these narratives, reclaiming inaccessible
spaces and creating our own safe spaces. The discussion focused on how
each topic affects our mental and physical well-being, and how to avoid
the harms of these.
Just a few of the fabulous talks throughout the week included: an amazing lecture by Esther Stanford-Xosei
speaking about Birthing Social Change: how the way in which we are
birthed affects our capacity to love and the traumas our communities can
An inspiring talk from Platform's Jane Trowell
focused on many things including the importance of dialogue and
solidarity between different fields, race, class, age and religion, that
any solutions we seek will be found through collaboration. Our activism
"we must out last and out wit those who do not want to listen," because
it's a long game we are playing.
gave an eye-opening session on Black LBGTQI communities mental health.
Paula Serafini gave another fascinating talk all about art and
activism; the challenging and appropriating of space for political goals
and culture as a struggle of resistance.
Themes that kept
popping up throughout the week included the absolute necessity for
resilience and unity, the need for alternative methods of education, and
the need for dialogue.
a combination of lovely, passionate, interesting , talented people and
fascinating workshops, the week has been inspiring, engaging, exhausting
and exhilarating all at once - it has been my first time as a Shake!
facilitator and it certainly won't be my last - I am eagerly looking
forward to the next one already.
A more detailed run
down of the weeks events will follow shortly, including sneak peeks into
some of the poetry and, if you are lucky perhaps a snap shot or two of
the film work to tempt and tickle and tide you over until the very
exciting showcase so... Watch... This... Space...!
Big love, Holly x