Formal partnership agreements
University of Plymouth
The Indra Congress and the University of Plymouth have a formal Memorandum of Agreement, which is a commitment to collaborate for mutual benefit. This involves looking for areas of overlapping interest and potential funding opportunities for shared activities and research projects. For the Indra Global Congress the university provided use of the new theatre building, The House, for the week of the event free of charge. The university also provides ongoing administrative support and advice.
Informal partners, links and friends
The University of Alberta
Diane Conrad and her colleagues Jan Selman and Jane Heather at the University of Alberta devised and submitted successfully to the university a proposal for a university, study abroad course based on the theme of drama and social justice. Their proposal was to use the Indra Congress, together with a sister organisation in Kenya, as a reference point for the course. This would mean a group of a dozen or so students being involved at the Congress in Derry in 2013 as both participants and support workers
The process was successful and set a precedent for how higher education institutions could become actively integrated into the wider Indra programme.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
The University of QwaZulu-Natal has been pro-actively involved with ARROW/Indra since the inception the programme in 2004. Mary Lange kick-started ARROW in South Africa as a grassroots, community and outreach project. It was always Mary’s intention that it would also facilitate related research projects. Consequently, ARROW South Africa/Indra projects have provided opportunities for teaching, learning, and research activities by secondary school learners and staff, international students from the UK, and postgraduate students from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The latter has helped to consolidate the central relationship between the programme and the university.
The Indra Congress 2018 is scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa hosted by ARROWSA and UKZN.
The University of Bethlehem
The University of Bethlehem works collaboratively with Al Harah, Indra’s core group in Beit Jala, the West Bank. Working with Al Harah The University has offered to host the 2016 Indra Global Congress with accompanying academic symposium and practitioner training.
The University of Santa Caterina, Brazil
Through the personality of Marcia Pompeo, who lectures at this Brazilian university and is Indra’s contact in the country, Indra has links with a range of youth and community organisations that collaborate with the university, and also with the nationwide Landless Movement in Brazil.
During the 2013 Derry Congress the University of Ulster hosted a day long symposium at the invitation of Dr Tom Maguire. Indra’s principal connection with the university is through Dr Matt Jennings, who was instrumental in introducing ARROW/Indra into Northern Ireland. Matt Jennings has been active in the network and attended its symposia and global congresses since 2007 .Matt works closely with Mary Duddy of First Act theatre, Indra’s core group in Derry.
Dr Matt Jennings
Liverpool Institute for Performance – LIPA
Brendon Burns, who lectures at LIPA, has been involved with ARROW/Indra symposia and related events over several years. LIPA was recently involved in a theatre project based in Athens, working closely with colleagues in the Greek Indra network.
i-DAT – The Institute of Digital Art and Technology
Dawn Melville, who has been centrally involved with ARROW/Indra since its inception, is Director of Operations for i-DAT, which is based at the University of Plymouth. I-DAT’s mission is to ‘co-create and share technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice’. Their role for the 2015 Congress in Plymouth was initially is to advise Indra on the identification and commissioning of an experienced digital artist to take the lead in the creation of virtual links and art material across geographical boundaries, which would enable young people in overseas Indra hubs participate in the events taking place at Plymouth.
Bechet secondary school, Durban
The initial ARROW programme in South Africa was based at Bechet School and ARROW SA still continues its regular activities based at the school.
Stoke Damerel Community College, Plymouth
Catrina Garrett is the head of drama at Stoke Damerel and the school has been closely involved with the programme for many years. The school provides an ongoing flow of young participants for the Plymouth Indra group, based at the city’s Barbican Theatre.
Study Hall Foundation SHEF), Lucknow, India
SHEF contributes towards the core work of Indra but is involved more widely through its extensive work in education and community activism. SHEF has also designed a new web-site for Indra.
The main aim of the Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF)is to work towards realising the constitutional injunction to provide good quality education to all children in India. It does so by establishing high quality primary, secondary and higher secondary schools in rural and urban settings all over India, by adopting and helping other schools, to achieve higher quality, by working with the State and Central Government and other NGO’s in the areas of curricular enrichment and reform, teacher education, research in innovative education. SHEF has a special focus on reaching underserved parts of the population, especially girls and children from low socio-economic backgrounds in rural and urban regions, children with special needs and adults deprived of an education due to their difficult economic and social circumstance.
The Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) is currently touching the lives of thousands of children and hundreds of teachers through its several institutions, programmess and interventions.
Other organisations, agencies and friends
The Anna Lindh Foundation
Indra is a UK member of the Anna Lindh UK network and has attended and contributed towards a number of conferences and training events. The Foundation funded the pioneering bi-lateral project involving young people in Derry and young people in Bethlehem collaborating together over a year long project.
Richard Shotton, UK co-ordinator
The Tavistock Quakers
The Quakers in Tavistock have been active supporters of the ARROW/Indra programme over many years, especially regarding our colleagues in Palestine. Quakers Maggi and Pete Squire have visited Marina Barham and the Al Harah theatre in Beit Jala and seen for themselves the realities of occupation in the West Bank
Email: Maggi Squire
Plymouth Culture Board
Plymouth culture Board is a partnership involving the University of Plymouth, key arts stakeholders in the city and Plymouth City Council. They have a particular interest in working with Indra to support the city’s aspiration to be outward looking and pro-active in setting up international initiatives.
Dominic Jinks, Executive Director