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The Politics Festival 2017

23–25 JUN 


In the immediate aftermath of the general election and on the first anniversary of the historic Brexit referendum, Kings Place launches the first UK-wide Politics Festival – a weekend of pro-politics talks, debates, discussions and plenty of politics-related entertainment.

Political with a small p, non-partisan, non-traditional, and aimed at a wide range of ages and political persuasions.

Enter our competition to win a year’s subscription to the i Paper! Competition closes 15 Jun 2017.

The Politics Festival is produced and presented by Kings Place Music Foundation in association with Ian Birrell and Steve Richards.

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Hall One

John Bercow in conversation with Steve Richards

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 7:00pm / Spoken Word

The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, opens The Politics Festival. He will be in conversation with the political commentator and host of Rock‘n’Roll Politics, Steve Richards. There will also be a chance to ask questions.

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Hall Two

The Guilty Feminist Politics Special

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 7:00pm / Comedy, Spoken Word

Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White for her comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience.

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Hall One

Women in Politics: The Labour View – Harriet Harman in conversation with Kirsty Lang

Friday, 23 June 2017 - 9:30pm / Spoken Word

Harriet Harman is a solicitor and member of the Labour Party serving as MP for Camberwell and Peckham since 1997. Kirsty Lang is a presenter of Radio 4’s flagship arts programme, Front Row. She is an experienced journalist and broadcaster with a special interest in foreign affairs and culture.

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Hall Two

Political Cartoons with Steve Bell

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 12:00pm / Spoken Word

Award-winning cartoonist Steve Bell reveals the deep dark secrets of the world of political cartooning and his ongoing mission to tear holes in the clothing of the political establishment. Witness how he does it in a vividly illustrated political history of our times with accompanying voice and sound effects.

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Hall One

Breaking the Mould: Are We All in the Wrong Party? – Tim Montgomerie, Philip Collins & Ayesha Hazarika

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 1:00pm / Spoken Word

Amid rumours of Labour splits and centrist realignment, two prominent commentators who have previously worked in senior political roles ask whether Britain needs a major re-alignment of the parties. After all, what really unites David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith, or Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Blair beyond tribal traditions?

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Hall Two

Europe and the Rise of Populism

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 2:30pm / Spoken Word

The populists are on the march-Brexit, Trump and the rise of right-wing parties in Europe suggest a pattern might be forming, the end of a more liberal and open era and the start of one that is more closed and nationalistic. Join Steve Richards, author of the Rise of the Outsiders, in conversation with the writer and journalist, Agnes Poirier and Stefanie Bolzen, the London correspondent of Die Welt.

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‘Brexit’ – Nick Clegg in conversation with Ian Birrell

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 3:30pm / Spoken Word

He has been Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Deputy Prime Minister and now seems among the most active opponents of Brexit. Nick Clegg joins us for a one-to-one discussion touching on some of the biggest themes of politics.

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Hall Two

One Nation Conservatism in an Age of Brexit with Nicky Morgan, James Cleverly and Tim Montgomerie

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 5:00pm / Spoken Word

Given the polls and state of the opposition, most commentators assume the Conservatives will be in power for at least a decade. But are they still a One Nation party these days? Three of the liveliest Tory voices, hailing from different parts of the party, debate the shape of Modern Conservatism in this fascinating and important discussion.

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Michael Gove: My Life in Politics with Ian Birrell

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 6:00pm / Spoken Word

Possibly the most controversial Conservative in the country, Michael Gove discusses his time as a cabinet minister plus his leading role in the Brexit campaign and subsequent events.

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Hall One

Owen Jones in conversation

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 8:30pm / Spoken Word

Owen Jones is a commentator and political activist, and the author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class and The Establishment – And How They Get Away With It.

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