The United Nations estimate that one in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s one billion women. On Sunday 30th April 2017 there will be a flashmob-style dance at 1pm in Chapelfield Gardens to demand an end to violence against women. This is the 5th 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.

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There are a series of free rehearsals where people can learn the dance:

Sunday 9th April 2017, 2pm Chapelfield Gardens

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 2pm Chapelfield Gardens

Monday 24th April 2017, 7pm Chapelfield Gardens

Tuesday 25th April 2017, 7pm Dandifest opening St. Margaret’s Church of art (Dance for real).

Wednesday 26th April 2017, 7pm St. Margaret’s church of art (Practice)

Thursday 27th April 2017, 7pm Chapelfield Gardens (Final practice)

Sunday 30th April 2017 Chapelfield Gardens 1pm (Dance for real) Rain or Shine.
Norwich Rising is supported by Norwich and District Trades council and will be part of their May Day celebrations. It is also a collaboration with the Norwich Dandies and their Dandifest festival. It is organised by Eloise O’Hare and Poppy Rose. Eloise says:

“This year we have moved the event from the usual global day of action on the 14th February so we can collaborate with the Norwich Dandies and the Norwich and District Trades council in a triad of support. We are aiming to capture new audience and have the beauty of the park to dance in.”

There will be experienced and new dancers from across East Anglia, including Catton Grove Primary school who our practicing the dance at school with the help of teacher Ellie Barnaby. Alongside the flash mob Breaking the Chain dance, there will be entertainment from:

– Musicians Emma Jarvis and Stephen Little’s band ‘Ruby Flipper’ will be doing a deluxe, lush duet of music.

– All the way from Australia Performance Poet the sensational Edwina Blush inspires, illuminates and cross pollinates from the corporate concrete jungle to the wilderness of underfunded underground arts. Edwina began her journey in performance poetry in Britain’s fertile LGBT community in 1987. The UK welcomes Edwina’s 30 year reunion with her radical roots.

– Hayley Burwood local poet and chair of Opening Doors uses poetry as a healing process to express her past experiences

– 18 year old Nesta James who busks in Norwich a solo singer song writer will be singing ‘We are gentle angry people’ and one of own songs.

Speakers include:

– Emergency rescue services

– Lucy Ashby-Otun and her daughter Ruby from the Women Supporting Women Norfolk and Waveney group.

– The Equality Party is a new political party set up by women and they will be talking about women in work and sex education in schools.

– Poppy Rose will give facts and figures about violence against women

– BSL interpreter Bobbi Hallsworth will be sign language interpreting the event as well as speaking about violence against women in the hard of hearing community.

A small grant from Co-op supermarket has helped towards the costs of this year’s event. It was raised through their community token box system.

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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