UpRise is a new generation of a pro-equality and anti-discrimination movement, born out of the legacy of the Rise anti-racism festival.
UpRise is a FREE festival for the community put on by the community, quite literally. It is also a year-round campaign featuring debates, discussions, talks, publications and all manner of innovative events and activities.
So what’s the big idea?
UpRise aims to confront some uncomfortable truths that remain in our society. The world – through constant developments in mass communications – is getting smaller and smaller, with online communities on every subject known to exist. However we still face challenges of prejudice, ignorance and fear in today’s society due to the differences in ‘race’, customs or culture.
As our picture above shows, we believe that every person is as individual as a letter but is also part of a word, which is part of a chapter, which in turn is part of a story – the Human story. We believe that sharing our differences, as well as our commonalities, is what makes us the truly unique species that we are!
As an organisation we aim to;
- Celebrate the diversity, difference and the commonalities of our community
- Combat ignorance with education; communicating through the universal language of music and the arts
- Translate our ethos through formal and informal education by taking our UpRise educational workshop programme into schools, fields and anywhere where we’re welcome and not so welcome. We are conscious that we are tackling a real and serious issue that cannot be dealt with by a one-day festival.
- Provide both grass roots and mediated representation – Racism is an issue that cannot merely be swept under the carpet for the sake of a politically correct version of society that sounds good on TV programmes and News articles. Racism exists – maybe not in the overt ways of the past but the means and methods can never mask the purpose and affect. UpRise will keep the issue on the agenda; openly addressing the challenges we face while looking for solutions and educating to combat prejudice.