- Check out Eloise and Chrissy on Pride Live! talking about plans for Norwich Rising 2018 https://www.mixcloud.com/futureradio/21-08-17-pride-live/
- Our first planning meeting for 2018 was fab – loads of great ideas. We met at the Playhouse on Sunday 13th August 2017.
- Thanks to everyone who made Norwich Rising 2017 such a success. It was great to work in solidarity with the Norwich Dandies and the Norwich & District Trades Council to reach so many different people.
- Here are the plans for the 5th Norwich Rising …..
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.
– 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.
- In 2017 we are going to work with the Norwich Dandies and the Trades Council to celebrate Norwich Rising. This means we are moving it from the 14th February to 30th April in Chapelfield Gardens as part of the May Day celebrations. In this way we hope to maximise awareness of the campaign and how we how to break the chain of violence against women. Eloise has once again created a fabulous poster.
- Rehearsals for 2017 Norwich Rising have begun!
- We have received £200 from the Coop to organise Norwich Rising in 2017!
- Norwich Rising 2016 was brilliant but very very cold so we decided to do it all again ….inside!
- We had another fabulous Norwich Rising! Once again the kids from Catton Grove were complete stars. Thanks to everyone who came and make it such a success.
- Check out the wonderful pics by Ruski and Ann Nicholls by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/Ruski.face/media_set?set=a.10153375922802060.1073741876.583847059&type=3&pnref=story
- There were lots of great tweets on Twitter and we were retweeted around the world.
- Here’s the timetable for Norwich Rising 2016:
1.00 Break the Chain dance
1.05 Intro from compere Di and organiser Eloise
1.10 Song by V Sign Vicky Moore
1.15 Still I Rise – Stevie reads Maya Angelou Poem
1.20 Song by Sue and Mary
1.25 Mass singing of We are Gentle Angry People
1.30 Break the Chain dance
1.35 Poem by Hayley
1.45 Poem by Poppy
1.50 Speech by Mikayla from Catton Grove Primary School
1.55 Break the Chain dance
2.00 School photo of everyone on the Steps
- Not long now!
- Eloise was inspired by Charlie’s Angels to create the 2016 poster!
- Cheers East of England Coop for supporting us with free tea for our rehearsals! Here we are enjoying our Coop Cuppa.
- We had a great first rehearsal at the Silver Rd Community Centre.
- Thanks to a grant from Comic Relief Community Cash, we can now offer a series of free dance rehearsals and a t-shirt screen printing workshop at the Silver Rd Community Centre. We will also be able to run a Break the Chain dance rehearsal at the Winter Wellbeing Festival in Attleborough on Saturday 30th January 2016.
- Norwich Rising 2015 was fab. Dozens of dancers took part part and we gave out over 200 stickers in 30 minutes. Sue Lane’s singing of “Behind the wall” by Tracey Chapman was mesmerising. We danced Break the Chain three times and every time the music started there was a huge whoop from the crowd. Big thanks to Julie from Silver Rd Community Centre and Miriam from Undulation Elation for getting involved this year and helping us to make it happen.
Timetable for Norwich Rising 2015, Saturday 14th February, 1pm at the Forum
1.00 Break the Chain dance
1.05 Behind the Wall sung by Sue Lane
1.10 Break the Chain dance
1.15 Call and Response Poem “Freedom”
1.20 Break the Chain dance
1.25 Team Photo
1.30 Ends (meet us in Marzanos for a hot chocolate!)
Please wear the campaign colours – red, pink and black – and don’t forget to make a poster at the Info Desk saying why you are rising. Ann Nicholls from Look, See, Click can take your pic for our online gallery. There is a colouring-in poster for children and doodlers of all ages. Leeway domestic violence charity will be there if you want to find out about their work. We’ve got 1,000 stickers printed to raise awareness of the campaign and keep a check on how many people are taking part, so don’t forget to grab one. We need as many people as possible on the steps at 1.25pm for the team pic to show survivors across the world that Norwich danced to support them and to break the chain of violence.
- Eloise set up a crowd-funding page for this year’s Norwich Rising and the money she raised has helped to pay for a banner, stickers and babysitting for our dance tutor whilst she ran rehearsals. Thanks to everyone who donated.
