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.” .