UCLan’s Creative Communities Group (CCG) are to host our city’s 4th One Billion Rising event; one of the biggest mass action events on the planet.

The aim of the global campaign is to highlight the one billion violent attacks that are made against women and children around the globe. Statistically, 1 in every three women, on the planet, will be attacked during their lifetime. Organisers also acknowledge that dancing is also an entertaining & fun way to get fit and healthy in the new year.

“We are hoping that we can make this year even bigger & better as we stand together against violence.” Nigel Farnworth, from the CCG, told Podio, “Last year’s dancers had a great afternoon as they learnt the routine, and many felt emotional afterwards because they had been through personal experiences of violence. Their contribution towards standing up & raising awareness felt like a step towards putting their past behind them.”

Like with previous years, the dance will be filmed with a five minute video clip submitted to the One Billion Rising website – alongside two hundred other countries including America, India & China.

“Now in its fourth year” explains Honorary Fellow at UCLan & CEO of the Creative Communities Group, Russell Hogarth, “One Billion Rising will attract visitors from across the community who will join the University staff and students on campus to dance, sing and stand together to demand an end to violence against women and girls. One Billion Rising invites people from all over the world to gather safely in places where they are entitled to justice such as court houses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings and places of worship.”

Dance instructor and World Salsa Dance Champion Phil Kaila and Salsa Northwest will lead the routine accompanied by live music.

The annual event, which started in 2012, will take place on Valentine’s Day, between 12 Midday and 2pm on Campus.

Let us know if you want to come along with Podio Magazine. Otherwise, to declare an interest email Nigel.


For more information about the CCG, visit their website

View last year’s video here