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A Calais Icon at the Southbank – 11 August 2016
A Gleaming White Dome appeared on London's Southbank last week, bringing a rich mix of events to introduce and explore how the arts are of huge importance in bringing humanity to the difficult and often depressing realities of the life of the growing numbers of migrant refugees who are fleeing the terrors of oppression.
What was it doing there? ...More Information
Cycling for Pan - please help our pedal power – 10 August 2016
URGENT: Act now and sponsor our eleven brave Pan cyclists who will ride the 54 miles from London to Brighton (with some big hills!) to fund our valuable work for young people in need. You can help: £10, £20, £50 or more - it all helps.... ...More Information
NO to Racism – 30 June 2016
Pan is shocked at the outbreak of racist and xenophobic acts following the EU Referendum result and commits to redoubling its work to counter such behaviour and to support those affected by it. ...More Information
The Jungle Dies – Long Live the Jungle – 17 May 2016
Following Pan’ visits to the refugee camp in Calais to run drama workshops, we want to share some of the experiences of being an artist in the harsh and cruel squalor of the “Jungle”.
Amies Choir will Continue to Sing – 12 May 2016
Thank you to Youth Music for a three year grant for our wonderful project which gives female survivors of trafficking a chance to sing together, create together and rebuild their lives together.
Mark Armstrong's London Marathon success – 3 April 2016
All at Pan are hugely grateful for Mark Armstrong's athletic prowess and determination as he successfully completed the London Marathon raising £1,832.50 for Pan. ...More Information
Back from the Jungle - and Still There – 15 February 2016
We have returned from a week in Calais' ad hoc refugee camp - The Jungle - a week which has affected us all deeply.
We cannot communicate all the roller coaster emotions of being close to people in this traumatising situations, but we will share what we can.... ...More Information
Informed or Imprisoned? Keeping Young People Out of Prison – 1 February 2016
Pan is breaking new ground in its funding for a project to get our film “Joint Enterprise – know the facts” into schools and seen by at least 1000 targeted students.
We are appealing to all of you to give just a little through a Crowdfunder. Every £10 helps one more young person avoid imprisonment.
Into The Jungle – where the need is most urgent – 1 February 2016
Pan has been working with refugees and asylum seekers from across the world for over a decade. Our artists will be drawing on this experience to run a week’s residency in one of the most headlined and needy refugee camps – The Jungle. ...More Information
Pan's Christmas Art Auction – 6 December 2015
This was a first for Pan. A donation of fine artworks enabled us to host a wonderful evening at Pushkin House in London’s Bloomsbury. We had never organised an auction and were uncertain about how to make it work, but unceasing work from Pan staff, thorough background preparation from John Wallace, the chair of our Development Committee and advice from our “star” guest auctioneer, Adrian Bidell, gave us a winning formula. ...More Information
London Marathon Charity Place - running for Pan – 12 November 2015
Did you miss out on a place to run in the London Marathon this year? We have just one prized charity place to offer a runner/potential runner who would like to run for Pan. ...More Information
REFUGEES WELCOME HERE – 18 September 2015
Over the last decade hundreds of young refugees and asylum seekers have joined our arts for change groups to find ways of dealing with trauma and to discover new futures far from their first homes.
Pan continues to welcome refugees and urges governments and international bodies to deal with the current crisis at source, on the journeys and here on our threshold. ...More Information
A 13 year old change-maker – John introduces Lucas – 14 September 2015
The Maechler family lives just outside Zurich and has been close to me for many years.
They are a wonderful Anglo-Swiss mix, linguistically multi-faceted, and parents Philip (inventor) and Sonya (educationist) always discussing social issues (and much more) with their three children.
At Aidan, their youngest child’s christening friends were asked to donate towards Pan’s international post conflict work in Sri Lanka and now their oldest son, Lucas has delivered a great piece of fundraising for us.
We did it! – 9 September 2015
Nine cyclists, pedalling for Pan, covered 774 kilometres (between us) on a brilliant September Sunday to raise money for our charitable activities in arts for social change.
Pedal for Pan – 6 September 2015
Pan's participants and supporters (at least the fit ones) are cycling London to Brighton in September to raise money for all the great work featured on this website. You can cycle with us and increase the scope of our activities.
Join Sue, John and others to pedal through southern England and really feel how exhilarating (and tough) fundraising can be. ...More Information
The Bikers are Ready – 1 September 2015
it's next Sunday. Staff, friends and participants are in training for the London to Brighton 80k bike ride to raise money for our vital activities.
We need your help to make it happen. We'll pedal and sweat if you sponsor us.
Here's how......... ...More Information
World Theatre Day - Reflect – 27 March 2015
Work in Danger!
Many of us were wrong. We thought the world was slowly becoming more rational, more developed, more unified, more peaceful. Of course there were serious setbacks and exceptions but the route seemed to be headed in a positive direction. Yes, we thought, we will overcome the problems and the differences and yes, theatre was one of the tools we would use to empower people to grasp a better future. ...More Information
Juba Theatre - Big Dreams, Rocky Road – 16 February 2015
South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, still only four years old. It gained independence from Sudan after decades of war and, as an oil-rich country, seemed to have the elements in place for a bright new future.
