WAWA Weekender: Is It Relevant?
As the Arts Council reveals its intention, within its emerging ten-year strategy, to fund arts and cultural activity based principally on how relevant it is to audiences, we at Wac Arts invite you to participate in a panel discussion to platform and explore what it means to enable relevant and outstanding inclusive and diverse arts practice. On the afternoon of Friday 26 July, 2-3:30pm, within the WAWA Weekender, we will convene a panel discussion, inviting respected arts and cultural leaders to discuss the importance of diverse and inclusive arts practice – what it means to create an environment and/or develop an ecology that enables everyone to access the arts, on a personal or professional level. For 40 years, Wac Arts has provided relevant arts opportunities for a diverse range young people (many of whom may face barriers to participation in the arts): to engage in high-quality training and participatory arts; to access pathways into the performing arts industry; to develop as active and culturally literate citizens and as successful parents to the next generation of Wac Arts participants. As we look forward to the next 40 years, we ask you to join us in a conversation to highlight the continuing relevance of inclusive and diverse arts practice for future generations. The panel will be chaired by Ingrid Mackinnon, Head of Dance at Wac Arts and will take for the format of five-minute presentations, followed by a Q&A session, including questions from young people at Wac Arts. Panel Members Ingrid Mackinnon is Head of Dance at Wac Arts for the Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre. Her movement direction credits include #WeAreArrested (Royal Shakespeare Company), Fantastic Mr Fox (associate movement – Nuffield/Lyric), Kingdom Come (Royal Shakespeare Company) and #DR@CULA! (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). She is also assistant choreographer and rehearsal director for Uchenna Dance. Celia Greenwood (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Teaching Diploma, MA Performing Arts) is co-founder of Wac Arts and acted as CEO until 2016. She has taught drama extensively for many years in schools, colleges and universities, including on all Wac Arts courses. She is also an Arts Mentor, giving career advice and support to many developing artists including Wac Arts students. Celia has also run a number of training programmes in drama teaching, youth arts and workshop leadership skills. She is currently Head of Post 16 Drama at Wac Arts College, which she helped to set up in 2014, and is working as a consultant to develop new youth arts projects. Steven Kavuma is founder of the Diversity School Initiative and graduate from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Steven Kavuma is co-executive director of The S+K Project at The National Theatre. Steve Moffitt is the Chief Executive of A New Direction (AND), the lead Bridge for London - a strategic role to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture. Steve is passionately committed to developing innovative creative change programmes for young Londoners, with over 25 years experience of work in the arts, educational and community settings. Valerie Ebuwa is a freelance dance artist, writer and model based in London. Amongst others she’s recently worked with; Vincent Dance Theatre, Clod Ensemble, Holly Blakey, Eddie Peake, Tom Dale and Rhiannon Faith. As well as her blog, Valerie writes for I am Hip Hop magazine; a printed and online publication championing Hip Hop culture. She is a panel member, host and mentor of Woman SRSLY; a female-led performance platform, which has recently been featured in i-D magazine, Ladybeard Magazine and It's Nice That. Patrick McGeough is CEO and Trustee of Para Dance UK. As one of the CEO of Para Dance UK Patrick’s aim is to promote and develop Para Dance as a sport and leisure activity across the country and to raise the standard of instructors and competition in the UK and internationally at all levels. About the WAWA Weekender Explore, Discover, Celebrate 26th – 28th July 2019 A 3 day festival of arts and events celebrating Wac Arts 40th Birthday and the rich heritage of change-makers who made history within the Old Town Hall. Discussions, workshops, performances and parties - programmed to inspire innovative thought and practice.