ThinkNation: Project Twist-It

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Young people SMASHING the poverty stigma

On Saturday 8th December, ThinkNation: Project Twist-It LIVE will bring young people and mentors from tech, arts, education, and business together to explore the how we can smash the poverty stigma many young people from diverse backgrounds experience in schools, in the media, online and in society.

Why does this event matter? For a long time in the US and the UK, two of the wealthiest yet most unequal nations on earth, the main story told about poverty is that it is an individual rather than a collective issue. That it’s somehow your fault if you’re young, and experiencing poverty. Project Twist-It, and ThinkNation, want to tell a different story. We believe that – together – we can construct a more hopeful, forward-looking alternative to the usual poverty narrative.

LIVE performances by:

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Louisa Roach

Lead singer of She Drew The Gun

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The Warren Spoken Word Collective

Spoken Word Collective

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Beatbox Academy

Group of young beatboxers, singers and MCs

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The Evening Show

Hosted by Billie JD Porter (BBC 3, Channel 4) there will also be live performances from Louisa Roach (pictured) the lead singer of Liverpool-based band, She Drew The Gun, short films and performances from spoken word collective, The Warren, from Hull plus Battersea Arts Beatbox Academy.

We’ll also have Q&A session with invited panelists, plus all the AMAZING responses and talks addressing the BIG questions, created by young people over the day.

EVENING SCHEDULE:

Venue: The Gulbenkian Theatre
Doors open: 5:45pm
Event: 6pm-8:30pm

All subject to change:

6pm-6:05pm: Lizzie Hodgson and Mary O'Hara welcome you

6:05-6:10pm: Billie JD Porter opens the event

6:10-6:25pm: Project Twist-It film screening

6:25pm-6:30pm: Louisa Roach (She Drew The Gun - PICTURED) acoustic performance

6:30pm-6:35pm: The Warren Spoken Word part 1

6:35pm-6:45pm: Presentations by young people: How do we smash the poverty stigma online?

6:50pm-6:55pm: The Warren Spoken Word part 2

6:55pm-7:05pm: Presentations by young people: How do we smash the poverty stigma in the media?

7:10pm-7:15pm: The Warren Spoken Word part 3

7:15pm-7:25pm: Performance by Battesea Arts Beatbox Academy, tackling: How do we smash the poverty stigma in schools?

7:25pm-7:30pm: The Warren Spoken Word part 4

7:30pm-7:40pm: Presentations by young people: How do we smash the poverty stigma in society?

7:40-7:50pm SHORT BREAK

7:50-8pm Battersea Arts Beatbox Academy Film introduced by Conrad Murray

8pm-8:20pm: Audeince Q&A session with invited panel:

- Josephine McCartney (CEO of Kent Community Foundation)
- Kieran Cranston (young participant from Project Twist-It film)
- Dr Heejung Chung (University of Kent)
- Louisa Roach (She Drew The Gun)
- A young participant from the day (TBC).

8:20pm: Performance by Louisa Roach, She Drew The Gun

8:25pm: Lizzie Hodgson and Billie JD Porter wrap-up

8:30pm ENDS.

Host and panelists:

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Billie JD Porter

Writer, filmmaker and TV presenter

@billiejdporter

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Josephine McCartney

Chief Executive Officer, Kent Community Foundation

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Kieran Cranston

Apprentice

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Louisa Roach

Lead singer of She Drew The Gun

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Dr Heejung Chung

Reader in Sociology and Social Policy

Venue:The Gulbenkian

Gulbenkian
University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NB

Who's involved:

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Danielle Emma Vass

Founder at Teach Programming CIC

@programming_uk

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Conrad Murray

Actor, Writer, Director, Rapper, Beatboxer, Singer & Theatre Maker

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Ellie Lenk

Creative Learning Intern

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Rawan Ammar

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Jodie Langford

The Warren Spoken Word Collective

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Kwame Boateng

Founder of Project Five Fifths

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Archie Cross

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Didier

BAC Beatbox Academy performer

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Max Long

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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James McDowell

BAC Beatbox Academy performer

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Jasmine Ee

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Luke Murray

BAC Beatbox Academy performer

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Carly Maling

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Alvin Martin

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Shaun Glanville

Development Consultant: Charities, arts organisations & social enterprises

@remotekey

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Billie Sequeira

Engineering Technician - BAE Systems

@billieseq

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Vivi Jorgensen

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Tom Page

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Freya Hodge

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Megan Wyrill

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Adam Wright

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Eileen Anima

BAC Beatbox Academy performer

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David Adeyemi

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Mona Kurtolli

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Mikkaela Falshaw

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Reece Bennett

Student and ThinkNation young participant

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Isabelle Hudson

Student and ThinkNation young participant

About Project Twist-It:

Project Twist-It is a multi-platform initiative that aims to shift the negative rhetoric around poverty in US & UK. By working with artists, writers and performers to harness the power of storytelling and by elevating the voices of people with lived experience, Project Twist-It hopes to foster a new kind of conversation around poverty.

Project Twist-It is conceived and driven by journalist Mary O’Hara and supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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