This week is Global Sharing Week, and in Dudley we’re launching Share Fest. Featuring 35 opportunities for neighbours to share skills, ideas, knowledge and food through practical, enjoyable activities in the places they live, Share Fest projects will take place across 7 locations in Halesowen, Coseley and Dudley.
Global Sharing Week highlights the importance of community, cooperative enterprises, commons-based projects and building a healthy, sustainable society based around sharing. In 2017, Global Sharing Week is shifting the focus away from what’s wrong with the world, to what’s right with it: the sustainable economic system known as ‘the sharing economy’. This year’s theme is the social impact of sharing.
We’ve been exploring this through CoLab Dudley. Do Fest in March provided a taste of what’s possible over a jam-packed 3 days of projects taking place in Dudley town centre. Week to week these projects continue to bring people together to make, learn and share together. We are currently drawing together insights from the research we have been undertaking in relation to these projects over the last 5 months. Creative spaces, connectivity and collective resourcefulness are among the themes emerging.
Share Fest was created to help catalyse practical projects in other parts of the borough, and provides a launchpad for some projects new to Dudley borough. 60 local people have been involved in the co-design of the 35 activities which feature in the Share Fest programme. Read on for a flavour of ways you can get sharing with your neighbours in Halesowen, Dudley and Coseley.
In just 3 weeks, 25 people who live and work in Halesowen have catalysed 4 sharing projects which start during Share Fest. Local residents Ian and Dan invite you to explore Halesowen’s shared spaces on a photo walk on Friday 9 June. Trade School Halesowen kicks off with 6 classes taking place from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 June including beading, printing, painting and stitching (classes listed here with Trade School Dudley classes). Incredible Edible, the food growing movement, has reached Halesowen. Fill a trug with veg to share at Huntingtree Park on Friday 16 June and create a Garden for Everyone outside local shops on Saturday 17 June – bring a spade! Then share a bit of well earned cake at a Great Get Together Afternoon Tea on Saturday 17 June.
Share Fest will see the launch of four projects new to Dudley: CollectiveCr8, a community-based arts collective exploring Black British arts; a Repair Cafe on Dudley High Street on Saturday 10 June; Open Project Night on Tuesday 13 June and Capture Club, which gets started with a photo walk on Friday 16 June. There are also opportunities to share art, lunch, skills, and more through all sorts of sharing projects which are becoming a regular feature in the lives of people who live and work in Dudley.
Many Coseley residents are busy preparing for the annual Big Local Big Event on Saturday 17 June. But having inspired people at Do Fest with their Crafternoon, this weekly meet-up features in the Share Fest programme, along with two Sunday photo walks exploring great public spaces we share, from canals full of wildlife to kerbsides which local people are transforming into gardens full of flowers .