Brave Academy is a common name for educational activities taking place during Brave Festival and Brave Kids. Sharing our knowledge has always been one of the most important goals for hosting the festival. That's why every year we try to include more and more initiatives focused around learning in our program.

Brave Academy is all about the educational activities, workshops and ecological integration.

The former means primarily conferences, co-organized with the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wroclaw, who has been accompanying Brave Festival since 2015. Researchers and practitioners discuss different matters, which are the main topics of each edition of our festival. This year they will be talking about different aspects of exclusions.

Workshops were a part of Brave Festival from the very start. However, this year we have more than ever. We invited artists, who will show how differently you can understand the body, movement and music, often using a cultural and traditional context of the areas they call home.

We develop integration projects primarily through "Brave Together - a creative, integrating project", which aims to include people with physical and intellectual disabilities in cultural activities.

Since 2015 we have been actively promoting eco-initiatives by planting trees in Wroclaw. Until now, with the help of residents of Wroclaw, who want to preserve the environment, we managed to plant over 5,000 trees.

We use Brave Academy to expand and strengthen our efforts within the framework of Brave Festival and Brave Kids. Thanks to them, we can change the space surrounding us.

Brave Workshops

During this year's Brave Academy || Workshops we will focus on ways through which you can build a sense of community on various levels, as well as discover your own identity through music, dance, and movement. The participants of Brave Academy will learn, among other things, how to more fully use the potential of their own bodies, also in the context of group work, and all to better understand their own selves.

Conference

Conferences, co-organized with the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wroclaw, have been a part of Brave Festival since 2015. Researchers and practitioners discuss different matters, which are the main topics of each edition of our festival. This year, over the two days preceding the festival, they will make the audience aware of the excluded members of society.

Disability, skin colour, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and identity, gender, religion, social origin, illness, poverty, language used - these are the most common causes of exclusion. Each of them includes many other characteristics because of which specific people and whole societies are discriminated against.

Every day members of another group are considered strangers. Society creates new means to let the excluded know that there is no place for them in “our” world. The very same means help create completely new exclusions.

There are different levels of discrimination: sanctioned by the law, originating from tradition, stemming from a lack of knowledge, unbound by borders and just local. What seems natural to us, a few hundred kilometres away can cause someone to be excluded from society. And vice versa, a difference that we feel fear and disgust towards, elsewhere may be the most ordinary thing in the world.

This and many other issues will be discussed during the two-day Brave Festival "Outcasts" conference.

Conference venue: Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław 36 Szewska street, room 208

Dates: 29-30 Jun 2016

Professor Valeria Campos Salvaterra, a philosopher at Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, will introduce us into the problem of exclusion in South America as seen from a rather unconventional point of view.

Professor Mirosław Kocur, a director, a theater theorist and historian, as well as the head of the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław, will discuss theatrical concepts of the excluded as exemplified by jesters, lunatics, fools and possessed characters.

Together with a number of his collaborators, Jacek Schindler, the founder of the Nowa Idea (New Idea) association, a member of Ashoka Innovators for the Public, as well as the author of publications on the theory of culture, ecology and activation processes, will talk about the clash of various points of view concerning migrants, refugees, minorities, foreigners and the other as observed in Wrocław.

Dr Dorota Koczanowicz, the author of publications on aesthetics, art and modern culture, as well as a prominent theorist of the art of eating, will give a talk about exclusion in the context of eating. She will also organize a special culinary event.

Katarzyna Jewtuch, a PhD student at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław, will address the problem of alienation in the context of those involved in the sex industry. Not only pornographic actresses, female directors and researchers, but also women unwittingly filmed during sex often face the problem of being excluded and discriminated against.

Magda Podsiadły, a journalist, traveler and PhD student at the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, will deliver a speech about certain Burkina Faso communities in which women are considered guilty of all sorts of misfortunes and accused of witchcraft. As a consequence, they are often sent into banishment or even sentenced to death.

Aleksandra Bednarska, a PhD student at the Institute of Cultural Studies at the University of Wrocław, will take a break from her many-months field research on spirit-possession cults in Kerala to participate in the conference and present the rather shocking stories of exclusion she has witnessed in India over the past months.

Brave Ecology

We want to have our say in what happens to the surrounding environment, hence the idea of planting trees in Wroclaw. The campaign began in 2015. In May and September we planted additional trees in the forest in Wroclaw Osobowice. In April 2016 we helped to plant a new forest on a ten-acre plot in Swiniary. With the support of many volunteers, corporations and local institutions we were able to plant approximately 4000 oaks, limes, elms and larches. Thanks to our commitment, we were invited to participate in the project "100 million trees by 2017", organized by the Finnish institution ENO Programme Association. In the coming years we will take care of the planted trees, so the next generation can enjoy them. Within the scope of the Brave Ecology project we also want to plant large trees in the centre of Wroclaw, all in order to strengthen the environmental awareness of citizens through building the green infrastructure of the city together, as well as to claim responsibility for shaping the environment we live in.

Brave Together

The intention of the Brave Together project, which started in April 2016, is the integration of people without and with disabilities through a series of photography and sound workshops. We want to facilitate the access of disabled people to culture, also through their active participation in the Brave Festival. Brave Together events will take place over a few months, which gives an opportunity for in-depth, real integration of all people involved (participants with and without disabilities, people conducting meetings, therapists, and volunteers), their cultural education, and a chance to work together to present the artistic results of the project in a show scheduled for October 2016. Brave Together is a multi-level initiative, ranging from the artistic activities of non-disabled and disabled people, through their active participation in culture, up to the possibility of presenting their acts in public.

The Human Library

We invite everyone to a space where there are no wrong questions, where everyone has a right to be who they are, where we get the courage to speak face to face with someone we don't know.

Now, maybe even more than before, we need space where we all can meet together, open up, listen, stay quiet, learn not to judge, to understand and to accept.

Event organised by Diversja Association and Brave Festival - Against Cultural Exile 2016 "Outcasts" give you a unique chance to meet the Human Books such as Atheist, Ex-Prisoner, Black Person, Deaf-blind Person, Refugee, Person on a wheel-chair, Jewish man.

Visit Impart on 2nd of July 2016 and give yourself a chance to open up on magnificent otherness which makes our world a more intriguing place.