The heart of With One Voice is exchange – specifically bringing together artists who have experienced homelessness, arts practitioners and staff from arts/homelessness projects and homeless centres and policy makers. Exchanges involve visiting homelessness services and arts/homelessness projects, workshops, artist training, discussions and events.

Exchange Timetable (2016-20)

2016 (July) - exchange and events co-curated and produced by our partner People's Palace Projects during the Cultural Olympiad in Brazil involving representatives from the international sector including Choir with No Name, Cardboard Citizens, Streetwise Opera, Mustard Tree/Manchester Homeless Charter (UK), Milk Crate Theatre (Australia), Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (USA), Som da Rua (Portugal), Kamagasaki Arts University and Sokerissa (Japan), Rio homelessness choirs, City Council, Crescer e Viver, Pastoral, Rua Art, Museum of Tomorrow, Bilbiloteque Parque, Plinio Marcus Hostel, Emaus, Agencia (Brazil). 

The week was based around an arts and homelessness ‘Occupation’ of Rio in order to give homeless people visibility and dignity. Each day saw training workshops, meetings and performances happening in homeless centres and public spaces around the city. The week ended with a performance of choirs, theatre and dance given by the whole group on 23 July in ‘Celebra’, the Rio 2016 Cultural Olympiad. This event included a symbolic handover to the homeless people of Japan and the launch of the With One Voice movement.

A full report on the week's activities and occupation programme available to download below.

2017 – exchange in USA/Canada between projects and the international community.

2018 – exchange and summit in UK gathering together members of the international community.

2019 and 2020 – exchanges in Japan between local projects and the international community.

How we select delegates for exchanges

Before each set of exchanges, we undertake a Feasibility Study (see here to see the Brazil Feasibility Study) which establishes the need for an exchange in consultation with members of the homeless community, NGOs and civic and civil society. This determines the kind of projects the host country is interested in exchanging with and which would be most beneficial for all. This process is overseen by the Steering Group.

We may also be able to support exchanges through our Incubation Fund.