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Support the issue with dance
Image courtesy of Wendy McPhee, WaW Dance

1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

This Sunday at the Brisbane Powerhouse, all members of the community are invited to take part in Rise Up and Dance Brisbane!, a charity dance event forming part of the annual One Billion Rising movement to end violence against women.

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end domestic violence in human history. The campaign was launched on Valentine's Day 2012, and is a worldwide rallying call to reject and resist domestic violence through dance and solidarity. It is also a time to acknowledge the plight of survivors of domestic violence, and the ongoing support that they need. The ultimate aim of One Billion Rising is a world where domestic violence does not, will not and cannot exist.

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Image courtesy of One Billion Rising, New Delhi, India

Nia Australia together with Vulcana Women's Circus, WaW Dance and the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service will host this event, comprising a community dance jam, flashmob performance and a keynote address by Shannon Fentiman, the Minister for Prevention of Domestic & Family Violence.

A dance jam is the same concept as jamming with fellow musicians; everybody participates and the music is truly organic and unpredictable. The more people taking part and contributing to the dance jam, the stronger and more effective it will be. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary.

Entry to the dance jam is by donation, to raise much needed funds for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service.

Rise Up & Dance Brisbane! is described by the organisers as "participatory, it is a fundraiser, it is an awareness-raising event, it is serious, and it is also celebratory and fun. It's a rallying call to continued action".

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Image courtesy of Wendy McPhee, WaW Dance

Program @ Stores Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse

2pm: Flashmob rehearsal with Vulcana and WAW Dance

3pm : Community Dance Jam and Fundraiser for BDVS with Nia Australia Program @ the Performance Lawn, Brisbane Powerhouse

Program @ Performance Lawn, Brisbane Powerhouse

4.05pm: Flashmob performance

4.15pm : Welcome to Country 4.20pm : Address by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic & Family Violence, and Belinda Cox, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service

4.35pm : Free dance, including audience participation
5pm : Event close

All individuals and organisations collaborating for this event are donating time, talent, joy, life-force, passion, space and love to rise in solidarity against the exploitation of women and give back to the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service.

Nia Australia teaches a non-impact movement practice based on the idea that through movement we find health. Nia combines movements and philosophies from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Nia practice is done barefoot and set to diverse music from around the world.

Vulcana Women's Circus
grows strong women! Flexible and fun, challenging and definitely unique, they promote positive experiences of physicality and creative power.

WaW Dance offers mature women a safe place to come together and experience the joy of dance and healthy ageing.

Brisbane Domestic Violence Service
supports women, children, family members, same sex couples and others, providing a range of services, including information and referral, crisis support, practical assistance, advocacy, counselling and emotional support.

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Image courtesy of Nia Australia

Women and girls is an inclusive term reflecting all those who were assigned and/or identify as female

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Why? Dance to support the fight against domestic violence
When: 3pm-5pm
Phone: Ann Boon 0437 392 424 or Sophie Marsh 0431 484 054
Where: 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Cost: Entry to Dance Jam by donation ($20 suggested). Flashmob FREE
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