Welcome from Dr Supriya Akerkar, Director, Centre of Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP):
‘This year’s theme is ‘Movement’ which aptly captures the experiences of millions of people around the world, affected by climate change, conflict, wars and disasters. People are on a move as they are displaced from resources and places. Listening to their stories, extending solidarity with their struggles, we claim our shared humanity and futures. The festival is a platform to highlight human rights violations and injustices, reflect on them collectively and represent them in myriad ways through films, theatre, art, exhibitions, panel discussions, seminars and walks/march on the theme.
Conversations are organised in the Oxford Brookes University (OBU) campus as well as in Oxford city and its suburbs inviting participation of activists, artists, communities and public. The festival is student led, organised by the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at the School of Architecture, OBU. Students and staff from CENDEP collaborate with students and staff across the university in Architecture, Social Science, Film, Fine Arts, OxArch, Design for Common Good, and Marketing with coordination from CENDEP’s El Laskar. Special thanks are due to our collaborators: Migration and Refugee Research Network, Tap Social, Common Ground, Oxfordshire County Library, RIBA, Cranfield University and Wolfson College. I look forward to your joining in the festival activities and this celebration of the human spirit.’
You can see the full schedule of events and book tickets here.