Our Voice is an autobiographical theatre project with performance artist Bryony Kimmings and reality star Amy Hart, (who has GRT heritage). This project is a celebration of the culture and traditions of these communities, whilst challenging negative stereotypes.
Our Voice is a unique learning opportunity in association with the University of Lancaster and is made with, and performed by, young women from GRT communities across the district.
Click HERE to read guest blog on Broadway World from session leader Amy Hart.
In 2020, The Dukes launched a brand new digital film project, ‘Speak Up’, inviting anyone aged 12 to 16 interested in becoming an artistic activist to get involved.
From matters of global significance – Black Lives Matter, the climate emergency, and most recently their own futures with exam results, the sessions encourage young people to use their voice and offer a platform to make those voices heard.
In 2020, participants learnt new skills, share their creations, and learnt how to make film in interesting and curious ways.
Click HERE to watch the film the participants created.
Widescreen is a project created by The Dukes, Lancaster, funded by Film Hub North. The project seeks to engage with the local community to help expand our film audience, with a strong focus on making our programming and spaces more diverse. We want to give people from under-represented communities a voice and a chance to tell us what kinds of films and events they would like to see more of to allow film and the arts to be accessible and enjoyable to all.
We aim to facilitate that ongoing conversation and use that valuable information to make the Dukes a more inclusive place to all who visit. This project is led by our Film Engagement Lead, Keilah, and if you have any questions or ideas to share you can contact her using the link below.
Keilah is documenting her journey working on the project over on our blog. To follow along, search for 'Keilah's Chronicles' or click the links below.
A Life More Ordinary
Our ALMO programme of dementia-friendly events was inspired by a report from Age UK which highlighted couples who were living with dementia but were feeling isolated and had stopped going out, socialising and doing things together.
The initial project ran for three years, reaching almost 11,000 participants, with dementia-friendly screenings and workshops taking place in Lancaster. The programme was then rolled out to fifteen partner venues across the UK and culminated in the Creative Adventures in Dementia Festival which took place in May 2018.
The Dukes continues to offer regular ALMO Dementia-friendly cinema screenings with a relaxed atmosphere where people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please. Each screening has an interval with live entertainment.