The Borders Within - Lyrix Organix x Active Citizens (British Council)

Sat Nov 09 2019 at 10:00 am to Sun Nov 17 2019 at 05:00 pm
Top East London/North London venue (TBA), London, United Kingdom

Top East London/North London venue (TBA), London, United Kingdom

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66 million people on one island. More isolated than ever. A call to action for artists, creatives & social entrepreneurs. Because change can happen through us. Not just to us.

"We have a great opportunity. As we redefine our nationhood we can work to create a country that is open, vibrant, resilient and diverse. We can show that our borders are not constructed to further an ideology of isolationism and discrimination" (The Borders Within - Spurrier, 2018) 


* You will need to complete a short Registration Survey when you purchase a ticket to determine your eligibility. See 'Who Are We Looking For - Open Call' below for full details and elgibility criteria.

* The course is FREE but you pay a £20 deposit (minus Eventbrite fees). You will be refunded this deposit if:

you complete the 5 day course 

OR you are ineligible for the course

OR you cancel at least 30 days before the workshop begins

* You must be available to attend and complete the whole 5 day course

DATES: Sat 9 + Sun 10 + Fri 15 + Sat 16 + Sun 17 November (10am - 5pm)


Join a pioneering Social Leadership x Arts & Culture training programme with top facilitators, special guests, mentoring, seed funding and a worldwide network of 75 countries.


An open call to poets, musicians, rappers, writers, theatre makers. Visual artists, film-makers, photographers, designers. Social entrepreneurs, producers and change makers.


A body of work designed by you;  a collective of socially-minded artists. Collaborate to design and deliver social action projects that affect change in communities. In response to the theme of ‘Island and Isolation’ in a post-Brexit era.

Just one week after Britain is due to leave the European Union, Lyrix Organix x Active Citizens (in partnership with British Council) launch ‘The Borders Within’. A 5-day social leadership workshop programme leading to a collection of artistic responses in the form of community social action projects (delivered outside of workshops) - on the theme of ‘Island and Isolation’ e.g. mental health, housing, immigration, class, ethnicity, intergenerational, social media

Globally connected, locally engaged. 

Active Citizens is a global Social Leadership and Arts training programme delivered in 75 countries worldwide in partnership with British Council. Lyrix Organix is launching an open call for 30 artists/ social entrepreneurs/ changemakers to take part in a special UK-based 5-day intensive training course (across two weekends):

Immerse | a landmark new Artist programme for social change

Learn | build community-led social development through Arts & Culture 

Expert facilitators | Deanna Rodger & Dan Tsu 

Daily special guest ‘provocations’ | Activists, Artists, Systems Thinkers

Expert training to become a facilitator 

Collaborate to design your own social action projects

Create a body of work with a collective of socially-minded artists 

Mentoring & Seed Funding for your social action project 

Kickstarter | support and advice 

Join a global network | 11,000 Active Citizens projects worldwide (with international opportunities) 


Experience not essential - but passion, creativity and ideas are. 

Age 18+. Wide age range encouraged. No upper age limit.

People keen to use arts & culture to create social change

Passionate about creating change in your community

Keen to develop facilitation skills 

Strong sense of local culture and identity

Keen for social justice

Committed, and with time, to deliver Social Action Projects (in small teams) 


Stage 1

5x full day workshops (10am - 5pm TBC) in Central/East London (Zone 1-2)

Sat 9 / Sun 10 / Fri 15 / Sat 16 / Sun 17 November

A 5-day programme taking 30 participants through four stages of the Active Citizens Learning Journey

Small teams design and deliver their own social action project (SAP) using their creative approach to the theme of ‘Isolation & Island’. At least one group to specialise in Film.

Examples of SAPs: a photography campaign for refugee rights / a Forum theatre piece on social exclusion and mental health / an intergenerational live music event / an art installation on inequality

Stage 2

Each group awarded Seed Funding for their SAP 

Each group receives 2x one hour SAP surgeries with a mentor to support their progress

Each group receives support from Kickstarter (if they decide to pursue crowdfunding)

International Study Visits - opportunity to host international guests / build global networks

OVERALL TIME COMMITMENT: will depend on your project, but expect minimum one day per month over 6 months (on average) beyond the 5-day workshops

* We are commited to making Lyrix Organix projects accessible. Please email lyrixorganix | gmail ! com and we will do us best to help you if:

If you cannot afford the deposit we have bursaries to cover the cost.

If you have access requirements that make it difficult for you to complete registration.

If you have access requirements to participate in the workshop. 
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