Happy New Year! It’s been a warm winter and it is not something that would go unnoticed. Many of these global changes are visible and we cannot turn a blind eye on them. With Playback Theatre, I am sure a lot of you have been working on many exciting projects that would help be the change we want to be and raise awareness to many issues as we continue to open up an inclusive platform for everyone to be heard and witnessed.
My first two days of the new year was spent workshopping with my friends in Guangzhou, China on the topic of intercommunities conversation using Playback Theatre. As we explored our own limitations, we realised how important it is for us Playbackers to have a thorough inner conversation before we leap to listen and reenact other people’s stories. The many topics we were possibly having a conversation about would continue to manifest in our daily lives and hopefully will help shape a world that is full of genuine listening and dialogues, instead of parallel monologues that we are so used to in this electronic world. Therefore, I would like to remind you that our website now has this comment feature in our Feature Articles section that would allow more exchange and mutual influence through a more direct and open conversation. Simply login and click into the article you are interested in and start commenting!
For 2015, other than our international conference in July, the end of the year also brought together European Playbackers and Asian Pacific Playbackers in their respective regions. Exchange hubs have been held and there were questions and meaningful discussions that would be posted online soon as well. So keep an eye on it! We are also in the progress of talking about our next online Exchange Hub so we can keep the conversation and networking going.
A lot of changes have happened and please check out our all new Board here at http://www.iptn.info/?a=group&id=board_member to get to know more about us and we are always happy to set up Skype meetings to hear from you what your vision of the network is.
One more great news: we are happy to have a new regional representative to oversee the Mainland China region. I am thankful for Janet Zhang to help us connect with this area as the Playback community in China is growing bigger and stronger. Josephine Lin, who is our Asian Pacific regional representative will continue to serve members in Hong Kong, Taiwan and other Asian Pacific areas that don’t have their own representatives.
Once again, I would like to wish you a happy 2016 filled with difference voices leading to a more vibrant and inclusive Playback community. I look forward to more exchange and mutual influences happening on our website, facebook pages and offline gatherings.