speakers’ forum & radical cinema

Occupying a corner of the Campaigns Field, near the Co-operators’ Camp, The Forum is a platform for radical thinkers, activists and academics. We hope you learn something new, enjoy a debate, find inspiration to take action…

Speakers will include:

Alice Swift on the Ende Gelände (Here and No Further) movement that has mobilised thousands to take direct action against coal infrastructure.

Kristina Harrison: feminist transwoman speaks on balancing rights and developing healthy ways to talk about sex and gender identity.

Rashid Nix: Green Party deputy leader candidate on UK cannabis policy.

Jamie Kelsey Fry of New Internationalist on the global movement towards new forms of democracy reclaiming power for the 99% (Fri) plus how activists can make the most of mainstream and indy media (Sat).

Reclaim the Power on campaigning and direct action against the government’s plan to go full steam ahead with fracking across the UK.

Jack Monroe, food writer, on poverty issues and hunger relief.

David Taylor, curator of green-history.co.uk and longterm Green Party member, with a provocative big picture critique of the Green Party.

Tom Fowler and Carolyn Wilson explain how and why those spied on by undercover police are involved in the Undercover Police Public Inquiry.

Steve Hynd: how global money men have undermined democracy.

Plastic Free Towns Panel: activists from Chepstow and Frome share experiences of going #plasticfree.

The Rising Up network organises civil disobedience, uses direct action to bring about system change, expects nonviolent rebellion this autumn.

Seize the Day: sharing the stories behind their empowering songs and discussing the convergence of music and politics.

Dave Randall, musician and activist, has toured with Faithless, Dido, Sinead O’Connor and more. He’ll talk on raves, riots and revolution.

Des Kay on the 911 Truth petition to New York’s Supreme Court.

Paul Allen (Centre of Alternative Technology) on how we already have the tools and tech needed to slash carbon output and meet the Paris Climate Agreement; the barriers are economic, political and cultural.

Hector Christie and Gerald Miles, longterm foes of GM crops and glyphosate, on the battle between multinationals and environmentalists.

Simon Fairlie, editor of The Land, launches the NEW Rural Planning Handbook, bible for low impact developers.

Tamasin Cave (Spinwatch; co-author of A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism & Broken Politics in Britain) and Caroline Molloy (Our NHS/ openDemocracy, Stroud Against the Cuts) on the truth of the NHS crisis.

Molly Scott Cato MEP on Brexit and beyond.

Pete Linnell brings a historical overview of the Welsh One Planet policy.

Full GG 2018 Programme HERE

And not forgetting Brixton Tea Party who’ll be serving teas, coffees and flapjack throughout!

Thank you to all the speakers. We hope you find inspiration to take action from these talks.

RADICAL CINEMA with REEL NEWS

THURSDAY

7pm: What About the Nukiller Waste?

Slideshow and discussion with world renowned atomic photographer Robert Del Tredici (organised by South West Against Nuclear aka SWAN).

9pm: Reel News: Pick of the past 12 months… Including the extraordinary events around the independence referendum and general strike in Catalonia, a new global network to fight aviation expansion, the Bonn climate talks, and Ende Gelande’s direct action against coal.

FRIDAY

7pm: SpyCops: Zoe Young, a core participant in the inquiry into undercover policing, talks and shows films on the subject.

9pm: Power Trip: Fracking in the UK (Undercurrents): On the frontlines of UK resistance to fracking, as grandmothers team up with younger activists to shut down Cuadrilla’s drilling sites. With Q&A.

SATURDAY

7pm: Land and Freedom (Reel News): Militant Andalucian trade union occupies a farm – using it to grow food and create jobs and homes.

7:30pm: Land of Promise: Guest readers and musicians journey through three and a half centuries of radical thought, writing and song about the connections between art, social justice and our living environment – from the diggers to the eco neighbourhoods of Freiburg and radical interventions in cities around the world.

9pm: Green Gathering and Glastonbury in the 1980s: David Taylor shows rarely-seen films of festivals from the 1980s, including The Green Gathering, Green Fields at Glastonbury, and Molesworth Rainbow Village.

SUNDAY

7pm: Punishment Park (Peter Watkins 1971): Still banned in the US, Watkins’ pseudo-documentary imagines the US as a fascist police state where all dissent is crushed, and suspected subversives are forced to choose between prison sentences or a cat and mouse game.

9pm: American Climate Rebels (Reel News): despite Trump, Reel News found inspiring initiatives in the US – radical councils taking on oil giants; black revolutionaries implementing a visionary just transition programme; coal miners fighting for renewable energy; indigenous people continuing to block oil pipelines, and much more.

A big Thankyou to all our speakers, film makers & cinema curators!


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