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What great stuff is happening in the North of England now, who is doing it, and how can more of it happen?

HannaH is a festival happening in Leeds, June 13th to 15th 2013.

Then in Newcastle 2014, and Sheffield and Doncaster in 2015.

Hannah festival asks three questions

What great stuff is happening in the North of England now?

Who is doing it?

How can more of it happen?

Great stuff happening now

It's great stuff like the Small Cinema at the Miners Arts and Music Centre in Manchester.

The Arts and Music Centre is a former bath house and social club for coal miners. The building was derelict till a group of local artists repaired it and opened it as an arts and music centre in 2011.

Part of the building was still not being used, so last year they started working with the Small Cinema project from Liverpool, and together they decided to build their own cinema.

More than 60 people helped to turn this:

Before work on the Small Cinema started.
Before work on the Small Cinema started.

into this

The Small Cinema ready to open.
The Small Cinema ready to open.

The cinema opened in October last year, and they've been showing films regularly ever since, everything from experimental music videos to mountaineering films and late night horror shows.

It's a brilliant project, and a great thing happening in the North now.

HannaH festival looks for things like that in any field - in music, art, new kinds of social organisation, new businesses, new scientific inventions or anything else. But how can we find them? 

Who is doing it?

Easy, we just ask the people living and working in the North of England now.

They know what is happening, and they know who is doing it.

In the first year, that will start with people in Leeds.

They'll create the events they want to put on, making connections between people and places in the North and internationally.

We've already got some great things lined up this way for HannaH festival.

We'll have a family event about robots; there will be an all day acoustic music event inspired by rebellion; a film screening organised by artists from Leeds and Berlin about the suffragettes and the birth of cinema, and a walkshop - a cross between a walk and a workshop - about technology in the city.

We'll be taking over an empty shop for a week to turn into a gallery selling hand made products from across the North.

And there is lots more still to come.

So it will be the expertise and enthusiasm of people living and working in the north that will discover new things this year and every year.

And the third question HannaH asks is how can more of it happen?

How can more happen?

By sharing.

Sharing skills, inspiration, and new kinds of knowledge.

Everything I've learned from doing arts and technology projects, making mistakes and learning from them, tells me this is how new things happen: by people getting inspired by each other's work, and people with different kinds of knowledge coming together.

I've been to some brilliant festivals and conferences like that, and the kind of energy they can produce is amazing. A good festival can power people's heads for years.

But that has to start from people living and working here in the North, and then connect outwards internationally.

That's all HannaH is - it's one kind of space for sharing and connecting.

Being part of the festival

This Kickstarter is for the practical, behind the scenes things that are needed to make a festival.

All of the people who are curating events this year are doing so without being paid.

The money I'm hoping to raise is to cover things like a sound system for the music events, a projector for artists film screenings, a really well designed printed programme.

Having a little bit of money means that, for example, I can get printing sorted in one phone call and cross it off the "to do" list.

My worry is that without any money, I'm going to spend so much time negotiating things for free that I don't have time to focus on doing justice to everyone's hard work.

So I'll end up messing up on things like organising volunteers to run the shop, just through lack of hours in the day and lack of head space.

That's why I'm asking help to cover those practical things that tie a festival together.

Thank you - a limited edition print

As a thank you if you support the festival with £20 or more you'll have something wonderful. A limited edition print designed and made by the Print Project in Bradford.

Print Project make lovely typographic designs, and they print them on old, analogue printing presses, powered by hand, foot and eye.

The Print Project
The Print Project
"Powered by hand, foot and eye."
"Powered by hand, foot and eye."

Each of the 100 backers will be getting something that is made with love and craft, that is hand made and unique from start to finish.

There will only be 100 prints available and no more.

You might still have two more questions?

Why am I organising this, and why is it called HannaH?

Why am I organising this?

I've learned so much from and owe so much to people living and working in the North. People like Peter Sansom at the Poetry Business and Lisa Roberts who I used to work with at Blink.

