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The Politics Festival 2017

23–25 JUN 


The election is over. The debate isn’t. 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.

Win a year’s subscription to the i Paper! Competition closes 25 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 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

What Just Happened and What Happens Next? Gavin Esler discusses with Ian Birrell, Tim Montgomerie, Philip Collins & Ayesha Hazarika

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

After the most dramatic election result for decades, a panel of commentators seek to explain what happened, why they got it so wrong, and look ahead to the future. How long can Theresa May remain as Prime Minister? Will there be an early election? Will Jeremy Corbyn continue to surge? Is Brexit doomed?

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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. Are mainstream parties and candidates starting to fight back? With the German elections coming up, what is in store for Merkel? French politics is shaken. What can British moderates learn from Macron?

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Hall One

‘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

What Next for the Conservative Party? – Nicky Morgan, James Cleverly and Tim Montgomerie

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

After the dramatic election and a disappointing result, where next for the Conservative party? Are they still a One Nation party these days? What does that term mean now? Is the Prime Minister a One Nation Tory?

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Hall One

Politics and the Media: Head-to-Head with Robert Peston & Matthew d’Ancona

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

Robert Peston interviews Matthew d’Ancona, then Matthew d’Ancona interviews Robert Peston in a unique event. How did the media fail to spot the Corbyn effect? Can we trust them in future? Will they have to change the way they report?

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Hall Two

Michael Gove: My Life in Politics with Ian Birrell

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 7:30pm / Spoken Word

Back in the cabinet, Britain’s most controversial Conservative, 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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Hall Two

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians + Maverick Sabre, Eslam Jawaad & more

Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 10:00pm / Music, Spoken Word

The conflict in Syria caused many artists to leave their country. Last summer, 50 musicians and singers were reunited by Africa Express as the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians for a short European tour. For many, it was the first time they had seen each other since the outbreak of conflict six years ago.

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Hall One

Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All – Polly Toynbee & David Walker in conversation with Stewart Wood

Sunday, 25 June 2017 - 11:30am / Spoken Word

During this event, Polly Toynbee and David Walker will argue that there has been an ideological assault on the size and role of the state since 2010 by what they regard as a series of governments to the right of Margaret Thatcher.

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