This is the North

Leading change in the North

Collaborate. Debate.
Network. Share. Inspire!

 

This IS the North

24th and 25th  November 2020, FREE Online 

10am – 4.00pm
plus children’s workshops
and youth takeover

The People ARE
the North
This event IS the North!


Together we can inspire and lead change in the North. Our mission is to create a place where you can work together on one day, whether you are a community group, young person, practitioner, policy maker, opinion former, business or politician. YOU ARE the North!

By sharing platforms with each other, having a collaborative, diverse, inclusive sessions we will better understand the issues that affect us all and find new solutions that work for more people.

Programme

Day-time Programme

There will be a ‘coffee and chat room available’ for informal chatting and networking throughout the day

10.00 – 11.00
Welcome to the People’s Powerhouse 2020 Convention

Edna Robinson (Chair, The People’s Powerhouse)

The North: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Neil McInroy (CEO, CLES)
Sarah Longlands (Director, IPPR North)
Nazir Afzal (former chief prosecutor and campaigner)
Julian McCrae (founder, Engage Britain)
Chair: Edna Robinson (Chair, People’s Powerhouse)

11.00 - 12.00
Metro MayorSteve Listens

What would you like to say to Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram?  Come along, he is listening.

Steve Rotheram (Mayor, Liverpool City Region)
Chaired by Tracy Fishwick OBE (Managing Director, Transform Lives Company)

11.00 – 12.00
Mayor Jamie Listens

What would you like to say to Mayor Jamie Driscoll? Come along, he is listening.

Jamie Driscoll (Mayor, North of Tyne)

11.10 – 12.00
Navigating through Arts and Media as a People of Colour in the North

Amber Akaunu & Fauziya Johnson
Root-ed Zine

11.10 – 12.10
North vs South: Are the mainstream media biased against the North?

Chaired by Helen Nugent (Editor, Northern Soul)
Ruth Sunderland, (Business Editor of the Daily Mail )
Fran Yeoman (former Assistant Editor of the i and journalism lecturer at Liverpool John Moores)
Rachel Stevenson, (a Freelance Journalist with 20 years' experience working for major news organisations including the BBC)
Bernard Ginns (Director of Branksome Partners and former Business Editor of the Yorkshire Post.)

11.10 – 12.10
What we need now
, building a better normal

National Voice & Difference NE

12.15 - 13.00
In conversation with
Nazir Afzal and Kim Leadbeater
Nazir and Kim talk about their experiences with divisiveness, the challenges the North faces and their hopes for the future.

Nazir Afzal OBE (Former Chief Crown prosecutor for the North West)
Kim Leadbeater (Chair of More in Common and Ambassador for the Jo Cox Foundation)

13.00 – 14.00
The People are the Energy – Lightning Talks

Chaired by Neil McInroy (CEO, CLES) you will hear from:

Fair Tax Mark (Mary Patel) - How local areas can support fair tax practices
SlashDot Studios (Joss Sessions) - Creating Information Supply Chains and models of Economy appropriate for the 21st and 22nd Century
Groundwork (Emily Thompson) - Delivering energy advice to the fuel poor during a pandemic
Community Rail Network (Jools Townsend) - Local transport, climate & wellbeing - how empowering communities on sustainable travel brings profound benefits for people & environment
Cardboard Citizens (Debbie Beeks) - Cardboard Citizens North East Camp: Theatre for Social Change
RSA (Anthony Painter) - How can we bridge out of crisis to a better future?

Pick a workshop – 14:10 - 15:00

14.10 – 15.00
Finding Your Voice with The Nasheed Choir

Hussnain Hanif (Nasheed Exponent)
Julian Evans (Choral Director)

14.10 – 15.00
The People’s Principles for the Recovery: How to Build Back Better from Covid-19

The People’s Powerhouse and the People’s Powerhouse Recovery Coalition

14.10 - 15.00
Governance in the 21st City: Sheffield’s visions of possibility

Dr. Simon Duffy (Centre for Welfare Reform) will be joined by other community organisations based in Sheffield

14.10 - 15.00
How to organise for change in your community

Furqan Naeem (Greater Manchester Citizens)

14.10 - 15.00
Building Community Power: Insights from Britain's Choice

More in Common

Pick a workshop – 15:00 - 16:00

15.00 – 16.00
Andy Listens

What would you like to say to Mayor Andy Burnham? Come along, he is listening.
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
Chair, Fay Selvan, Chief Executive of The Big Life Group

15.10 – 16.00
3 million reasons and counting
Join Transform Lives Company and the Employment Related Services Association discuss how we tackle the jobs crisis.

