START NOW: Schools Arts Project from Ecumenical Focolare Movement Returns to Birmingham

October 26th, 2018

START NOW is a performing arts project for global education that will be returning to Birmingham in November 2018. It is organised by the Focolare Movement and is aimed at young people aged 12-16 years. The chief animators of the project are the 20 members of “Gen Verde”, one of Focolare’s international performing arts groups.

START NOW uses the arts as a powerful tool in formation to openness, diversity and respect towards all cultures, faiths and backgrounds and as a means of instilling in young people the belief that they can become protagonists for change.

What are its aims?

START NOW is an innovative educational project for peace, globalization and developing cultural intelligence. Its aim is to form young people in a culture open to reciprocity where the other person is respected and valued. It can be adapted according to the age and ability of the participants. In its workshops, the young people participating are encouraged to develop existing talents and to discover new ones. In the creative process, they work side by side with the members of Gen Verde as co-protagonists and as a part of a team, in which respect, collaboration, spirit of teamwork, mutual trust and transparency are the norm.

What will happen in Birmingham in November 2018?

  • 20th, 21st & 22nd November Workshops 4.15pm-6.30pm, in Nishkam High School, Great King Street North, Hockley B19 2LF.
  • 23rd November START NOW afternoon dress rehearsal & performance at 7.00pm Elgar Hall, University of Birmingham B15 2TT.
  • 24th November de brief, presentation of awards and celebration 2.30pm-4.30pm, Nishkam High School.

Find out more

START NOW is open to all schools and young people from faith organisations. Participant groups must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the project. It is being financed in part by the RC archdiocese of Birmingham and by the Nishkam Trust.

For further details contact Pat Whitney at, or on 0121 406 3650 or 07790 716887.

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