22 Nov Activists, Advocates & Allies Festival
Register now: Festival of Activists, Advocates & Allies 14 – 16 February 2020
Register online at www.activistfestival.nz
Festival of Activists, Advocates & Allies, hosted by Imagine Better, is a 3-day gathering in Wellington for disabled people, their families and whānau, and other allies who want to create social change for disability visibility, justice, and rights.
Venue: Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University, Wellington.
The Festival aims:
- To inspire more people – especially young people – to become active in the disability rights movement.
- To celebrate and learn from our history and the stories of the activists and advocates that have got us to where we are today.
- To provide disability activists, advocates and allies with more connections and information/tools that will help them be active, take care of themselves and fellow campaigners, have fun, and create social change.
- To build stronger links between the disability justice/rights movement and other social movements, learning from how these movements have achieved change, and challenging them to become more inclusive of disability and disabled people in their work.
The festival programme:
- A mix of conversations and workshops (including space for anyone to host a conversation or workshop during the event) that will focus on questions like:
- what could we do to build an even more effective disability rights movement?
- what do we mean by “activism” and “disability rights movement”?
- do we spend too much time fighting amongst ourselves?
- what role can allies best play?
- how does social change happen?
- what can we learn from other social justice movements, #moments, and leaders like Greta Thunberg?
- ‘World Premiere’ screening of video interviews with some of our heroes – disability activists in Aotearoa whose work and commitment has helped get us to where we are today.
- A focus on a broad social change issues (poverty, housing, citizenship, legal issues transport, employment, discrimination, violence, inclusion and justice) not systems, funding and services.
- Conversations designed to build stronger links between the disability justice/rights movement and other social movements, learning from how these movements have achieved change, and challenging them to become more accessible to, and inclusive of, disability and disabled people in their work.
The Festival programme is easy-going with plenty of time for connecting, hanging out, performance, making music, relaxing, and creativity.
Key participants including Mojo Mathers, Olivia Shivas, Prudence Walker, Robyn Hunt, Robbie Francis, Stace Robertson, Ezekiel Robson, Esther Woodbury, and Paula Tesoriero have already confirmed, with many more to come.
Registration is affordable – just $250 if paid by the individual or $350 if the registration is being paid by the individual’s employer.