POVERTY TAKES CEN­TRE STAGE

Kentish Express Ashford & District - What's On - - EVENTS -

Smash­ing the poverty stigma is on the agenda for young peo­ple in Kent this week­end.

The youth anti-poverty event at the Gul­benkian The­atre in Can­ter­bury on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, Thinkna­tion: Pro­ject Twist-it will see a se­ries of per­form­ers come to­gether live on stage to tell the story about poverty to get rid of the stigma ex­pe­ri­enced in schools, on­line, in the me­dia and within so­ci­ety. Hosted by film-maker and jour­nal­ist Bil­lie JD Porter the free event is aimed at 14 to 24-yearolds to stand to­gether for one day with men­tors from busi­ness, tech, the arts, academia and the pub­lic sec­tor to ex­pel the neg­a­tive stereo­types.

Pro­ject Twist-it is a multi-plat­form ini­tia­tive founded by the au­thor and jour­nal­ist Mary O’hara and sup­ported by the Joseph Rown­tree Foun­da­tion to shift the con­ver­sa­tion around poverty in Bri­tain and Amer­ica. As part of this pro­ject, young peo­ple from across Bri­tain will come to­gether in Can­ter­bury on 8 De­cem­ber to share – live on stage in front of a pub­lic au­di­ence – their ideas on how we can tell a new story about poverty and smash the stigma ex­pe­ri­enced in schools, on­line, in the me­dia and so­ci­ety. The event kicks off with a spe­cial screen­ing of a short film made spe­cially for Pro­ject Twist-it, where young peo­ple share their in­sights on poverty and how we can change the way it is per­ceived. There will be an acous­tic per­for­mance from Louisa Roach, singer/song­writer for Liver­pool band She Drew The Gun and a first screen­ing of a short film about Bat­tersea Arts Cen­tre’s Beat­box Academy run by the mu­si­cian and the­atre-maker Con­rad Mur­ray.

There will also be Q&A ses­sions with in­vited pan­el­lists and live per­for­mances from young po­ets. Pro­ject Twist-it founder Mary O’hara said: “As some­one who grew up in poverty and who has been writ­ing about it for over a decade I have been re­peat­edly struck by the fact that there is a stigma at­tached to poorer peo­ple. For young peo­ple this can be es­pe­cially pro­found anda a source of shame. With Pro­jec ct-twist-it I wanted to cre­ate som me­thing that helped change th his. “Young peo­ple are cen ntral to any change in the wayw we talk about poverty y so Pro­ject-twist-it partn nered with Think Na­tion to find a way to am­plify their voices. I have no o doubt that the so­lu­tio ons to the prob­lem of pov erty stigma will come from m our young peo­ple.” Thinkna­tion: Pro­ject t Twist-it Live! will be at the Gul­benkian at the Uni­ver­sity of

Kent, Can­ter­bury on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8.8 Tick­ets are free. Visit t theg­ul­benkian.co.uk/ /event/ thinkna­tion-pro­ject-tw wist-it/

Louisa Roach, far left, will be per­form­ing at Thinkna­tion, hosted by film-maker Bil­lie JD Porter, left

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