University to host virtual event for national humanities festival
As part of the Being Human festival, LBU will host Saving Anksi – an immersive online adventure which explores eco-literacy and the joy of wellbeing associated with ‘making’ creatively together.
This will involve becoming a story rebel and following the story guides across three different lands making stories and fictional histories together along the way using music, words, images, objects and materials.
The Saving Anksi adventure will engage with the public by co-constructing narratives, creating spaces for imaginary communities and the exploration of social problems with children in the fiction.
Lisa Stephenson, Course Director in Drama and Creative Writing in Education at the Carnegie School of Education is the Project Lead for Saving Anksi and the Director of Story Makers Company.
She said: “Together within the fiction we negotiate different places and alternative ways of being which matter to us. We ‘live through’ these experiences in playful, felt, everyday ways.
"Within the fiction, we all affect and are affected by the actions of each other. What happens to you, happens to me. It is the rehearsal of global citizenship, activism and hope – a fictional home.
“As part of the ten-day national programme of big ideas, big debates and engaging activities for all ages, the event aims to champion the excellence of humanities research in West Yorkshire.
"It also aims to help to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of this today and showcase how the humanities help us understand ourselves, our relationships with others and the challenges we face in a changing world.”
The festival runs from 12 to 22 November and the LBU event will be held on Wednesday, 18 November from 4pm until 6pm.
The 2020 Being Human festival is themed around ‘New Worlds’. The programme aims to be exciting, entertaining and thought-provoking, with something for everyone.