in the centre of Clerkenwell, 500 people will gather to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. This Alternative Celebration will recognise the importance of Magna Carta in curtailing the powers of the executive, but also challenge and appraise modern Britain’s attitude to civil liberties. There will be poets, writers, artists, social activists, MPs, human rights lawyers and dissidents – and where better for a Magna Carta celebration with teeth than Clerkenwell, London’s historic centre of dissent?
Confirmed speakers so far include Paul Mason, Zoe Williams, Kier Starmer QC, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Suzanne Moore, Tom Hunter, Bob and Roberta Smith and many others. We’re bringing together eclectic themes and audiences to explore Britishness and liberty in all its forms.
For more information, please visit the festival website.
Presented by 89up in partnership with Apples and Snakes, ARTICLE 19 and supported by Free Word.