Moving Roots

2020 -2023

Moving Roots is a three year project working with producers in Wigan, Peterborough, Medway, and East Cardiff to deliver co-created projects to generate positive social change. The project is devised and led by Battersea Arts Centre and is funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

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Project Details

We are very excited to announce that Medway’s Lyrici Arts is one of five nationwide partners on Battersea Arts Centre’s Moving Roots Touring Network.



Exploring the ethos of co-creation and agency through the use of the arts Moving Roots will run from 2020-23 working closely with Medway residents. The project will have touring and live performance at its heart and will be a vehicle for local people to engage and create within their community. Collaborative areas of work include UK touring shows, job opportunities within the creative team, steering the project and making creative decisions, and more.

We are in the process of recuiting a Sounding Board for the project who are based in or connected to Medway. Their expertise and opinions will prove valuable in shaping this project over the next few years. We will also recruit a local facilitator every year to work on the touring show, to create a legacy project and to gain skills from the process.

What is Co-creation?

Co-creation delegates leadership to participants and invites a wider range of voices, encouraging dialogue that continues beyond the immediate life of the project itself. It challenges hierarchies and gives people agency to shape the project, be the author of their stories, and make what they want to see in their hometown. The project works with artists as visionaries, skilled communicators and social provocateurs.

Our Manifesto:

We will not use jargon, and make sure language and process is clear and demystified.
The work will celebrate the people and place.
We must be receptive to gifts.
The work must be artistically excellent.
“Not about us, without us”.
The project will encourage people to be more active in their own lives/ community.
The project will enable people to blow up old narratives & practice new ones
Where possible, support the onward progression of people; take them beyond volunteering and give access to paid work.
Dig deeper.

The project will make people feel differently.

Lyrici Arts previously ran Paint The Town Festival for Medway from 2016- 2019 as part of Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘Collaborative Touring Network.’ In partnership with nine regional partners the project reached audiences of 50,000 people, many of whom were new to the arts.



“It isn’t about organisations ‘reaching out’ to people in underserved communities – it’s about bringing people together for a common creative purpose, as equal partners, as joint collaborators, as ‘co-creators’ in the deepest sense of the term. These ambitious new partnerships and ways of working have a simple idea at their heart: that it is possible for us all to achieve a fairer, more inclusive and more vibrant cultural future.”

Tarek Iskander, Artistic Director & CEO, Battersea Arts Centre


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current projects

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Season One: Rent Party 2021

Lyrici Arts and British choreographer Darren Pritchard are creating a digital theatrical show in Medway this summer! Featuring talent from Medway, and inspired by the style of rent parties, the co-created show will highlight local voices, hidden stories and fierce talent.

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