The Labour Party conference returns to Liverpool, running between 23rd and 26th September. The World Transformed (TWT), which organisers describe as ‘the Edinburgh Fringe, only more political’, is also making a comeback in the city after its success here in 2016. It is the largest political festival in the UK for decades.
Running from Saturday 22nd to Tuesday 25th, TWT has an action-packed schedule in The Black-E and Constellations, with something for everyone. The festival opens with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell making the case for political education. Saturday night’s opening party at 9.30pm in Constellations is headlined by Raw Silk and Giovanna, costing £4 with a TWT wristband and £6 without.
There are also campaigning workshops, film screenings and talks from a range of left-wing politicians, activists, artists and journalists. The issues covered include: public ownership, the environment, anti-Semitism, colonialism, migration, transgender rights and feminism. There is even a session on Monday at 9am called Decolonising Yoga.
Names that will be starring at the event include: Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, Shadow Home Secretary: Diane Abbott; journalists such as Owen Jones, Ash Sardar and Paul Mason. Also featuring will be Canadian author, Naomi Klein, far-left 2017 French presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and founder of Jacobin magazine Bhaskar Sunkara.
Also of particular interest to any members of the ‘Milifandom’ out there, former Labour Leader Ed Miliband is hosting a pub quiz on Tuesday 25 at 7.30pm in the Black-E.
Students at the University of Liverpool may want to attend some of the talks before term gets into full swing. Chantal Mouffe is giving a talk on ‘new populism’, and Dr Faiza Shaheen and Ann Pettifor are discussing left-wing economics.
A closing party rounds off the weekend at 9.30pm on Tuesday in Constellations. This features African dance music from Afriquoi. It costs £7 with a TWT wristband and £9 without.
Tickets for the whole weekend are £35 (Solidarity), £20 (Standard), £15 (Student/Low Income) and free for the unwaged. These, along with the full programme, can be found on their website.
The Sun has been banned from the event out of solidarity with the people of Livepool due to its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.
Featured image: Saturday afternoon at The World Transformed, 24 September 2016