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Art For Social Change | How To Start A Revolution

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16:45 - 17:30
DeLaMar Theater (D8 Panel Room) | Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam

As ecologically-minded individuals, we’re constantly talking about change, and how we, both as a society and as individuals, need to take action to change the many global and societal issues that we are facing, from climate change to social injustice. Therefore it’s reasonable to say that that we take notice of the serious issues in our society. “But if you want change, get off your ass and do something,” as Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot says. In Art For Social Change, we focus on an artist that has given her life and art to attempt to change the world for the better. We already know that the music community has global reach and can unleash imagination and passion like few other industries. It produces role models, dreams and questions, which can, if properly harnessed, pave the way to a better future for all of us. With Art For Social Change, we engage with those who use their position to inspire and to ACT. Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist and a political activist. Most people know her from the infamous Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot. The group staged performances of provocative punk rock in unusual public places, which were edited into music videos and uploaded online. These events included themes like feminism, LGBTQI+ rights and opposing the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. The collective gained international attention when they were arrested in 2011 for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a Moscow Cathedral and were consequently sent to Russia's harshest prison for two years. The punishment did not silence Nadya. On the contrary. Based on her prison dairy, she wrote the book How To Start A Revolution, featuring two hundred tips for aspiring rebels. This August, Nadya successfully launched a Kickstart campaign to finance an immersive experience ‘to remind us what is worth fighting for’. The immersive theatre production will allow the audience to become participants, experiencing exactly what Pussy Riot went through during their imprisonment, from the original church performance, to the court trial and then to the prison cells. During this interview Nadya will talk about political activism and why art and music can play such an important role in fomenting real and lasting social change.

Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot, RU)
Political activist and conceptual artist

Moderator: Wiegertje Postma (Vice International, NL)

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