Our conversation and talk programme focused on local, national and national matters including gender-based violence, sex education, freedom of speech, land reform in Scotland, age and isolation, penal systems, climate change and nomadic lifestyle in 21st century. We were delighted to host Sara Maitland, Peter Tatchell, Prof Alan Kellehear, Dr Dina Sidhva, Dr Sally Paul, Liz Lochhead, Prof Jo Shaw, Revd. Kathy Galloway, David Pratt, Avril Hepner, Bruce Robertson, Graeme Dey MSP and many other panellists at our events.
The issues addressed by our performance programme ranged from fatherhood, death/dying, refugees, disability and forced marriage, to body image and the European crisis. In 2016 we collaborated with:
Fathers Network Scotland - 'Being a Dad'; Active Inquiry - 'Hotel Europa'/Fair-Ground'; Death on the Fringe - 'What happens to dead people's bodies?', 'Mystical Experiences at the end of life', 'Death Pantomime'; BE United - 'Discovery!', 'Razor's Edge: FGM'; Drake Music Scotland - 'Equilibrium'; HarmonyChoir/ UoE - 'Do you mind?'; Christian Stejskal/UoE- 'My Neighborhood'; Solus Productions - 'Til Death Do Us Part'; MIRO - 'Time for Change'; Al-Rowwad - 'Beautiful Resistance'; Taiko Drummers - 'Taiko Drumfest'; Carpe Diem - 'The Furnace'; Twisted Tales - 'Identity'; Truth Be Told Events - 'Peace'; Matilda Brown/Nick Rawle - '...though it be darkness there'
Ava Hunt Theatre - 'Acting Alone'.
We worked with The Church of Scotland and The Network of Photographers for Palestine and Mercy Corps to highlight and increase awareness of the global refugee crisis, refugees and asylum seekers affected by HIV living in Scotland, as well as the realities of people living under a blockade in Gaza.