Stories and Ideas for a Changing World

Stories and Ideas for a Changing World

How do we begin to make sense of the ever-changing world we are living in? From the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change on our health, environment and fragile economies; to global poverty, growing inequalities and our increased reliance on technology: our own autonomy can often feel at the mercy of greater powers. In last year’s pivotal Climate Crisis discussion at the Book Festival, Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat reflected that ‘The most vulnerable people in the world have their fates tied to places, people and circumstances that are way beyond their control.’ But what – if anything – can be done to break those ties, and how do we work towards a safer, greener, more compassionate society in which wealth is distributed more equally? In this series we look at stories and ideas that offer positive prescriptions for a better future. 

 

Graeme Armstrong, Jenni Fagan & Caleb Femi: Take Your Place 

Saturday 14 August 13:00 - 14:00

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Since early 2020 our sense of home and our relationship to place has changed dramatically. Recurring lockdowns and ‘stay at home’ orders have seen people confined to their houses, flats and immediate local area. For some, discoveries of outdoor...
The pandemic has demolished global norms more emphatically than anything we have seen since the Second World War. But rather than simply hoping the world can bounce back, is there a chance for a more fundamental rethink? In The Corona Crash, economics...
 

Hans Ulrich Obrist: Art for Earth’s Sake

Saturday 14 August 19:00 - 20:00

What is the role of an art exhibition space, if not a forum for ideas and a catalyst for change? That’s the view of Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London and one of the world’s most prominent curators. An...
 

Opening Night: Culture in a Time of Crisis

Saturday 14 August 20:30 - 22:00

Who needs art when bombs are being dropped? Who needs culture when lives are being lost to poverty, disease, climate crisis and war? There's always a crisis somewhere on the planet, but this year it seems that devastating events have laid siege to a...
Julian Aguon has witnessed first-hand the impact of globalisation and colonialism on the island of Guam in the Western Pacific. In a bid to support the struggles of peoples across Oceania, the human rights lawyer has founded Blue Ocean Law, working at...
 

R-Words: Infectious Poetry for Everyone 

Wednesday 18 August 10:00 - 11:00

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As we navigate the pandemic we have all learned more medical terminology and nothing has been more important than the ‘R number’, explaining the rate of infection. Yet for writer and theatre director Ross Mackay, the R number is the inspiration...
 

Salman Rushdie with Allan Little: Standing in the Rubble of Truth

Friday 20 August 19:00 - 20:00

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World famous for his novels, Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen works of fiction including the Booker Prize-winning Midnight’s Children and his most recent book Quichotte, shortlisted for the Booker in 2019. Alongside his storytelling,...
 

Rachel Clarke, Gavin Francis & Kate Mosse: Care in the Time of COVID

Sunday 22 August 16:00 - 17:00

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To paraphrase Susan Sontag, every person who is born holds dual citizenship: in the kingdom of the well, and the kingdom of the sick. The past year has seen an unimaginable number of people pass between these two places causing an unquantifiable amount...
 

Marwa al-Sabouni & Annalee Newitz: Rebuilding Hope 

Sunday 22 August 17:15 - 18:15

When we think of the causes of war, architecture is perhaps not top of most people’s list. But for Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni, whose practice in Homs was blown up during the war, the design of our personal and communal spaces provides the...
With the ongoing climate emergency and the coronavirus pandemic coinciding, there are times when we humans might wonder whether it is too late. Too hard to challenge the system, too much of an imaginative stretch to believe things can improve: should we...

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