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Word2018 – call for co-promotion submissions

Word2018 Festival is seeking submissions for events and activities to be considered for inclusion in this year’s festival.

Now in its 7th year, Islington’s annual Word festival celebrates the transformative power of words through a programme of high quality, arts activities, events and learning opportunities that encourage residents across Islington to develop enjoyment in reading, writing and freedom of expression.

Word2018 will run from 1 – 30 June 2018 and is a partnership initiative between Islington Council’s Library and Heritage Services, Arts Service, All Change and Free Word. Over the past 6 years Word has had great success in reaching a diverse range of people of all ages and abilities in Islington, offering them the chance to participate in extraordinary projects, and to create and experience amazing work both as participants and audiences.

Word2018 will focus on the impact projects – which use reading, writing and literature in creative ways – can have on mental health and wellbeing. The programme will include a number of specially commissioned projects, and will shine a spotlight on high quality creative work being delivered by arts organisations in Islington which offer creative approaches to and demonstrate effective engagement with the festival’s 3 priority target audiences:

  1. a) Older adults with dementia (65 years and over) and their families
  2. b) Young people with mental health difficulties (specifically projects that work to improve the wellbeing of young people aged 13 – 25 years) and their families
  3. c) Children (especially early years – 1- 5 years) and their families.

Word2018 is inviting expressions of interest from artists and arts organisations wishing to submit arts activities and creative opportunities for inclusion in this year’s festival. Activities should explore the pleasure of reading, writing and freedom of expression and take place in Islington between 1-30 June 2018.

Please read the guidance document and submit your activities and events by completing the attached proposal form and sending by email to info@allchangearts.org 6pm on Monday 5 March 2018. 

WORD2018 Festival Co-Promotion – Expression of Interest Guidelines

WORD2018 Co-promotion proposal form


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Key Changes – Islington World Mental Health Day Celebration

Saturday 7 October 2017 2-5pm – Join our wonderful Word Festival partners Key Changes at St Luke’s Community Centre today for a feast of fun and friendly activities  to mark World Mental Health Day 2017 – including an afternoon Open Mic performance! St Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ 


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Word’s Up for another year… time for After-Word

So Word2017 has come to an end – having delivered a wonderful month of extraordinary events and performances across Islington – involving  local residents of all ages and backgrounds and celebrating a wonderful mix of voices. Thank you to all the amazing artists and arts organisations that contributed to Word2017 and to all those who took part in projects and events as participants and audiences. Keep an eye on this website and follow us on Twitter @wordislington opportunities to enjoy words throughout the year! … and check out out new Instagram account @wordislington to enjoy images from this year’s festival and upcoming activities.

And …AFTER WORD this summer why not get involved in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – 1 July–17 September – Children can help solve the cases of the mysterious graffiti and the missing lunch by reading 6 books, collecting the stickers in their special folder and the mini prizes. And, if they finish all 6 books, they could also win one of our great prizes! For more information go to www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk or ask in the library.

Watch out too for our programme of summer events including some great animal rap and rhyme shows from the brilliantly funny poet Neal Zetter plus the ever-popular Safari Pete’s live animal show. And, we’ve got lots of other events going on to keep your children entertained! For more details go to www.islington.gov.uk/libraries

Summer Reading Challenge Champions – Aged 13-19? Why not become a Summer Reading Challenge Champion, helping younger children complete their challenge? Complete 8 hours work and get a guaranteed £10 Love2Shop voucher! For more details go to www.islington.gov.uk/libraries

 WordieIslington – Think of a word… a word you like… a word that talks to you. Selfie it… or photograph something that says it to you… add some text to say why. Upload your photos to Instagram @wordieislington and you could win a Love2Shop voucher!




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Day 30: Word’s Up

Friday 30 June: 7pm –

Join Word2017 at 27 Dingley Place – home of All Change and Impact Hub for a fabulous evening of perfectly performed words and magical movement from some festival favourites.

The closing event for this year’s festival – hosted by Paul Lyalls, features a premiere dance performance from Candoco’s ‘Dancing Letters’ project, spoken word and music from Key Changes, the launch of the Sound Minds Vol. 1. concept album created by young people working with Cardboard Citizens and Lyrix Organix artists. Celebrating – and Book Ending this year’s festivities.


12 noon today ‘Sound: Mind – Vol.1’ goes live!

To listen CLICK HERE

‘Sound:Mind – Vol.1’ is a conceptual album/theatre production by Cardboard Citizens and Lyrix Organix, in partnership with Little Simz. Explore the sunshine and shade of young peoples’ mental health, through their own words and music.

Inspired by Islington-born, female rapper Little Simz’s acclaimed 2016 album ‘Stillness in Wonderland’, it was developed over a two-week workshop programme.

Commissioned as part of Islington’s Word 2017 Festival.

100% profits from sales of this album donated to Cardboard Citizens  #soundmindvol1 

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Day 28: These Pictures are Stories

Wednesday 28 June: 7pm at 27 Dingley Place 

These Pictures are Stories – Since April 2017 young women in London and young women in Harare, Zimbabwe have been involved in a creative conversation using photography and poetry to share experiences and ideas, resulting in an online exhibition. They have worked with artist mentors in each city –  Marysa Dowling (photography) and Miss Jacqui (poetry) for All Change in London; and Laurie MacPherson (photography) and Batsirai Chigama (poetry) for Zimbo Jam in Harare. Join the London group and artists as they share some of their work, and talk about their experience of this exciting international collaboration. Take part in some photography and poetry activities too.



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Week 5: Free Word of the Week

26 June 2017: Broaden your lexical horizons during the festival by spotting Free Words of the Week around the borough – or join in by putting them on display where you work! There will be a new word for every week of the festival tying into its wellbeing themes. Go to https://www.freewordcentre.com/free-words to find out more and to sign upfor weekly posters.





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