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Announcing Beth Knowles as With One Voice Chair

We’re delighted to announce Beth Knowles as the Chair of With One Voice.

After a degree in human geography, Beth worked for in international development for a variety of NGOs and trade unions including Oxfam, the British Red Cross and UNISON. She became Councillor for Manchester city centre in May 2014, focusing on issues surrounding homelessness, arts and culture, and improving public realm within the city.

Beth describes her involvement in With One Voice:

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Reflections from Bogotá

With One Voice Director Matt Peacock reports from the International Seminar on Music and Social Transformation in Colombia:

Delegates from around the world arrived in Bogotá on 3 October for the International Seminar on Music and Social Transformation – one of the biggest events of its kind in recent history, organised by the Batuta Foundation and British Council.

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With One Voice choir performance at Olympic torch relay in Rio

Breaking news! A With One Voice choir (based at the cathedral in Rio) performed at the start of the final day of the Olympic torch relay on Friday 5 August. We were delighted that 35 homeless performers sang as the torch started its journey through the city from the Christ the Redeemer statue on its way to the Maracana Stadium for the lighting of the caldron during the opening ceremony.

Watch a video of the performance on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/with1voice

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Matt Peacock's update from Rio

Between 18 and 25 July, With One Voice – together with People’s Palace Projects and supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch, British Council and Macquarie Group Foundation – delivered almost 40 workshops, pop-up performances and training events in Rio as part of the 2016 Cultural Olympiad.

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Watch now: With One Voice international arts and homelessness movement launch

Watch the launch of With One Voice as recorded in Rio!

The launch event featured local and international performances including a Rio choir performing on stilts, a dance work by Sokerissa from Tokyo, and a verbatim theatre piece directed by Marcus Faustini and performed by a Rio transgender homeless person. It also included a symbolic handover of the Olympic arts and homelessness ‘baton’ to Japan in preparation for Tokyo 2020.

Performances and speeches are mostly in Portuguese with some English translations.

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Jez Green on the Manchester Homeless Charter and going to Rio

By Jez Green, Facilitator of the Manchester Homelessness Charter

For the last eight years I’ve worked for Mustard Tree, a Manchester based charity committed to combating poverty and homelessness. Since November 2015 my time has been seconded to the city, to work across all sectors and to facilitate the work of the Manchester Homelessness Charter.

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Brazil-International exchange at the Rio 2016 Cultural Olympiad

For the third With One Voice exchange in Brazil (now widely known by its Portuguese name, Um Só Voz), we are bringing a delegation of 17 practitioners, people with experience of homelessness and policy-makers from around the world to Rio in July 2016 as part of the Rio 2016 Cultural Olympiad.

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Arts occupation and launch of international arts and homelessness movement

Matt Peacock, Director of With One Voice, talks about the third exchange in Brazil and the launch of the new movement.

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