Here is the draft programme for the Huddersfield Luddites200 Festival on April 27th -29th. As you’ll see we have a terrific line-up and a very varied programme, with something for everybody, including children. Please help us make the festival as successful as possible by forwarding this message to friends, colleagues and groups that will be interested.
Highlights of the festival include:
SHOWS. Amongst Those Dark Satanic Mills, The Noisy Frame.
MUSIC. Folk Song Session at The Albert Hotel, Evening Gig – Red Sky Coven (book now, tickets are going fast).
DAVE DOUGLAS & THEO SIMON. Were the Luddites Right?
POETRY. Open Mic & Competition Awards Ceremony hosted by Andy Croft.
FILMS. The Luddites and New Technology, Whose Progress?
DEBATES. Computers and the Internet: are they hurtful to Commonality?; Synthetic Biology & Geoengineering; Industrialism & Environmental Crisis.
Saturday afternoon will climax with a spectacular Luddite reenactment including frame smashing. There will also be exhibitions, hands-on spinning and weaving workshops, stalls and a guided walk on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there.
On the same weekend there will be events at the Colne Valley Museum, including re-enactments and demonstrations of spinning and weaving. See www.colnevalleymuseum.org.uk for more details.
#229 No Return to ‘Normal’ ● Sir David King blasts the government ● State power, policing and civil rights under Covid-19 ● Hope and determination in grassroots resistance ● Black liberation and Palestine ● The future of ‘live’ ● Pubs, patriotism and precarity ● Latest book reviews ● And much more!
And you choose how much to pay for your subscription...
Alethea Warrington describes how the fossil fuels industry hopes to change its image but not its practice
Ndella Diouf Paye writes about her experiences working as a carer for a private company
Politicians, the state, and the market have failed to come to terms with Covid-19. Can 'people power' navigate a way out of the crisis? K Biswas introduces the TNI Covid Capitalism Report
Oli Carter-Esdale explores the weaponisation of the pint and asks: where next for the hospitality sector?
Materially, the UK is not a nation – with fewer common experiences than ever before, from schools and policing to borders and governance – argue Medb MacDaibheid and Brian Christopher
While economic activity slowed down during the Covid-19 crisis, accumulation of wealth continues for capitalists at the cost of key workers’ health and wellbeing, writes Notes From Below