Connected Communities Festival 2015


The Connected Communities Festival 2015 (15-29 June) will explore creative ways to widen and deepen community engagement with the exciting and innovative research being undertaken by the Connected Communities Programme and the AHRC.

A range of locally organised activities will contribute to a UK-wide Festival programme of events and digital activities held as a part of a ‘Festival Fortnight’ between 15th and 29th June 2015.

Details of the events taking place are below and more information is available in the full festival activity listing (PDF 1.07MB, opens in new window).


  • ‘Our place in Time’ exhibition (Tue 16 June, 1-2pm, Edinburgh)
  • Postcards from Culter (Mon 15 – Wed 24 June, Aberdeen)
  • ‘Our Place in Time’ poem reading video shoot (Thu 18 June, 11am-3pm, Edinburgh)
  • Big Walk: Poetry in Motion (Wed 17 June, 1.30-3pm, Edinburgh)
  • Connected with the Clyde: A Multi-Disciplinary Canoe Journey (training workshops Thu 18-Fri 19 June, event Sat 27 June, River Clyde)
  • Visit of Cassiltoun Housing Association and ACCORD (Sat 20 June, Edinburgh)
  • Big Walk: ‘Paint it Back’ featuring the Edinburgh Sketcher (Tue 23 June, 12-3pm, Edinburgh)
  • End of Festival Film Night (Sat 27 June, 6pm onwards, Edinburgh)

Northern Ireland

  • East Belfast and the Great War – WW1 Roadshow Event (Sat 6 June, Belfast)
  • Weom the Falls to the Shankill – a walking tour on the history of UVF members from 1913-14 who served in the Great War (Sat 20 June, Belfast)
  • National Museum Northern Ireland – First World War tour and workshop at the Ulster Museum (Tue 23 June, Belfast)
  • Arts for All – Mural exploring the years 1914-1918 (Thu 25 June, Belfast)


  • CAER HEDZ (15 June and Sat 4 July, 11am-2pm, Cardiff)
  • Merthyr Moves: An Artistic Celebration of Life in the Welsh Valleys (Tue 16 June, 7pm for launch with various events happening between 16-29 June, Merthyr Tydfill)
  • Memo… Mono… Move… A journey through memories, heard through monologues, seen through movement (Tue 16 June, 6.30pm, Pontmorlais)
  • Cymerau Launch (Sat 20 June, 1-6pm, Borth)
  • Working together for improved outcomes: dementia and the community – A workshop for organisations and individuals supporting people to live well with dementia (Tue 23 June, 09.15am-4pm, Ruthkin)
  • Connecting Communities to Industrial Heritage in the Swansea Valley (Thu 25 June, 09.30am-4:30pm, Swansea)


North East

  • Transmitting Musical Heritage (Mon 15 – Tue 16 June, 9am-3pm, Sheffield)
  • Imagine North East – Connecting Communities through Research Festival (Mon 15 – Sat 27 June, various locations in the North East)
  • Action research for Social Justice: Changing the Climate for Research and Teaching (Wed 17 June, 12.30-1.45pm, Durham)
  • What has heritage ever done for us? (…and what would we like heritage to do for York?): Community visions for the future of York’s heritage (Sat 20 June, 2-5pm, York)
  • Castle House Artists’ Vibrancy Festival (Sat 20 – Sun 21 June, Sheffield)
  • Participatory Ethics through Participatory Theatre (Mon 22 June, 12.30-4pm, Durham)
  • Dilemmas Café: Using Dialogue to Explore Ethical Challenges in Community based Participatory Research (Tue 23 June, 5.30-8pm, Durham)
  • Imagine: Filming Connecting Communities Through Research (Various locations and times from 23 June – 27 November)
  • Imagine North East – Launch of Exhibition (Sat 27 June, 10:30am-4:30pm with exhibition launch at 11am, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)
  • Dementia and Imagination: connecting communities and developing well-being through socially engaged visual arts practice (Tue 7 July, 10.30 – 4pm, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)

