This week Utopia Theatre are hosting an event that pioneers embracing love as a catalyst for change.

Bell Hooks, a renowned feminist author, emphasised the transformative power of love in her seminal work, “All About Love.” She argued that love, in its various forms, is not only crucial on personal and spiritual levels but also fundamental to driving social justice movements.

In response to this cultural shift, the Centre for Equity & Inclusion presents “Love & Social Justice,” an evening of thought-provoking discussions and captivating performances, to reignite the conversation around the significance of love in advancing social justice agendas.

This event will take place on Wednesday, April 24th, from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Utopia Theatre in Sheffield.

Their distinguished line-up of speakers and performers includes Tasnim Hassan, a PhD Researcher at Durham University, who will delve into the intersection of love and activism. Joining her is Danae Wellington, Sheffield’s Poet Laureate and Cultural Producer, who will share her insights on the transformative potential of love through artistic expression.

Ezimma Chigbo, Collective Care Facilitator at Act Build Change, will explore practical strategies for integrating love into our activism efforts. Additionally, the Sahba Daf Ensemble, accompanied by Yousef Sadat, will enchant the audience with mesmerising Persian music performances.

In addition to stimulating discussions and captivating performances, attendees are invited to partake in food and love bingo, fostering connections and community engagement. A detailed program will be shared closer to the event date.

“Love & Social Justice” is brought to you by the Centre for Equity & Inclusion, an organisation dedicated to providing support and opportunities for postgraduate researchers of colour at the University of Sheffield. Through collaborative efforts with local partners, the Centre aims to challenge systems of racial oppression within and beyond higher education.

Join the Centre for Equity & Inclusion on 24 April as they embrace love as a catalyst for positive change, fostering a more equitable and inclusive society for all. Together, let they hope ignite the flame of love and justice that burns within each of us, illuminating the path towards a brighter future.

Tickets for the event can be obtained here.

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