15.10 – 16.00
Collaboration between funders

National Lottery Community Fund

15.00 – 16.00
Activation Film Screening & Presentation with artist Fran Disley, Fallen Angels and The Turnpike Gallery

Fran Disley (artist, Liverpool)
Fallen Angels
Helen Stalker (Director, The Turnpike)

15.00 – 16.00
How can we help young people co-design future opportunities
throughout the North?
Laura Wareing (PHD Researcher)

15.00 - 16.00
The Human Impact of Covid-19'
'Lucy Trueman (Managing Director, Trueman Change Management)
'COVID Bereaved Families for Justice UK'

Day-time programme

There will be a ‘coffee and chat room available’ for informal chatting and networking throughout the day.

10:00 - 11.00
People’s Powerhouse Welcome

Edna Robinson (Chair, The People’s Powerhouse)

10:00 - 11.00
Should the North take the knee?
Panel discussion:

Nazir Afzal (former chief prosecutor and campaigner)
Gulwali Passarlay (author)
Amber Akaunu & Fauziya Johnson (ROOT-ed Zine)

11.10- 12.15
People are the Energy – lightning talks
Chair, Michael Taylor

Swush Ltd (Austin Merrett) - The COVID generation and beyond
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (Andrew McGuiness) - The Role of Bus and Coach in supporting a Green Recovery
Biasan (Mussarat Raham) - Intercultured Festival
Aster and Lion (Emma Summerfield) - Equality beyond the workplace; what else is there to do?
The Key (Hannah Underwood) - The Power of Collaboration and Co-creation in Growth
The Natural Grid Foundation (Chris Cook and Marcus Saul) - Introducing the Natural Grid
Engage Britain (Miriam Levin) - How can people be put at the heart of policymaking?

12.15 – 13.00
Reporting of experiences so far of creating citizen led manifestos for mayoral elections

Same Skies Think Tank
The People's Plan (Greater Manchester)

12.15 – 13.00
Rights claiming in response to Covid-19

Social Justice Alliance

12:15-13:00
Building an effective listening campaign and community mapping

Cllr Richard Dunbar (Community Organiser and Bradford City Councillor)

12:15-13:00
Care-filled not careful:  Social practice, Fairness, Justice and Resilience, learning lessons through Social Distance

Lady Kitt (maker, researcher and drag king)

12:15-13:00
Introducing the Declaration for Responsible and Intelligent Data Practice and how it can help you

Open Data Manchester

13.00 - 14.00
Community building in a time of crisis

Jo Cox Foundation

13.00 – 14.00
Is mutual aid the answer to increasing community participation?

Simon Duffy (Founder and Director, Centre for Welfare Reform)
Jack Hunter (Whalley Range Mutual Aid)
Selva Mustafa (Bury Mutual Aid Group)

13:10-14:00
Workshop 8: Telling your story and changing the narrative

New Writing North

13:00-14:00
Theatre for Social Change

Alan Lane (Artistic Director, Slung Low)
Evie Manning (Co-Artistic Director of Common Wealth)

13:00-14:00
Prophesy of Collective Paradise

Jessica El Mal (artist and creative)

13:10-14:00
Community wealth building: reconstructing an economy that works for people, place and planet.

Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

14:00-15:00
How can the North be heard?

