Last year, Polari Magazine proposed that David Watters be nominated for the Independent‘s Pink List for his work on The Equal Love Campaign and his own initiative, Give ’em Hope. This year, David inaugurates the Give ’em Hope International Arts Festival. The aim is to tackle homophobia creatively, and to allow anyone who wants to take part the chance to do so. All you need to do is regsiter an event, and the team behind the festival will promote it.
NBI Associates, in association with the Give ‘em Hope Campaign, announce the GIVE ‘EM HOPE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2012.
Individuals and groups worldwide are invited, with the full support of NBI Associates, to hold Pro-Equality Music and Arts events in their local area throughout 2012.
These simultaneous celebrations of diversity should be aimed at a broad audience and may include a variety of art forms and musical styles. The theme for 2012 is, “Tackling the “isms” Creatively” and participants are encouraged to offer music or artistic work which comments upon sexism, racism, disablism, ageism, homophobia and transphobia or any other area not listed here where people may experience prejudice, bullying or limiting labeling. The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness of local and or national charitable organisations, to communicate a message of social equality and a commitment to community cohesion.
Director of NBI Associates and Give ‘em Hope CampaignFounder and Coordinator, David Equality Watters offers the following suggestions to those who may be interested in organising an event, “Your Give‘em Hope Arts Festival can be large or small; anything from a single gig, art show or poetry reading to something bigger.
You can gather some friends in a single room or find a charitable venue who can lend you their space. Perhaps ask your school, college or workplace to stage an event. It’s all about supporting your choice of charities and promoting a sense of community cohesion. You may consider showing a selection of Give ‘em Hope videos or reading some of our stories…that’s an event in itself…..use our resources! There are no limits and no huge demands –this event is YOUR event. MAKE IT WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO BE!”
All events will be promoted vigorously by NBI Associates and their media partners.
Contact David E Watters (Coordinator of the Give ’em Hope Campaign) at DavidWatters@nbiassociates.co.uk to express an interest in organising an event in your area.