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Open Space, Pune, invites applications for the Open Space Fellowships 2011-2012.

Open Space, the civil society and youth outreach programme of  the Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS), Pune, engages with citizens – especially young citizens -- on contemporary social, economic and cultural issues through film screenings, performances, literary readings, music concerts, art, storytelling, capacity-building workshops, discussion and study forums, public lectures, youth festivals and campaigns.  Open Space aims to be a vibrant place for youth to volunteer, learn, share ideas, and express themselves. Equally, Open Space supports CSOs and citizens to take their work/ideas/processes to a wide audience of concerned citizens, and also to build action networks.

The Q Fest arose out of a need to understand queer identity as it existed in Pune. The two day festival aimed at fostering a better understanding of identity, sexuality,and gender within the larger context of the LGBT community both within India and outside.

Festivals and campaigns

September 25-October 2: Pune Tree Fest
Open Space convened and coordinated a weeklong celebration of nature though art, poetry, music and activism, with participation from diverse groups of activists, schools, green campaign, Pune Municipal Corporation and Pune real estate developers. Over 300 2nd year BCom students of Symbiosis College who signed up as volunteers for the Tree Fest.

October 20: Nero’s Guests: Screening and interaction with P Sainath

Magsasay award-winning journalist P.Sainath interacted with students after a screening of the film Nero's Guests.

October 5: Inaugural lecture in the series on Keeping The Peace

Keeping The Peace is a series of lectures that will explore the culture and practice of Conflict Transformation and Peace Building.

June 12: Our Right to Live Without Fear In the backdrop of recent violent attacks on women in Pune city, Open Space and the Pune branch of Network of Women in Media, Aayam, organised a panel discussion at Symbiosis Vishwabhavan on violence against women.

June 30 and July 14: Reading India
Rakesh Ganguli of Open Space took two sessions introducing issues related to equitable development in India for international students of the Mahindra United World College’s summer exposure programmes.

June 8-12: Creative Non-fiction Masterclass

A workshop that looked at the genres of Non-Fiction, from meoirs to blogs.

July 24/25: Spoken Poetry with Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is the young co-founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, which takes Spoken Verse into the classroom.

October 30: Presentation and talk by contemporary dancer Hrishikesh Pawar

What is Contemporary Dance? How has it evolved?

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About Open Space

Open Space is a social network for young people interested in exploring and building a more equal, sustainable and inclusive world. OS is a forum for new ideas, expression, dialogues and learning on issues that concern young adults and their future. Share your views, articles, films and creative expressions on OS, and participate in our programmes. Open Space is an initiative of the Centre for Communication and Development Studies, which also manages India’s leading resource base on social justice and development issues www.infochangeindia.org.

Centre for Communication and Development Studies
Flat No, B-202
Collina Casa (B Wing)
Near Mount carmel school
Pune – 411040
Phone No: - 020-8055342047

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