What’s ‘The Future’ got to do with community?

 Some reflections on Connected Communities and UNESCO’s Uknowlabs programme. ‘The future’ and concepts related to ‘time’ are emerging as important themes in the work of the Connected Communities Programme. Read more


Call for Participants – What can co-produced research achieve for social justice?

The Connected Communities Programme will be hosting a research symposium in November 2013 to examine the question: What can co-produced research accomplish for social justice? The symposium is intended to provide an opportunity for creative and critical reflection for those engaged in co-produced research associated with the Connected Communities programme. Read more


HERA The Time and The Place conference and festival, London, 30 May -1 June

What is the connection between Bronze Age artefacts, European jazz, medieval manuscripts and photography which captures Europe’s complex colonial past? And how do artists as diverse as gipsy violinist Roby Farkas and his colleagues in the extrovert multi-national band Budapest Bár, or saxophonist/MC/rapper Soweto Kinch, or the hauntingly beautiful Sami voice of Mari Boine fit into the picture? Read more


In Harmony Liverpool AHRC research network meeting report

[George] On May 14 I attended the third (of three) workshop in this AHRC Research Network, speaking about Connected Communities and about a scoping study I co-wrote in 2011 on community music. It was a fascinating day discussing one of the UK’s Venezuelan El Sistema-style orchestral music / community projects, held at The Friary, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s rehearsal / education centre. Read more


Short introductory film from Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery project

One of the large projects funded in our recent Community, Health and Well-Being call has produced a short introductory video. The project, Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery: Connecting Communities for Mental Health and Well-Being, is run from Nottingham University; further information about it is accessible here. Read more


Short film of the March 2013 Showcase

At the March 2013 showcase for the Connected Communities programme, AHRC media folk were filming the day and asking people to talk about what the programme means to them, as academics, community partners and organisations, creative artists. They edited this footage with extracts from films commissioned by specific projects for the day. Read more


AHRC / HLF call for Co-ordinating Centres to commemorate the centenary of the First World War

[From AHRC website, announced  1 May] The AHRC, working in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), wishes to invite applications for a small number of co-ordinating centres to support community engagement activities to connect academic and public histories of the First World War and its legacy. Read more


Getting Nowhere? Changing the Conversation

I’ve just returned from two fascinating days at the Changing the Conversation: Artists’ Practice in Participatory Settings conference, at Lancaster University (15-16 April). Read more


Rethinking Jazz Cultures conference, Salford, 11-14 April

[George] So looking forward to this conference at MediaCityUK, the culmination of our three-yearHERA-funded European jazz research project,Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities. Read more


Showcase event at Spitalfields City Farm, March 12 2013

[From George, also here] As part of the Connected Communities Programme showcase in London last week, there was a community gardening event, the key contribution of the Community Gardening, Creativity and Everyday Culture project. Yes in snowy March, outdoors, with a bonfire and a barbecue, and (fortunately) a (heated) marquee. Read more

Q & A panel at Showcase