Two More Days of The World Transformed – The Festival So Far

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If you haven’t managed to get to one of the many political events being hosted in Brighton over this four day festival of contemporary thought and culture then you still have time.

Events continue up until Tuesday night with various focuses, with our special recommendations being given to a talk on society and automation entitled “The Future of Work”, a reflection on class and disaster called “On the Ground at Grenfell”, political film screenings at the Synergy Centre Arts Cafe titled “Revolution and Chill”, and an event focussing on the political potentiality of video games called “Playing with Politics: How Games Can Change the World”.

The Event has already been a success with queues winding their way around the buildings hosting them, with one frustrated ticket holder bemoaning the bitter-sweet success of the event, which although spreading messages of equality and respect and forwarding liberal, left-leaning causes, has been so sucessful that lots of those with tickets have missed out on being able to get inside popular events this year.

via: Banalities (flickr)
via: Banalities (flickr)

A talk at the Sallis Benny on technology, society, and politics that included David Harvey and Paul Mason, among a whole host of big names within the field, wzs so popular that queues stretched all the way along it’s glass facade, even though the event was already at capacity!

This is good news and bad news for those in attendance, who will surely be encouraged by the popularity of the event which suggests the burgeoning formidability of the movement that the festival represents, whilst this very surge in the movement’s following means that many events are oversubscribed and and many attendees are left discussing topics amongst themselves outside.

One attendee, who didn’t manage to get in to a talk on Saturday afternoon, expressed her conflicted feelings towards the situation:

“I love that there are so many like-minded people here set on developing a better future for Britain and discussing the issues that matter, but it’s a bit frustrating that the events I really wanted to go too were full by the time I arrived. Hopefully next year the venues will be a bit bigger so more people can get in and listen to the talks.”

Even if you don’t have a ticket for this year’s festival, there will be plenty of engaging chat in the streets and at bars in Brighton for the next two days so get out there and talk those in attendance if you’re interested in discussing the issues that contemporary Britain faces and how we, as a society, can make the future better and brighter for all.

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