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A Flock of Stories returns for a flying visit!

PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO STORMS! NEW DATE TBC. Birds, Brass and Barnsley Tales (free entry!) – Games on our Lawn: can you hook-a-duck or win at the coconut shy? – Barnsley Brass Band play 1:30-2:30pm. Barnsley Brass – Watch our show, A Flock of Stories, a play of pits, people and pickets, based on local people’s memories of…

Angry Girls: Art, Activism, and Rage

Angry Girls: Art, Activism and Rage Blog by Kerry Lindeque, Angry Girls Collective Project Assistant ‘Anger is the assertion of rights and worth. It is communication, equality, and knowledge’ – Soraya Chemaly, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger When talking about our Angry Girls project, this quote by Soraya Chemaly always comes to mind. It perfectly captures the collective’s goal:…

Imaginary Teachers’ Club

What is the Imaginary Teachers’ Club? This year we are launching a brand-new programme, the ‘Imaginary Teachers’ Club‘. This is a unique initiative which supports all teachers who have worked with an Imaginary Communities artist before (regardless of whether you have moved schools since we have worked together or not), to continue to develop their creative practice and expertise. We recognise the…

Being a Chol Associate – by Lauren Townsend

Being a Chol Associate As a Chol-Operative Associate, I have had the privilege of being part of an innovative leadership model that values everyone’s input equally. This is a model that is based on the co-operative approach and empowers freelance associates to be involved in the decision-making process without the added responsibility and liability of being a full-time staff member. Flexibility I…

Angry Girls creative writing workshop

We recently held the Angry Girls Collective: Silenced Stories creative writing workshop at Soft Ground, Sheffield. The workshop was facilitated by Rae de Soleil who gave us the tools to explore anger in a powerful and intimate way. We were lucky to hear hear readings from Rae’s debut poetry book, ‘Adulthood is a lifelong conversation about what we used to do as…

Daytimers – call out for stories

Daytimers – call out for stories Did you or somebody you know attend the secret music movement ‘Daytimers’ back in the late 1980s or 1990s? The underground Bhangra scene was a place where young British Asians could hang out and dance to home-grown Bhangra music in a relaxed environment. Taking place in broad daylight, Daytimers was a huge cultural movement happening across…

Vicky’s Reflections

As we enter April 2023, it seems particularly timely for me to take a moment to reflect on my life with Chol as I come back to work after maternity leave and I enter my eleventh year working for the company. I’ve given myself a rare quiet hour of indulgent reflection time to see where the pen and my (slightly sleep deprived)…

Bolly-Hudd: Hip-hop and Bollywood dance workshops

Did you know that dance helps reduce stress, increases levels of the feel good hormone serotonin, and helps develop new connections? Join us on various dates in May, June and July at the Chestnut Centre and Northfield Hall, Huddersfield to participate in our free Hip Hop and Bollywood dance workshops. These fun and energy-packed workshops will be an opportunity to learn new…

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