31st Jan (Fri): The Future for West Yorkshire’s Regional Democracy symposium + NWH after party
ame celebrates our new year with our new series underlined that encourages creative scenes in our new space Dai Hall delivering diverse ways of outcome from residencies, symposiums, talks to concerts. The second of the series is
The Future for West Yorkshire’s Regional Democracy symposium @ ame Dai Hall (29/30 Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield
31st January Friday 2020
+ NWH After Party
19:30 – 22:30
Territorial Gobbing: Territorial Gobbing is a vital presence in the new vanguard of tongue-tied wonk. A visceral noise poetry and electro-acoustic scene which has been present in the UK underground for decades. From Phil Minton’s vomitous grunts and burps to Dylan Nyoukis’ skat-gob postulations via Chocolate Monk. The Territorial Gobbist in question couples these larynx bending styles with quick-draw dictaphone blasts and a John Wiese esque scattershot surgery of complex acoustic audio thrown all over the listening field. https://opaltapes.com/album/capitalist-art-is-cartoons-fucking
Liminal Haze: A duo of Craig Johnson and Ross Scott Buccleuch from Gateshead/Wigan using synth and tape to create abstract drones and textures. https://invisiblecityrecords.bandcamp.com/album/volume-2
Calineczka: Currently residing in Spain, Polish born Michal Stanczyk creates sparse, minimal drones using a limited modular synthesiser setup. https://importantdronerecords.bandcamp.com/album/what-is-music-and-what-should-it-be
West Yorkshire (the towns and cities of Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Wakefield and surrounding areas in the north of England) has a population of 2.5 million people and one of the largest regional economies in England.
But in terms of the devolution process that has been underway in England since 2013, it has fallen behind Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and other comparable areas.
Given that England is widely acknowledged to be the most centralised established democracy in the world , the citizens of West Yorkshire are left with far less collective political authority over, and responsibility for, their common wellbeing and the place where they live and work than they would have in any other European country.
We want to change that, and we invite papers and presentations of your work to give us ideas, inspiration and tools for citizens to create a flourishing West Yorkshire from the ground up.
We welcome ideas and experience from anywhere in the world, and from any field. Presentations from arts, community and active citizen projects are equally encouraged.
We see the challenge of creating a flourishing, self-sustaining West Yorkshire as having two parts:
– What should we do, and do better, in our region? That activity might be in any field, including the climate emergency, transport, racial justice, economic democracy, education and skills, sport, democracy and governance, the arts and more.
– How can we actively shift the balance of England away from the bankers’ capitalism of central London and the Home Counties
The symposium will consist of the following four panel sessions:
* Space and Governance: What form should regional devolution to West Yorkshire take?
* West Yorkshire youth: How might they contribute to regional democracy?
* The right to the riding; who decides what happens in West Yorkshire / how can we create wider participation?
* Is West Yorkshire a Colony of London?
Organisers: Tiffany R. Holloman, LaTonia Siler-Holloman, Jack Simpson, Ryan Swift (University of Leeds), Andrew Wilson (Same Skies regional democracy collaborative)