- We’ve got a colouring in poster for children and doodlers of all ages.
- Final dance rehearsal is on Friday 13th February at 7pm at the Silver Rd Community Centre and then we rise the next day at 1pm at the Forum. Please try to wear at least one of the campaign colours – red, pink and black.
- We had a fab practice at the Silver Road Community Centre, led by Miriam Gita Spacek. join us next Sunday at 3pm.
- The Silver Road Community Centre have contacted us to offer to run “Break the Chain” dance rehearsals there on Sunday afternoons. Julie, the secretary says: “we are delighted to support the Norwich Rising campaign and hope that lots of women and men will come and join us at the rehearsals and dance with us on the day.”
- On Saturday 16th August 2014 at 1pm we will be dancing “Break the Chain” as part of the Festival of Cultures
- Norwich Rising 2014 was brilliant! The rain didn’t stop us from drumming and dancing for Justice and there was excellent coverage in the local press.
- Catton Grove Primary school are a class act! FABULOUS coverage in the Evening News of the first drumming lesson at the school.
- The rehearsal at the Forum was fab! Loads of people came with pots and pans and several families joined in. The kids loved it. Here’s a pic from Ann Nicholls. You can see loads more on facebook.
- Next drumming rehearsal is on Sunday 19th January at 11am at the Forum. Meet in Cafe Bar Marzano for a drink and catch-up before we start drumming bang on 11.30 when the church service in St Peter Mancroft ends.
- We’re in the papers! Norwich Evening News, Friday 17th January.
- Eloise O’Hare, international artist, has designed us a beautiful poster
- Podcast of Eloise on Future Radio’s Pride Live on 13th January: http://futureradio.co.uk/podcast/2014/january/pride-live-13-01-14
- Check out Ann Nicholl’s photos from the first rehearsal at the Coach and Horses Union St on iWitness
- Maddi Cassell of Dog Chasing Tail Community Music, has volunteered to lead the drumming and the rehearsals.
- Julian Culpan from Australia has created us a beat to drum on 14th February. It has a secret message in it – can you work out what it is? Listen to it here: http://beepmode.co.uk/_r/secret_drum.html
- The Forum agree to host the event again on Upper Millennium Plain at 1pm on 14th February 2014
- December 2013 and Eloise O’Hare asks the Norwich Rising Facebook Group for ideas for what we can do for February 2014. Jojo suggests mass drumming and making drums from pots, pans etc. 63 different responses later and we have our plan.
- Shelly Telly made a short film about Norwich Rising to the soundtrack of “Break the Chain”
- Excellent coverage in the local press. Well done reporter Victoria Leggett and photographer Bill Smith
- We’re on Mustard TV! the new local TV channel for Norwich.
- Hundreds came to Norwich Rising at the Forum! It was WONDERFUL! Here’s a team photo at the very end when loads of people had already gone.
- County Hall Rising!
- Cotman Housing Rising!
- Sprowston High School Rising!
- Chloe Smith MP writes: “There is no excuse for condoning violence against women and girls. It is great to see this highlighted in Norwich with lots of imagination from thousands of dancers including local schools and more. I’ll add a little wiggle in Parliament if I can!”
- Primary School teachers on a “Tackling Homophobia in School” course practice the dance at lunchtime.
- Catton Grove Primary School dancers are on page 4 of the Evening News tonight and top story on Evening News 24
- Listen to the Podcast of Future Radio’s “Norwich Today” programme – Jasmine talks to campaigners and children from Catton Grove School
- County Hall councillors and staff are rising! 1pm in the Cranworth Room, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH on 14th February. Rehearsal on Tuesday 12th Feb at the social club 12.30 – 1.30pm.
- Paul Sanford, District Superintendent says “Norwich Police fully support the One Billion rising campaign in its efforts to highlight the levels of violence directed towards women. Highlighting these unacceptable statistics can only help in our efforts to tackle this serious issue.”
- Cotman Housing Association’s Director of Neighbourhood & Support Services, Jane Warnes said ‘Even in a peaceful city like Norwich there are horrific cases of domestic violence every day, and sadly our own Domestic Violence Refuges are always full to capacity. There is no excuse for violence against women or children, and we are pleased to be able to play a small part in highlighting this campaign’
- The Sheriff of Norwich John Jennings will launch the dancing at the Forum.
