Connected Communities Festival 2016

Event date Event time Event location
29/04/2016 - 31/07/2016 Various locations

The Connected Communities Festival 2016 will explore creative ways to widen and deepen community engagement with the exciting and innovative research being undertaken by the Connected Communities Programme and the AHRC.

Taking inspiration from the 500th anniversary of the publication in 1516 in Latin of Thomas More’s Utopia, as well as a Connected Communities/Care for the Future Symposium on 'Utopias, Futures and Temporalities: Critical Considerations for Social Change' held in May 2015, the 2016 Festival will have a central theme of Community Futures and Utopias.

A range of locally organised activities will contribute to a UK-wide Festival programme of events and digital activities held as a part of a summer of events. For up to date news and information on the festival programme see the Utopia 500 website

Details of the events taking place are below and more information is available in the full festival activity listing. (PDF, 310KB)

London

  • Active Energy: Towards Hydrocitizenship, 14-15 May
  • Re-use of Cultural Heritage for Future Communities, 10-19 June
  • Dreaming Utopias, 30 April
  • Prototyping Utopias, 21 May
  • Protein Pressures Exhibition in the Utopian Treasury at Somerset House , 17-24 June
  • Energy Generation: Model London, 23 and 28 April
  • Food/Faith/Futures, multiple dates and venues

South West

  • Experiments in Governance: Who Decides Your Future? Bristol, 10 May
  • Regulating Inclusivity: Do We Need Positive Discrimination? Bristol, 31 May
  • Disruption and Development: Where Do Our Values Intersect? Bristol, 14 June
  • Tea for Talk, Bristol, 8 July
  • Fermenting Utopias, Bristol, June

Wales

  • Dementia Utopia: a creative exploration imagining our Dementia Supportive Communities, Rhyl, 14 April and Ruthin, 25 April
  • Visions of Steel: passer-by engagement event, Port Talbot, 7 May
  • Visions of Steel – School Workshop (Introductory session), Swansea, 10 May
  • Visions of Steel – Community Workshop, Port Talbot, 12 May
  • Visions of Steel: Schools Workshop 2, Port Talbot, 17 May
  • Visions of Steel – Data-Input Workshop, Ceredigion, 7 June
  • The People’s Platform – Young Company, Merthyr Tydfill, 16 June
  • CAER Model Village Project – co-producing archaeological research & animated film making, Cardiff, 6 June - 1 July
  • Tea for Talk, Merthyr Tydfill, 13 July

North East

  • Connected Communities/Utopia, Newcastle, 13 May
  • The Utopia Séance Performance, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 29 July
  • Mapping the Music, Sheffield, 27 June
  • Threads of Time – Poetry and Art Workshops, Rotherham, 30 April and 7 May
  • The Rotherham Project, Rotherham, 1, 8, 15 and 22 June
  • The Making of the Micklegate Run, York, 2 June
  • Futures that didn’t happen: York’s Inner Ring Road, York, 2 June
  • Hungate in the archives: Histories of hopes for York’s housing, York, 21 June
  • Beyond York's Housing Crisis: Innovative ideas? York, 21 June
  • From the archives: York, Strays and the Green Belt, York, 4 July
  • Migration and Home – TLANG and Faceless Arts - local festival workshops, Leeds, April
  • Migration and Home – TLANG and Faceless Arts - local festival workshops, Leeds, 13, 20 and 27 April
  • Migration and Home – TLANG and Faceless Arts - local festival workshops, Wakefield, 14, 21 and 28 April
  • Migration and Home – TLANG and Faceless Arts - local previews, Leeds, 22 June
  • Migration and Home – TLANG and Faceless Arts - local previews , Wakefield, 22 June
  • LAUNCH EVENT - Servicing Utopia: Social Change through Accessible Design, Sheffield, 18 April
  • THE TOILET TOOLKIT - Servicing Utopia: Social Change through Accessible Design, Sheffield, 8 June

North West

  • When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday: Sustainability in Song, with Craig B (A Mote of Dust), Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow) and Jo Mango, Manchester, 19 May
  • Wonderland: the art of being human: workshop 1, Manchester, 14-16 March
  • Wonderland: the art of being human: Recoverist Café, Manchester, 16 March
  • Wonderland: the art of being human: peer-led makers group 1, Manchester, 18 April
  • Wonderland: the art of being human: workshop 2, Manchester, 27-29 April
  • Wonderland: the art of being human: group presentation to Greater Manchester Recovery Federation, Manchester, 5 May
  • Wonderland: the art of being human: peer-led makers group 2, TBC

Central England

  • Imagining a dementia friendly future, Chesterfield, 21 April
  • UTOPIA WORKS, Derby, 20 May
  • Mobile Utopias 1851-2051 Research Co-creation Workshop, Lancaster, 19 April
  • Mobile Utopias 1851-2051 Campus in the City, Lancaster, 18 May
  • Mobile Utopias 1851-2051 Reflections, Lancaster, September
  • Community Murals and Activist Art, Nottingham, 12 April
  • Black History in Nottingham, Nottingham, 19 April
  • The Historic Black Presence, Nottingham, 26 April
  • Black Lives Matter in Nottingham, Nottingham, 3 May
  • Melting Pot Festival, Nottingham, 7 May
  • Mural Design workshop, Nottingham, 10 and 24 May
  • Public Forum: Nottingham Black History Mural, Nottingham, 31 May
  • BAME Heritage Day, nottingham, 7 June
  • Mural Unveiling and Celebration, Nottingham, 17 June

Eastern England

  • ‘The Reasons’ in the Bevills Leam Catchment: Tradition and Innovation in Communities to Imagine Resilient Futures, Cambridgeshire, 7 June
  • ‘The Reasons’ in the Bevills Leam Catchment: Tradition and Innovation in Communities to Imagine Resilient Futures, Peterborough, September

Scotland

  • When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday: Musical Responses to Climate Change (Workshop), Edinburgh, 28 April
  • Co-creating Cromarty Dreaming Sessions, Cromarty, 2-6 May
  • Cromarty Dreaming: The Movie, Cromarty, 9-13 May
  • Cromarty Dreaming – The Kitchen Ceilidh, Cromarty, 16 June
  • Cromarty Dreaming Exhibition, Cromarty, 13-18 June
  • Co-creating Caledonia Dreaming Sessions, Cromarty, 5-16 September
  • Caledonia Dreaming Parliamentary Reception & Exhibition, Edinburgh, 24-28 October
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