Alas, it is not a place I am going to recommend that you visit, it is no holiday destination, and probably will not be for many, many years. ...More Information
Weapon of Choice wins Deutsche Bank Grant – 4 December 2014
We are delighted.
Born to Be: The Deutsche Bank's youth engagement programme has awarded Weapon of Choice £5,000 to deliver a residency to 20 young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education. ...More Information
Film for Social Change? – 13 October 2014
Film makers in Burma/Myanmar use film to try to move beyond communal violence with a beautiful, healing story.
Why did it cause such resentment? ...More Information
Education, Education, Education – 26 September 2014
A.D. BLOG MYANMAR
In Myanmar (Burma) many minds are turned to the question of implementing a good and universal education system.
The Forum Theatre company which Pan has worked with over the last three years comes from areas of real deprivation where many obstacles are in the path of education.
How did they deal with the issue..................? ...More Information
Reasons To Be Cheerful 123 – 11 September 2014
A.D. BLOG –
PAN AT WORK
PAN IN THE WORLD
(and respect to Ian Drury)
There are so many things that make the work at Pan worthwhile and the obstacles bearable, but three came together on one day last week. They all remind us of why we do this amazing work.
RADIO 4 CHARITY APPEAL – 3 August 2014
Juliet Stevenson's wonderful appeal aired on BBC Radio 4
for our Trafficked Women's project - AMIES
you can still hear it on www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dh2h0
you can still donate on http://goo.gl/e5gXuF
Lana is 23. She is from Albania and joined our Amies project just over a year ago. She came to us through a refuge for victims of trafficking and had only escaped her captors a few weeks before. ...More Information
New Project launches - the Amies Choir – 3 June 2014
June 3rd launched Pan's latest project - a singing and song creation group for former Victims of Trafficking. Singing for change builds on the success of last year's Praxamies choir. ...More Information
And our very special Radio 4 Appeal guest speaker will be...... – 23 May 2014
The wonderful and talented Juliet Stevenson, who has kindly offered her time to present our Radio 4 Appeal on August 17th. ...More Information
Making Theatre for Development in Peshawar, Pakistan. – 14 May 2014
It’s been nearly one year since Pan conducted the Training of Trainers in Bandaragama, Sri Lanka, for a mixed group of young leaders and NGO workers from Pakistan and Sri Lanka. ...More Information
95.8 Capital FM's Help a Capital Child awards Weapon of Choice 2 £1000! – 10 May 2014
Pan would like to extend a HUGE thank you to 95.8 Capital FM’s Help a Capital Child; they have awarded Pan £1000.00 towards our Weapon of Choice 2 project: Your Voice, Making Headway. ...More Information
#BringBackOurGirls – 8 May 2014
Hello – we wanted to share with you a newsletter written by one of our fantastic board members Jumoké Fashola, who recently wrote the following piece about the 200 + missing Nigerian school girls. ...More Information
Exciting News: Pan chosen for BBC Radio 4 Appeal – 24 April 2014
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been selected by BBC Radio 4 to host an appeal on 17th August 2014.
Poetry Time – 17 April 2014
Here is a beautiful poem written by our amazing volunteer Simona, who aside from helping us out at Pan, is currently undertaking an MA in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London. ...More Information
WOC performance tour – 18 March 2014
Congratulations WOC! On Sunday 9th and Monday 10th March, Weapon of Choice performed their latest, interactive, Forum theatre performance at the Roundhouse Studio theatre. ...More Information
How many years a slave? – 26 February 2014
The film world is agog with the success of 12 Years A Slave, rightly so as it is rare for mainstream cinema really to examine the institutionalised barbarism of cruelty that “we” (the civilised western world) perpetrated. It is uncomfortable, even if it all happened a long time ago and far away. ...More Information
Travel Stories for Travellers – 31 January 2014
Members of the Fortune (young adult refugee) group shared stories of Forced Journeys with travellers in the concourse of Kings Cross Station. Memorial day for holocausts and genocides ...More Information
National Poetry at Work Day – 14 January 2014
A short poem written by one of our inspired members of staff. We think it speaks about what we do at Pan and more importantly, about what we hope to achieve... ...More Information
Weapon of Choice has been awarded the BBC Performing Arts Fund! – 2 January 2014
Weapon of Choice will provide a bespoke training for junior artists thanks to the support of the BBC Performing Arts Fund.
Performances, tour dates and more soon to come!
Unravelling Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Unravelling? 2013 – 19 December 2013
Talking to tigers and taxi drivers, soldiers and social workers
A Hoop Too Far – 6 December 2013
Pan builds its projects from the ground up, developing projects that use arts for social change techniques to address the social needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to live more positive futures. ...More Information
Thank you to all our friends and supporters – 12 November 2013
And so it begins. We recently had one of two awareness raising events which saw some wonderful friends of Pan come together at the Groucho Club in central London, for a night of cocktails and conversation. ...More Information
Weapon of Choice: A testimonial we wanted to share... – 10 October 2013
Weapon of Choice delivered two workshops for young people at Sidings Youth Project. Our young facilitators enjoyed delivering the sessions and we are pleased to hear they, and staff at Sidings, enjoyed the sessions too! ...More Information