Take Back Our World Festival is a refreshing opportunity to build campaigns from the grassroots. While mainstream festivals toe the line of corporate branding, lowest common denominator ticket-holder shepherding and heavy-handed security, the core ideologies behind Take Back Our World are of free thinking, radical ideas, and political and cultural collaboration across diverse participants.
Former Channel 4 News journo Paul Mason may be familiar to you for his broadcasting analysis and social media podcasts dissecting the economic double speak and rhetoric of austerity. After publishing his latest book, Postcapitalism: A Guide To Our Future, last year he threw in the impartiality towel to allow his true political voice to be heard, engaging more closely with leftist debate and joining many of others currently working in the freelance world.
Mason is this year’s big name speaker, joined by the likes of Green MEP Molly Scott Cato and climate campaigner Dorothy Guerrero. But the festival in itself is a forum for the voices of the many, rather than the few. As a platform for budding activism, its lengthy programme of workshops, discussions and talks covering everything from the housing crisis to TTIP are punctuated by live music and films, such as Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.
The trip down to north Devon has even been arranged for you by the organisers, Global Justice Now, with coaches from sunny Manchester destined directly for the ornate grounds of Tapeley Park stately home turned workers’ commune.
Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July, 2016
Weekend tickets including travel and camping are available from £40+bf from globaljustice.org.uk/TBOW-festival