Between the 8th - 10th of March Open Space and Youth For Change (CYDA) organized the Theatre of the Oppressed workshop with Tricia Wagner. Tricia has spent eight years working with the Seattle Public Theatre’s Theatre of Liberation Ensemble led by Marc Weinblatt.
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.