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Young People's Festival of Ideas: Body Politics: Ownership and Control of Your Body

Thursday 26 May 2016, 19:00 to 20:30 FREE for Under 25's

The first event of the third series will create a platform for young people to engage in debate and challenge ideas around issues that matter to them

Young People's Festival of Ideas is a series of debates on critical issues affecting young people today.

Body Politics: Ownership and Control of Your Body is the first event of our three-part 2016 series with an open panel and audience discussion.

We'll be kicking off with questions about self empowerment and society, addressing: How do you own your own body? Is sex work self empowerment?

Panel members include:


- Esme Worrell, intersectional feminist, stripper and artist working to educate and inform the public on issues surrounding feminism and sex-politics.


- Henry Poultney, a community development worker who has co-created schools based resources on trans education. He also leads the Freedom Youth project with Off the Record, Bristol, for LGBT+ young people and those questioning their sexuality, gender or both.


- Rosa Targett, campaigner against negative media representation of women, and researcher concerned with women's self-perceptions and the media, including issues of agency and empowerment.

The event will be chaired by Sian Norris, writer, feminist activist and founder and director of the Bristol Women's Literature Festival. Sian also runs blogsianandcrookedrib.blogspot.com.hat is the powerful body?

After the event the conversation will continue in Arnolfini's Café Bar.

“I feel the Young People’s Festival of Ideas events have really fulfilled our aim – to give young people a unique platform to share ideologies and philosophies, particularly amongst themselves as well as other generations. Not only has it been cathartic for me but I feel it has also been great for representing the diverse intellect of young people.” Emma Blake-Morsi, Young Arnolfini


Brought to you by an event partnership between Bristol Festival of Ideas, Rising Arts Agency, Salaam Shalom and Arnolfini. The event is open to all.

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