Anne Pässil', Lappeenranta University of Technology

Anne Pässilä, PhD, is an applied theatre and drama practitioner and arts-based researcher working in a multidisciplinary research team in Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT Lahti. She is also visiting Research Fellow at University of Chester, UK and a member of Centre for Research in Education, Creativity, and the Arts through Practice (RECAP). Currently she working in The ARTSEQUAL research initiative. Anne´s work is linked to her previous research project on arts for transformation. The focus of Anne´s arts-based research is on the human potential and power of meaningful encounters where a broad participatory orientation is created in between actors in order to invite their experiences, needs, expertise and views in developing new ways of organizing

Heading: Presentation and workshop "PAUSE festival: against ignorance" (with Allan Owens)

Lenght: 30min + 1,5h

Introduction: Every generation has to define its understanding of democracy what it would look like and how it would feel to be in it. Pause Festival Lahti is an event staged to enable young people to imagine this. At its heart is a project of equality and equity. From the outset the assumption of the planning team was that the quality is not something to be worked towards but to be established from the outset. In concrete terms this meant that all the 10 professionals involved artists, educators, researchers bought what they bought to the space just as the young people bought themselves and their understandings to the space. What the professional team could offer was a set of arts-based pedagogical and artistic practices that would enable collective imagining of democratic forms of being. The festival asked the questions ‘What do you pause for in this life?’ and ‘what would you like to pause for?’ Fees directly challenge the authority of speed, ‘useful’ employment and valued ways of spending time in society, the authoritarianism of older generations.