Back in the simpler times of 2019 we invited artist Peach Doble and her colourful tools to our festival to make an artistic response to our talks sessions. We have a larger project on the way soon, but as that was taking shape, we noticed some particularly powerful words and messages emerging and felt they needed their own space.
Whilst Peach’s methods are full of light, many of these messages speak to the hardship and adversity experienced in our world, and struck a chord with the parts of us that want to be actively involved in shaping change. Every year the incredible speakers that come to our festival equip us with the knowledge to better fight for our values and make us feel invigorated to do so – we hope you can draw strength from their words too!
This hand-picked collection, brought to life in Peach’s bright and beautiful ways, was shared in three sets over three consecutive days. Get the story on the speakers behind the talks below.
‘𝙈𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙤 𝙗𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣’
Talk: Rave To Resist ⚡️ Three artists pushing the boundaries of clubbing: Ben Bishop (inner u), Madison Moore (Opulence) and Aisha Mirza of Misery Party looked beyond the ephemeral raves of the 90s to reflect on community, partying and social change in Brexit Britain, chaired by Anjali Prashar-Savoie.
‘𝙒𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨’
Talk: Food for Connection 🍊 The Shared Plate is a community interest catering company who believe the right to good food should be shared by all and shouldn’t come at the cost of our planet or the lives
‘𝙒𝙚’𝙫𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙮 𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙢’
‘𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙞𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙩𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜’
Talk: Re-Imagining Grief 🍃 A conversation that brought together artists Ed Haslam, James Rowland, Jessica Butcher & Zoe Hunter-Gordon, to ask how can we support one another through grief, and how engaging with the reality of death changes the way we live.
‘𝘿𝙤𝙚𝙨 𝙖 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙗𝙤𝙬 𝘽𝙇𝙏 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣?’
‘𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 & 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚’
‘𝙋𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙤𝙣𝙚 2-𝙙𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡’
Talk: Travis Alabanza – The End of Gender 🏁 A moving part-performance, part-lecture from our hero, the magnetic, multi-talented performance artist, writer and theatre-maker Travis Alabanza. One of the most special Brainchild memories of recent years where Travis opened up about the fight for freedom for those on the margins. They cultivated a safe space in which to explore alternative masculinities and imagine a world beyond gender norms, where the road to black trans liberation means freedom for everybody.
‘𝙋𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙣’𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙨, 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙗𝙨’
‘𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙙𝙤 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙤𝙠𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚?
Talk: Approaches to Activism💡 A led discussion from BC team member & writer Bridget Minamore about the ties between activism and direct action, and the best way for us all to make lasting change.
‘𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚’
Talk: Introduction to Activism from Sisters Uncut 📣 Powerful words from Aviah Sarah Day of the direct action support group for women experiencing domestic violence Sisters Uncut.