I want to make a contribution to somewhere that has given me so much.

And it feels like we are in a very exciting moment when everything is up for grabs.

The North has changed.

But change isn't only a bad thing. It opens up new possibilities.

Now we can make our North of England into anything we want it to be.

It's up to us.

We just have to say we are going to do it, and then do it.

But I don't think that people and places in the North can do that only working by themselves, I think there has to be talking, sharing and cooperating.

That happens all the time anyway, and a festival is a great way of doing more.

If we talk, share and cooperate, then all of the fantastic places in the North can keep their own identity, which is really important.

And at the same time they can become more than the sum of the parts.

And you might still be wondering why this festival is called Hannah?

It's named after Hannah Mitchell, who was a suffragette and rebel.

Hannah Mitchell, suffragette and rebel
Hannah Mitchell, suffragette and rebel

She was a very active and bold suffragette, and she was put in Strangeways prison in Manchester during the fight for votes for women.

She started her working life at 14 as a dress maker, and became a local councillor and a magistrate.

While she was a councillor she faught to get a wash house opened in her neighbourhood to make women's lives easier.

She loved parks and libraries, and she campaigned to get better facilities in them for mothers pushing prams.

Hannah Mitchell only had two weeks in school, but she always wanted to be a writer

Later in her life she wrote this excellent autobiography. It's a cracking read and I'd recommend it wherever you are in the world.

In her book, Hannah talks about why she was a lifelong campaigner for democracy and fairness.

This is what she said:

"We have enough imagination to visualise

the greater possibilities for beauty and culture

in a more justly ordered state."

I hope that is what the festival is about, imagining and doing things differently, together.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you can make it to Leeds in June :-)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

A small amount of money can be made to go a very long way.

Having a little bit of money means that, for example, I can get printing sorted in one phone call and cross it off the "to do" list.

My worry is that without any money at all, I'm going to spend so much time negotiating things for free that I don't have time to focus on doing justice to everyone's hard work.

So I'll end up messing up on things like organising volunteers to run the shop, just through lack of hours in the day and lack of head space.

The risk isn't that the festival won't happen, HannaH will happen in Leeds, June 12th-16th 2013, come what may.

The risk is that it will be a lot smaller than it could be, it won't have a coherent identity that ties events together, lots of great things will be missed, and the festival will be plagued by lots of small mistakes and glitches that come from having to organise everything for free.

I take full responsibility for the organisation of the festival. I know that the events people are planning will be brilliant, and anything that goes wrong with the organisation will be my fault.

It's my responsibility to do everything I can to make sure the festival does justice to its events, so I have to try and raise some money, and this Kickstarter, offering a smashing reward in fair exchange, is the best way to do that.

FAQ

  • All of the money raised by the Kickstarter will be going into the grass roots creative and cultural economy of the North, everything from hiring a projector from Lumen ( http://lumen.org.uk/ ) to printing done by Footprint workers coop ( http://www.footprinters.co.uk/colourriso.html ).

    All of the people organising events this year are doing so without being paid.

    I don’t like asking people who are already doing so much to do even more without a fair exchange, and my aim in future years is to raise enough sponsorship to pay artists properly and put substantial additional money into a sustainable ecology of grass roots activities. But this year I have to ask for more than I can give in return, or the festival won’t happen.

    If there is any money left over after the running costs, I'll talk to all the people who have organised events, and agree either a small payment as a "thank you" to those artists and organisers without regular, full time income, or a contribution to an arts organisation that is part of the creative infrastructure of the North.

    Many thanks again for your support :-)

    Andrew

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    As someone who contributes £20 or more, you'll have something wonderful in return. A limited edition print designed and made by the Print Project in Bradford. Print Project make lovely typographic designs, and they print them on old, analogue printing presses "powered by hand, foot and eye." Each of the 100 backers will get something made with love and craft, hand made and unique from start to finish. But it is a limited edition. There are only 100 available and no more.

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