BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 13 Oct '19

New arts festival invites visitors to imagine a better, brighter future

Would it be nice to feel hopeful for a change? A new event, quite unlike any other, will bring together world-class shows, talks, comedy and workshops, with the aim to inspire visitors to imagine a better, more positive future for all.

CHANGE Festival (Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry, 18-20 October 2019) will gather performers, speakers and audiences from the West Midlands and beyond to imagine, play and explore.

There will be some familiar faces and new performances enjoy, with over 20 inspirational events to choose from – because, the organisers say, ‘we all deserve to feel hopeful about the future’.

CHANGE Festival Highlights

The festival will premiere The World We Made, an urgent new play about our future that’s set in 2050. It’s based on environmentalist Jonathon Porritt’s seminal book of the same name.

A special comedy evening will ask ‘What Will Tell Our Grandkids?’. This is set to be a hilarious exploration of the conversations we will be having in years to come.

Soonchild, a family show by dynamic company Red Earth, tells the story of a shaman who feels out of step with the modern world and sets out on a quest to find the forgotten ‘world songs’, which are essential for the world to exist.

‘CHANGE Festival will offer a better story about our future. Much of our current popular culture – TV, movies, news, theatre – paints a picture of a bleak, dystopian future where humanity is tearing itself apart. It’s time to tell a different story – one that stretches our dreams and inspires courage and hope. Through this festival we hope to inspire visitors to imagine a better way of living – better communities, better food, better homes for us and the generations to come.’

BECKY BURCHELL
CHANGE Festival producer

An all-female team of 14- to 17-year-old Coventry trailblazers have invited a panel of transformational women to share their bold, courageous and motivational stories for MetamorphoSISTER, a specially curated event for young audiences. This event is part of Positive Youth Foundation.

Speakers from the West Midlands and beyond will explore ‘Imagine Eating Better’, ‘Imagine Living Better’, ‘Imagine Dressing Better’, ‘Imagine Better Nature’ and ‘Imagine Feeling Better’ in a new series created to enlighten and enliven.

CHANGE Festival is a not-for-profit event that has been created by arts producer Becky Burchell.

The festival is part-funded through Coventry City of Culture Trust’s Road to 2021 fund, administered by the Heart of England Community Foundation, and in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre. The event is also supported by Arts Council England and Triodos Bank.