Chaired by Arianna Giovannini (Associate Professor of De Montfort University, former Director of IPPR North)
Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester)
Steve Rotheram (Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region)
Jamie Driscoll (Mayor of North of Tyne Combined Authority)
Professor Donna Hall (Chair of Bolton NHS Trust and New Local
Edna Robinson (Chair of the Big Life Group and the People’s Powerhouse)

15:00-16:00
The North won’t tolerate statements
Closing plenary session

Edna Robinson (Chair, The People’s Powerhouse)
A special performance from the Nasheed Choir

16:00-17:00
Race, Racism and Me

Kids of Colour
https://ctzn.tk/kidsofcolour

17:30pm -19:00pm
So you want to be a young activist…now what?

Mortal Fools

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Confirmed Speakers

Edna Robinson
Edna RobinsonChair, People's Powerhouse
Neil McInroy
Neil McInroyCEO, CLES
Sarah Longlands
Sarah LonglandsDirector, IPPR North
Nazir Afzal
Nazir AfzalFormer chief prosecutor and campaigner
Ruth Ibegbuna
Ruth IbegbunaFounder RECLAIM, Roots Programme, Rekindle School
Julian McCrae
Julian McCraeFounder, Engage Britain
Steve Rotherham
Steve RotherhamMayor, Liverpool City Region
Jamie Driscoll
Jamie DriscollMayor, North of Tyne
Kim Leadbeater
Kim LeadbeaterAmbassador, Jo Cox Foundation
Gulwali Passarlay
Gulwali PassarlayAuthor of best selling book The Lightless Sky
Furqan Naeem
Furqan NaeemCommunity Organisers, Greater Manchester Citizens
Andy Burnham
Andy BurnhamMayor of Greater Manchester

Tuesday 24th November

16:15-17:00
Do you have Worrits? (Target audience: age 7 to 11)
Melva The Play
Mortal Fools

Come and join funny, boisterous, adventurous (and sometimes naughty) 11 year old, Melva Mapletree, to learn what worrits are, why we have them and some fun ways that you can manage your worrits to be bold and brave and hear all about their new online Melva game – coming soon.

Led by multi-award-winning theatre, drama and creative learning company, Mortal Fools, this is a practical, fun session for children aged 7-11 and the adults in their lives.

https://ctzn.tk/melvatheplay

18:00-19:00
Three Cs: Community, Collaboration, Creativity
Contact Theatre
Caitlin Gleeson, Iqra Choudhry and Josh Wilkinson

Join Iqra Choudhry, Caitlin Gleeson and Josh Wilkinson in conversation to learn about their individual practices and how the three Cs (community, collaboration, creativity) are integral to what they do. In the style of an ‘artist on artist’ interview, they will take it in turns to pose questions exploring how fairness, justice and resilience relates to their work and what these mean in a post-pandemic 2020 world.

https://ctzn.tk/thethreecs 

19:00-20:00
Peaceophobia: Young People’s Takeover
Join Speakers Corner to talk about racial justice and equality, faith, and the importance of hobbies, passions and interests for young people's mental health - all central to the show's messages.

https://ctzn.tk/peaceophobia  

Speakers’ Corner Collective Co-directors presents Peaceophobia
Rosema Nawaz
Maleehah Hussain
Iram Rehman

Peaceophobia is Common Wealth's new show, co-directed by Evie Manning and Speakers Corner Collective and co-created with members of the Bradford Modified Car Club.  Staged in a Bradford Car Park in April 2021, the show explores Islam and Islamaphobia being explored through the lens of car culture and bringing to the stage the real life experiences of our young Muslim community in Bradford.

Wenesday 25th November

16:00-17:00
Race, Racism and Me
Kids of Colour

https://ctzn.tk/kidsofcolour

17:30-19:00
So you want to be a young activist…now what?
Mortal Fools

Join Mortal Fools Youth Theatre and guests in a lively discussion exploring the things they care about right now in 2020 and why it is important for young people’s voices to be heard!

https://ctzn.tk/youngactivist

Tuesday 24th November 2020

11.00-12.00
Navigating through Arts and Media as a People of Colour in the North
ROOT-ed will be talking about the North's issues when it comes to representation in art, and how this affects creatives of colour on an academic, social, and artist level. They will be talking about the experiences they've had with tokenism, classism, precarity and labour when navigating the arts, and invite the audience to share their stories of their own experiences as creatives of colour, too. Whilst discussing these, they will suggest gentle solutions to these problems from different perspectives. They will briefly outline what ROOT-ed is about, why and how it started, and why a platform like this is needed.

