Local Cultures - A Symposium

9 June 2016


Venue: Poco Loco, 58-60 High St, Chatham ME4 4DS

Organiser: Medway Free Skool

Medway Free Skool is a new experiment in collaborative community education, inspired by the likes of Paulo Freire, Ivan Illich and Augusto Boal. It aims to create a non-hierarchical 'University' in the original sense, where there is a coming together of peers to share, learn and develop.

“Think globally, act locally” is a mantra of the early 21st century. But to what extent can the development of locally-based cultural activity have a wider impact? Is the “local artist” doomed to a parochial existence on the margins? Is it possible to create alternative cultural networks? At this symposium we’ll be exploring those questions through a mix of academic and cultural contributions, speed debating, and games. Participants merely need to bring along an enquiring mind, and a willingness to experiment.