OUTRIGHT HEAD-ONISM! EXPAND YOUR MIND AT WILDERNESS WITH ‘SECRET FORUM’, ‘IDLER ACADEMY’ AND ‘NATURES’
The speakers’ villages plus a library, classroom and roaming activities come together to form Talks, Debates & Literary Arts’ - the ideas and enlightenment pillar of the festival
“The most cerebral festival I have ever been to” – New Scientist
April xx –The award winning Wilderness Festival hosted at Cornbury Park on 10-12th August, has today announced ‘Talks, Debates & Literary Arts’, a mind-stretching program of speakers bringing together a host of fascinating topics and sessions across the weekend.
Talks, Debates & Literary Arts, will be split over three tents hosted by The Secret Garden Party’s Secret Forum, Tom Hodgkinson’s Idler Academy and Natures, which will explore new ways of imagining the world. These will boast panel debates, lectures, symposiums, screenings, Q&A’s, readings, declamations and plenty more theatrical and literary happenings.
Speakers and workshop hosts will include the likes of Jamie Catto - Founder of Faithless and One Giant Leap producer, Aleks Krotoski - broadcaster & Guardian tech columnist and Dale Templar – BBC, Human Planet & Bear Grylls’ Wild Weekend producer. Robin Ince will also be on-site to provide comedy, and QI director of information John Mitchinson will be giving an insight into William Morris.
Intelligence Squared, The Royal Observatory, Earth Watch Institute and Guerilla Science are just a few of the partners involved.
The School of Life will be hosting a Sunday Sermon, as well as facilitating a menu of conversation for one of the festivals banquets; where participants will engage with each other throughout the night led by speaker Roman Krznaric.
Secret Forum will be facilitating classes on everything from how to stay sane to den building - workshops on happiness, creativity and storytelling - readings and performances on lakes and up trees, plus late-night ghost stories deep in the woods. There will be debates from Intelligence Squared, a live-link to the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars, and stargazing with the Royal Observatory along with late-night cabaret, comedy, poetry slams and exclusive film screenings.
The Idler Academy of Philosophy, Husbandry & Merriment’ was established by Tom Hodgkinson and Victoria Hull in order to bring high quality education to the people. The Idler invites people along to their tent to 'skill yourself up' with a weekend of inspiration and learning.
Other ways of imagining the world are dawning. New meanings are being created. Natures exists to bring these fringe flutterings into the mainstream. Natures explores the philosophy of science and sustainability. Through a diverse programme, it probes numerous ways we relate to and see nature, be they high tech or shamanic.
Natures is the thinking and feeling home for Wilderness audiences taking a psychedelic turn and those daring enough to envision other ways. You will find nothing like it this summer.
Visit www.wildernessfestival.com for further information.
Weekend Tickets Available from £129
Weekend Young Person (11-17 years) Tickets available for £54
Family Ticket available from £287
Deposit Ticket Scheme available
Children under 10 go free
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Secret Forum speakers & workshop leaders include:
Biology with Hugh Warwick
Wild running with Boff Whalley of Chumbawumba
Latin with Susanna Hislop
Mark Vernon with Ancient Philosophy classes
Lucy Cooke on the peculiar habits of the sloth
Ben Moor with Frisbee Tree Golf
Dan Kieran on Idle Travel
Matthew De Abaitua on the hidden history of camping
QI's John Mitchinson on William Morris
How to Write a Poem with Clare Pollard
Make & mend drop in workshop with Caterina Coates
Michael Tyack on Tudor and Medievel period
Will a 21st century renaissance marrying art and science shine light on intractable environmental challenges? What will happen when emergent technologies re-configure conceptual categories of what is living and what is not? What kind of sciences and ways of knowing the world will shape prosperous human societies now and in the future? Does science hold the answers to true sustainability and ultimately what language might describe the consciousness of a house cat?
Natures can confirm the RSA are bringing their events programme to Wilderness. Constructing a world class panel of fellows the RSA plans to host a discussion on themes pertaining to its strapline- 21st century enlightenment, asking how might be think different to live differently? The award winning Animate series will be shown throughout the weekend in the Natures tent with speakers along the Natures themes of the philosophy of science and sustainability.
Natures good friends Guerilla Science are hosting two brilliant surprising and weird sessions on art/science. By offering the unexpected, GS challenges negative misconceptions about science. Such as the common belief that it reduces life’s complexities into humdrum mundanities – or, worse, that it is boring.
Natures partners include:
Guerilla Science - Dedicated to science by stealth, they are committed to unconventional and eye-opening atmospheres that help more people discover the unimaginable realities science reveals to us.
Earth Watch Institute - An international environmental charity committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of life on earth to meet the needs of current and future generations.
The Land - Magazine written by and for people who believe that the roots of justice, freedom and democracy lie not so much in access to money, or to the ballot box, as in access to land and its resources.
The Finance Lab - The Finance Innovation Lab is a place where people who have good ideas about how to create a better financial system, can take them and do something with them.
Iain McGilChrist (author of the seminal work The Master and His Emissary) and Sally Angel - In discussion of Holistic Science, Neuroscience and Envisioning New Worlds with a screening of Animate Earth.