North West

  • One Great Workshop (Mon 15- Sun 28 June, Sheffield)
  • Cutting Shapes (exhibition takes place Tue 16 June – Sun 5 July. The gallery is open to the public Tue – Sat 11am-5.30pm, Sheffield)
  • Cross-Cultural Connections: Sharing Manchester’s Migration Stories (workshops on Wed 17 June 4-6pm; Sat 20 June 11am-1pm; Wed 24 June 4-6pm; Sat 27 June 11am-1pm, Sat 4 July 4pm, Manchester)
  • ManModSoc – a Manchester Modernist Society Exhibition in four parts (Fri 19 – Fri 26 June, 10a,-6pm, Manchester)
  • Mooch (part 2 ManModSoc) (Fri 19 June – Sat 4 July, 10am-4.30pm, Manchester)
  • ManModSoc – exhibition launch (Sat 20 June, 1-4pm, Manchester)
  • 200 years of Ordsall’s Social History: a theatre workshop (Sat 20 June, 10am-4pm, Salford)
  • Heritage Hit Squad! The role of people power and community expertise in protecting heritage assets (Sat 20 June, 11am-5pm, Manchester)
  • CONNECTING THE MUSEUM AND THE PARK – Midsummer programme in Cheetham Park and Manchester Jewish Museum (Sat 20 and Sun 21 June, 11am-3pm, Manchester and Salford)
  • Hulme Walk (Tue 23 June, 6.30-8pm, Manchester)
  • Dementia & Imagination: conversations around a socially engaged visual arts research project (Thu 25 June, 11am-4pm, Manchester)
  • Cutting Shapes – Performance (Fri 26 June, 6-9pm, Sheffield)
  • ‘Stories to Connect With’ – Story-telling Festival (Sat 27 June, 09.30am-4.30pm, Preston)
  • SEVEN BRIDGES (Part 1) (Sat 27-Sun 28 June 11.30am and 2.30pm, Bradford)
  • SEVEN BRIDGES (Part 2) (Sat 27-Sun 28 June – times TBC, Leeds)


  • Memories and Play through the Ages: Games for All (Sun 14 June  and Tue 16 June 12-4pm. The Unity Hubb will also be open from Mon 15-Fri 19 June, Birmingham)
  • Care Experienced Young People and Participation Workshop (Fri 19 June, 10am-4pm, Leicester)
  • Global Cotton Connections of the Derwent Valley: creative reflections (Sat 20 June 10am, 12 noon and 2pm, Matlock)
  • Digital heritage as co-production at Caistor Roman town (Sun 21 June, 10am-4pm, Norfolk)
  • Making Sense of Community Engagement in and with History and Heritage Based Research (Mon 22 June, 10am-4pm, Birmingham)

  • Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Well-Being at the QUAD, Derby (Mon 22 June, Derby)

  • The ‘Health in the community’ Immersive Workshop (Thu 25 June, 10.30am-3.30pm, Staffordshire)

  • Ceramic City Stories – DIY Heritage Action (Sat 27 June, 10am-4pm, Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Waterways Heritage Day (Sat 27 June, 09.30am-4pm, Newark)
  • Creative Citizen Fair (Sat 27 June, 11am-4pm, Birmingham)
  • Food festival: ‘Local food, local plates, local people’ (Sun 28 June, 11am-3pm, Stoke-on-Trent)
  • Balsall Heath Poetic Transect (Sat 4 July, Birmingham)

South West

  • ‘Tidal Turnings’ – the further adventures of Proxi and Peri and the Bristol Tidal Supporters Club (Sun 20 June, 1-5pm, Bristol)
  • Into the Mud (Sun 21 June, 10am-4pm TBC, Gloucestershire)
  • Tangible Memories: Community in Care (Tue 23 June, 10am-7.30pm, Bristol)

South East​

  • Evocative Objects: the Materialities of Amateur Dramatics
    Part of the AHRC-funded Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space research (Tue 16 June, Ealing, London;Sat 27 June, 11am-4pm, Worcester)
  • ‘Making Suburban Faith’ Stall at Hanwell Carnival (Sat 20 June, 2-6pm, London)

  • Co-designing resilience training tools for local communities, digital artists and designers, parents, young people, practitioners and policy makers (Tue 23 June, Brighton)

  • The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home Heritage Launch Evening (Wed 24 June, 6.30-8.30pm, Worthing)
  • Sharing Memories/Community Archive  Coffee Morning (Thu 25 June, 10.30am – 12:30pm, London)
  • Legacy in Progress: the development and construction of three interim spaces (Thu 25 June, 4.30-6pm for tours and 7.30pm for talk, London)
  • Boundaries: the Edge Condition (Fri 26 June, 2-6pm; Sat 27-Sun28 June, 11am-5pm; Mon 29 June 10am-12pm, London)
  • Wick Session (Fri 26 June, 7.30pm, London)
  • Planning in the Pub (Fri 26 June, 8-10.30pm, London)
  • Soundwaves:Community Voices and Heritage Activism (Sat 27-Sun 28 June, 10am-4pm, St Ives)
  • DEN-City (Sat 27-Sun 28 June, 10am-6pm, London)
  • Hackney WickED Open Studios (Sat 27 – Sun 28 June, 12-6pm, London)
  • Creative Factories: Local Planning for a Live-Work Neighbourhood (Sat 27-Sun 28 June, 1-6pm, London)
  • Hackney WickED Open Studios (Sat 27 – Sun 28 June, 12-6pm, London)