- Ellie and Debbie, teachers at Catton Grove Primary School will be bringing 30 girls and 4 boys to Norwich Rising. The Norwich Evening News are going to take photos of a rehearsal and Ellie and a couple of the girls will be on Future Radio on Friday 6th February at 1.30pm
- Ann from Look, See, Click has started an Advent-style calendar counting down to when we rise! She took this pic on Sunday and got her mate Edith to photoshop it to create a different one for every day with the number of the days left until 14th February. She plans to change her facebook photo each day to raise awareness amongst friends.
Rowena from 4Women Resource Centre has been publicising Norwich Rising through her networks. She says: “4women will be proud to rise on February the 14th at 1pm at the Forum, I will be there with some of our volunteers anyone wishing to join us or who would like someone to walk down with us, we will be gathering outside the entrance door (back door) at 4women at 12.30, you are more than welcome to join us. 4women believes in a united approach, to work together to end Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence against women and girls internationally. Violence against women and girls must not be tolerated, must not be excused and must not be explained away with excuses and blame, it is never acceptable, it is never OK!” There is a dance rehearsal at the 4 Women Resource Centre at 2pm on Tuesday 12th February.
- Terry Lee, Station Manager, has written to all Future Radio volunteers to say….Hi everyone, On Valentine’s Day (Thursday 14th Feb, at 1pm) I am going to be dancing outside the Forum as part of the campaign Norwich Rising (part of ONE BILLION RISING). You may have heard it being advertised on Future Radio recently. Join me? Norwich Rising (https://norwichrising.wordpress.com/) is a vibrant international campaign against violence to women. Details for activities around Norwich are online, as is a video with the special dance routine we all need to practice J. There will be loads of media coverage of this significant event, including on Future Radio where we have been playing the campaign anthem ‘Break the Chain’. I hope as many of as possible can join me on the day for this worthwhile cause. Cheers Terry
- Mette Ohrvik Chief Executive of the Sue Lambert Trust (previously SeVA) which provides support for the survivors of sexual abuse: ‘Sexual abuse and violence is the secret crime within society – it is committed by victim’s family members, their friends and acquaintances as well as by strangers. The aftermath can be devastating and the Sue Lambert Trust is here to listen and support survivors helping them to understand that the blame lies firmly with the perpetrators and not with them. We are proud to support Norwich Rising which is about raising awareness of the issues people who have experienced sexual abuse and rape face, and the services which are available to help them.’
- Mandy Proctor, Chief Executive for Leeway said “Domestic violence doesn’t just mean violent behaviour; abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological or financial. It can take place in any relationship regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, wealth or lifestyle. Norwich Rising embraces everything we are trying to achieve as an organisation, we work to empower our service users so that they can make positive changes in their lives.”
- Menscraft, a charity in Norwich that promotes a positive view of masculinity, is supporting One Billion Rising.
- We’re in the Guardian! http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/28/one-billion-rising-feminist-campaign Our trailer is embedded into the online article and mentioned in the paper “The idea of dancing to stop violence has understandably attracted naysayers, even among committed supporters, but two videos, among hundreds, sum up how Ensler’s idea inspires campaigners. The first is the one that launched the new anthem written and produced by Grammy-award-winning Tena Clark, Break the Chain, with a video choreographed by Debbie Allen, who went on to make her own accompanying “how to” dance video. The second is one produced by campaigners in Norwich. Without the involvement of the sort of Hollywood A-listers – Robert Redford, Jane Fonda – usually associated with Ensler, it’s still hugely effective. Local organisers were keen to show that the campaign is supported by men and boys as well as women.”
- Thanks to everyone who is blogging about Norwich Rising and spreading the word. Here’s Tabitha’s blog: http://epiphany50.blogspot.co.uk/
- Fab rehearsal at the Forum this morning (Sunday 27th Jan at 10am) and we all started to synch which was a brilliant feeling. Well done Anne for going through the steps and Jasmine for all your practices at home and thanks to Shell for making the flag. Here are some pics from Eloise O’Hare and Ann at Look, See, Click….
