Dying to Talk Festivals of the Dead: Bradford and Wolverhampton
The Dying to Talk project will host Festivals of the Dead in Bradford and Wolverhampton this coming November. The festivals will showcase the resources co-produced by young people to open up conversation around death, dying, and bereavement.
We are inviting participation from schools in the Bradford and Wolverhampton areas. Our age range is between 12-19 years, and there will be a range of activities for all students to participate in. The festivals are inspired by the Día de los Muertos, the Mexican festival which celebrates life and death.
Sessions as part of the festival are in 2-hour slots (either between 10am – 12pm, or between 1pm – 3pm)– you can book a slot to attend with your class – we can provide transport and we will be providing refreshments for attendees. In Bradford, the event will be held at the University of Bradford on Tuesday the 2nd of November, and the event in Wolverhampton will be held on Thursday the 9th of November at the University of Wolverhampton.
Why get your class involved?
The festivals are a great opportunity for students to learn about other cultures and religions, particularly how they deal with death and dying. In talking about death in an accessible manner, students have the opportunity to become resilient in talking about such difficult topics. The resources are developed with young people for young people – talking about death doesn’t have to be morbid, and these resources will help illustrate just that. There will be a host of activities for school groups on the day, including coffin making, cremation ‘tattoos’, exhibits, and much more. The festival will include a lot of topics relevant to many school subjects – including history, archaeology, art, photography, and psychology.
How do I get my school involved?
You can contact us to book a place via email. Let us know your school location and numbers.
Dying Matters Week: Death Cafés
As part of Dying Matters week (week starting the 10th of May), the Dying to Talk project and Dignital are hosting two Death Cafes.
Death Cafes are not meant to be morbid- they provide a space for talking about taboo topics related to death and dying, which is more important than ever given the current climate.
These events are not intended as a form of therapy, they are a relaxed space to chat about a topic many often shy away from.
If you are interested in joining one or both of the online events, you can book a space here:
10th May at 5.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-death-cafe-tickets-152507874157
12th May at 12.30pm: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-death-cafe-tickets-152661634057
Both events are free to join, but unfortunately you will have to provide your own tea and cake 🙂
More info on Death Cafes can be found here: https://deathcafe.com/