https://ctzn.tk/rooted  

14.00-15.00
Finding Your Voice with The Nasheed Choir
The Nasheed Choir invites you to find your voice (if you didn't already) by taking part in a singing workshop to explore the themes of justice, fairness and resilience. Working with Nasheed exponent Hussnain Hanif and choral director Jules Evans, you will have the chance to express yourself in song and to make your own unique and vital contribution to a composition and performance to fit the times we live in.

https://ctzn.tk/nasheedchoir

15.00-16.00
Activation Film Screening & Presentation with artist Fran Disley, Fallen Angels and The Turnpike Gallery
In response to Covid, The Turnpike has rapidly rethought its role as a gallery, instead using its spaces and resources to support Leigh’s communities through creative experimentation.

Fallen Angels have been working with artist Frances Disley over the last year to inform and support their recovery process. Using colour, pattern, props and play, the artist has been co-choreographing new work with the group around their experiences.

A film screening of the beautiful resulting performance will be followed by a discussion with artist Fran Disley, Turnpike director Helen Stalker and Fallen Angels.

Fran Disley
Fallen Angels
Helen Stalker (Director, The Turnpike)

https://ctzn.tk/fallenangels

18:00 – 19:00
Three Cs: Community, Collaboration, Creativity
Contact Theatre
Caitlin Gleeson, Iqra Choudhry and Josh Wilkinson

Join Iqra Choudhry, Caitlin Gleeson and Josh Wilkinson in conversation to learn about their individual practices and how the three Cs (community, collaboration, creativity) are integral to what they do. In the style of an ‘artist on artist’ interview, they will take it in turns to pose questions exploring how fairness, justice and resilience relates to their work and what these mean in a post-pandemic 2020 world.

https://ctzn.tk/thethreecs  

19:00-20:00
Peaceophobia: Young People’s Takeover
Join Speakers Corner to talk about racial justice and equality, faith, and the importance of hobbies, passions and interests for young people's mental health - all central to the show's messages.

https://ctzn.tk/peaceophobia

Speakers’ Corner Collective Co-directors presents Peaceophobia
Rosema Nawaz
Maleehah Hussain
Iram Rehman

Peaceophobia is Common Wealth's new show, co-directed by Evie Manning and Speakers Corner Collective and co-created with members of the Bradford Modified Car Club.  Staged in a Bradford Car Park in April 2021, the show explores Islam and Islamaphobia being explored through the lens of car culture and bringing to the stage the real life experiences of our young Muslim community in Bradford.

 

Wednesday 25th November, 2020

12:15-13:00
Care-filled not careful:  Social practice, Fairness, Justice and Resilience, learning lessons through Social Distance
Lady Kitt (maker, researcher, drag king)

Lady Kitt will talk about their work creating arts projects based on principles of care and access, with taking lockdown project “Art Confined and Feral Futures - social art with social distance” as a starting point.

Lady Kitt is an artist, researcher & drag king, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Their work is driven by insatiable curiosity to explore, and share the social functions of creative stuff.

https://ctzn.tk/ladykitt

13:00-14:00
Theatre for Social Change
Alan Lane (Artistic Director, Slung Low)
Evie Manning (Co-Artistic Director of Common Wealth)

Adapt or face the consequences. The story of a theatre company who prided themselves on their connection to their community and then when the covid lockdown had to make some big decisions about what civic responsibility looks like when you’re a theatre company based in the oldest working men’s club in the UK.

https://ctzn.tk/slunglow

13.00-14.00
Prophesy of Collective Paradise
Join Jessica El Mal to create a Prophesy of Collective Paradise using her curated online archive Visions of a Future. We will use radical, decolonial, feminist and queer perspectives to collectively find spatial solutions for the real world, working together to create a paradise offering hope.

https://ctzn.tk/jessicaelmal

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The People's Powerhouse

Federation House
2 Federation Street
Manchester  M4 4BF

07983 609 741
people@peoplespowerhouse.org.uk

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