The United Nations estimate that one in three women and girls will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. That’s one billion people. On Friday 14th February 2020 there will be a flashmob-style dance at 1pm at the Forum to demand an end to violence against women and girls. This is the 8th Norwich Rising, part of the global One Billion Rising campaign. Dancers will be dancing to the “Break the Chain” dance, choreographed by Debbie Allen from Fame.

There will also be poetry from Poppy Rose and Hayley Burwood and songs from the Common Lot choir and Sue Lane. There will be information available from local support organisations and a collection for Leeway, the Domestic Violence charity.

You can learn the campaign dance “Break the Chain” at home via this website or go along to a free dance practice session at Sewell Park Academy on Sunday 9th February from 2-4pm. The practice will be led by Zumba Sarah from Yendell’s Health and Wellness Hub in North Walsham.

The Common Lot choir have also got a free rehearsal for anyone who would like to join them in singing “I will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. This is on Monday 10th February from 7-9pm at St Augustines Church Hall, Gildencroft.

Norwich Rising is organised by a collective of artists and activists. Artist Eloise O’Hare is the main coordinator. She says:

“We know that Norwich Rising makes a difference. Survivors tell us their trauma is transformed by dancing outside with hundreds of people of all ages and abilities, taking back control of their bodies and using their energy to change the world and make it a safer place.” .

For more information email: artist@eloiseohare.co.uk

For more information on the global campaign, check out the website: http://www.onebillionrising.org

To read an article about One Billion Rising in the Guardian click here

Follow us on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/NorwichRising

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Great to have this website. Please can we have an easy-to-follow video of the dance to we can practice at home before the event? Thanks!

  2. Thanks Ann. Video will be with us soon. Jason from One Billion Rising writes….”there is video in the works. We are in the editing process and it should be out very shortly. The holidays set us a back a bit our tiny team of 12 is working to get it up as quickly as possible. Thanks so much for the support! We can’t wait to rise with you on 14 February 2013!”

    • Would love UEA to rise on 14 February! Have emailed Concrete, student newspaper, and spoken to President of Feminist Society. If u have any contacts, please spread the word x

  3. Hello and well done Norwich. I and some members of the Multicultural Women’s Group of Bury St Edmunds are going to do our best to be there on 14th. Do we just turn up? Do we have to register or do anything to participate? Thanks! Sylvana

    • Hi Sylvana, just come! The Forum is in the centre of the city – you can find a link to directions on the Contact Us page. There is parking at the Forum and a cafe where we will all chill out afterwards. Are you practising the dance?!

      • At least a couple of us are definitely coming! I’ve been looking on-line to try and get T-shirts for the day, but have left it too late. Do you know if anyone will be selling them there? Shall we just wear red and black maybe? Thanks!

  4. In case anyone is wondering, here’s the timetable for what’s happening between 1pm and 2pm on the 14th, outside the Forum in the centre of Norwich:

    •1pm: One Billion Rising campaign dance: ‘Break the Chain’ led by Anne Francis
    •1.05: Welcome from Michelle Savage (Shelly Telly), and the Sheriff of Norwich
    •1.10: Anne Francis leads everyone in a Nia dance to ‘One World’
    •1.15: Zumba Queen – Zumba
    •1.25: Introduction and dance to ‘Break the Chain’ One Billion Rising campaign dance led by Anne Francis. Future Radio will be playing the campaign anthem at 1.30
    •1.35: Hip hop
    •1.40: Dancers from Anam Kara: belly dance demonstration
    •1.50: ‘Break the Chain’ One Billion Rising campaign dance led by Anne Francis
    •1.55: Final freestyle dance and close

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