Our Festival Focus Day is based on the belief that poverty can only be truly addressed when those who experience it first-hand are at the heart of the process. But how do you talk about poverty in a meaningful way to people who are experiencing it?
Brought to you in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, our special Focus Day introduces the writers and performers who empower people to tell their own stories, and those at the sharp end with lived experience of poverty. Join us for inspirational talks, music, films and performances.
Our expert speakers include journalist and documentary filmmaker Billie JD Porter; Steve Arnott of the Beats Bus project; filmmakers Sean McAllister and Sally Ogden; authors Mahsuda Snaith and Kerry Hudson; and Kev Curran of Inspired Youth.
Work at the University of York is focused around seven research themes which align our academic strengths to best meet the grand scientific, social and environmental challenges of our time. Learn more about the Justice and equality and Health and wellbeing research themes.
Friday 14 June
Beats Bus - 11am to 5pm
Visit the Beats Bus on Parliament Street and find out how this mobile recording studio gives young people a voice through music and art workshops.
Smashing the Poverty Stigma - 11am to 12.30pm
Our Focus Day introduces the writers and performers who empower people to tell their own stories. Learn about the challenges young people face today and watch the film Shared Stories.
Changing the Narrative - 3.30pm to 5pm
How do we change the way we talk about poverty? Join in the discussion as our speakers examine the solutions to the challenges we face.