Champions Tale ~ A cross-cultural collaboration

For: BE United
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Organizer: Emma Quayle
Champions Tale ~ A cross-cultural collaboration (BE United)
of £600 goal
83% Complete
Raised by 11 donors

The Story

I'm excited to share with you a project I am a part of developing, ‘Champions Tale’, and to request your contributions in support of me fully and sustainably applying myself to it’s creation, heart, soul, and pocket!

Champions Tale is an exceptionally unique and invigorating show combining music and dance with interactive discussion; an innovative artform and cross-cultural collaboration allowing the lines between audiences and performers to become blurred and real learning and cross-cultural connection to occur.

Working in collaboration with Edinburgh based charity BE United; whose mission is to create greater understanding and trust between different cultures through music and dance, and The Champions; a South African multi-talented youth performing arts group, that passes messages of hope, unity and humanity to people through dance, African music and theatre, I will bring my learning and love of restorative communication practices, alongside my background in music and dance collaboration to devise and hold the discussion space, as well as supporting the performers to integrate their learning as we tour around Scotland, interacting with different audiences, over October and November 2017.

To support me to effectively be able to hold this space, in two weeks time I will travel to Durban, South Africa, to work with Be United, meet The Champions and get first hand experience of their lives and themes we will be working with during the tour.

Travel costs for this are currently coming out of my own pocket, and while I would love to be able to easily gift this to the project, in order for it to be truly sustainable for me, it would greatly support me to receive your help with raising these funds.

The amount I am looking to raise is £600 (Flights £540, Trains & Buses £60) 

As with all the work I do, it’s important to me that what I create mutually supports and is supported by community. For the past years many of you have supported me in various and creative ways with my training and exploring of ideas, and I’m excited to here bring you a concrete focus for this work - an opportunity to enter into live dialogue around the weaving together of our global community.

If you are moved, inspired, curious about what you’ve read here and would like to support this project, your contribution is one way in which to tangibly nurture its development and is very much appreciated.

Donations can be sent via this page, and also directly to:

Account: Nationwide ac~05090708 sc~070116

I will share tour dates and locations here as soon as they become available!

Thank you for your support!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 3, 2017


Posted on July 3, 2017

Wow! We're raised almost two thirds of my costs. Such a great surprise to come back to after being away from the internet these past weeks :) Thank you so much to everyone who's contributed! To anyone reading this who's wondering, absolutely there is still time to give if you're drawn to support in this way. I'd love to raise the full amount and anything you'd like to contribute is a massive help. 

We've spent the past two weeks with the Champions in their home township, Richmond Farm spending full days rehearsing and creating the dialogue space together. I'm super tired and very very happy and full of the joy of new friendships, shared experience and purpose of co-creating this restorative performance.

Tomorrow we fly back to Scotland where we'll be continuing preparations for the guys coming over in October. 

I will be posting more updates on my discoveries and experiences in South Africa on my blog over the next week of so, which can be followed at or on twitter @Gift_Listening

Look out also for details of performances and opportunities to take part online, wherever you are in the world.

Emma x

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