A Shout in the Street

Submitted by Lottie on Sun, 2012-07-01 20:48
A Shout in the Street

“A shout in the street” – Street Training

Bankers! WE take up your space. TODAY WE PLAY HERE – taking back resources that have been incorrectly assigned to you!

At a time when fewer and fewer resources will be channeled into early years and youth provision as a result of an unhealthy and untenable relationship between government and the banking system. Small children are taking up space and time of the City of London, the physical territory of the banking system, in order to meet our needs for play, creativity, joyful interaction.

Austerity measures and public spending cuts are already impacting on our babies – how will it continue? Occupation and insurrection! Our local children’s centre has been closed down so we search for places to play in the City. This week we interrupt, sew confusion, create playful obstacles and joyful connections in the territory of the financial markets. Collectively developing the skills of improvisation, collaboration and reflection to ensure that the ability to make meaning together, raise consciousness and self educate are growing strong!

“The UK did better than many other rich countries in reducing child poverty and deprivation during the early years of the financial crisis. But the current government's policies to reduce spending will reverse this, and more children will grow up in poverty. “
UNICEF website May 2012

“Going forwards, we estimate that public spending on education in the UK will fall by 3.5% per year in real terms between 2010–11 and 2014–15. This would represent the largest cut in education spending over any four-year period since at least the 1950s, and would return education spending as a share of national income back to 4.6% by 2014–15.”
Trends in Education and School Spending
Institute for fiscal studies IFS Briefing Note BN121

This event is part of Moving Forest
A twelve-day prelude moving across the city; a twelve-hour sound art opera of betrayal and rebellion culminating in a spectacular series of disturbing performances in Chelsea College of Art Parade Ground; a one-day coda of debate.

A shout in the Street

Rebecca, mum of little baby Caleb said after the shout in the street session " It was really fun and amazing how natural it is for children to be that way. We could all learn so much doing that as an exercise in our everyday lives."