- Loads of people came to last night’s rehearsal at the Garage which was great. We learnt that we are all learning different versions of the dance! One of the problems is some of us are mirroring what we see on screen (so when they move their right foot, we move our left) rather than following the instruction (“right foot forward”) here’s how Amanda solved this when practising at home: “sorted this by playing the video on my iPad and standing it opposite a mirror which I then watch!! Now when they say move to the right, they are moving to my right and much less confused..”
- Listen to Di Cunningham speaking to Monique Wilson, UK coordinator for One Billion Rising http://futureradio.co.uk/podcast/2013/january/di-cunningham-talks-monique-wilson-1-billion-rising
- Norfolk County Council are going to print us 300 copies of the poster and the Greenhouse Shop on Bethel St said they would be “honoured” to be a collecting point for anyone who wants to pick some up to distribute.
- Tribe PR tweeted: “Good Luck with challenge on the 14th! We’ll be dancing at our desks!”
- Stellla Creasy, MP, tweeted: “Fab video produced by the
#OBRUK #1billionrising crew in norwich youtu.be/TsOhG6SGm_A Get in touch with them to join!
- We have a trailer! Watch it here:
- Nice bit in the Evening News on 23rd January 2013:
- Several early risers braved the snow on 20th January to got to a Sunday morning dance practice outside the Forum. Here are some pics from Eloise O’Hare
- Jessica Assato, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich North, tweeted to her 7697 followers to join Norwich Rising. We asked “R u dancin’ Jess?” and she said “absolutely and very keen to help in anyway I can!”
- Helen Selleck, Events Leader at Norwich City Council is spreading the word at City Hall. “Look forward to seeing it!” says Helen
- Listen to Shell’s interview with Jules Bremner on Pride Live! here
- Julie Inns, Diversity Officer at Norfolk Constabulary, has emailed all the Chief Officers and put the posters on the noticeboards
- County Councillor Jenny Chamberlin has been blogging about Norwich Rising: http://jennychamberlin.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/norwich-rising-14th-february-2013/
- Listen to Jasmine’s article on Future radio about the first dance practice http://futureradio.co.uk/podcast/2013/january/jasmine-goes-along-norwich-rising-rehearsal
- We had our first rehearsal outside the Forum on Sunday 13th January at 10am. Ann from NIA Norfolk brought her P.A. and we had an exhilarating dance in the open air. It is going to be amaaaaaaaaaaaazing on 14th February. Best thing was people stopping to ask what we were doing and then signing up to get involved and spread the word. This fab photo is by Ann from Look, See, Click.
- Anne from NIA Norfolk agreed to run dance practices on Thursdays at 6pm at the Garage, Chapelfield North and on Sundays at 10am at the Forum
- Sam Bettis, talented NUCA student has designed a wonderful poster for us, including a version that you can colour in yourself!
- Nigel Williams, Chief Fire Officer, has emailed his staff: Fancy a Dance? Yes that’s what I said…Fancy a dance?? Why don’t you join me? I am going dancing outside the Norwich Forum on Valentine’s day between 1pm and 2 pm…Why? I don’t know if you are aware of the campaign ONE IN A BILLION RISING : http://onebillionrising.org/. It is a vibrant international campaign against violence to women. Details for activities around Norwich are here: https://norwichrising.wordpress.com/. Hence the Valentine’s day dance. This worthwhile campaign is looking for local grass roots support and one idea is to have people in different uniforms around Norwich/Norfolk dancing – along with loads of other people too. The organiser is a community film maker and will be putting together a video of the events. So this might be a chance for a group of fire fighters or FRS other staff who wish to support this to be filmed dancing (or attempting to dance….) Fancy it? Let me know, and join me on the day…. (p.s. if nothing else to see just how badly I dance!)
- Sam Elmhurst had done some photoshopping to imagine what the Forum will look like on 14th February
- In November 2012 Shell read an article in the Guardian about One Billion Rising and asked friends on Facebook if they’d like to take part. Ann, Jasmine and Eloise said “let’s go for it” and we set up a facebook event and started inviting others.