John McDonnell and 'UK’s finest disco operators' at Momentum festival
The festival will feature more than 160 hours of workshops, debates, live music and a ‘political games corner’.
John McDonnell, Ken Loach and Horse Meat Disco have been named as three of the leading lights at this year’s Momentum festival at Labour conference in Brighton.
The shadow chancellor is one of a number of MPs set to feature at the second annual World Transformed Festival, along with Clive Lewis, Dawn Butler, Lisa Nandy, Shami Chakrabarti and Laura Pidcock, the recently-elected MP for North West Durham. It comes after Pidcock recently won plaudits for her maiden speech slamming the "intimidating nature" of the House of Commons.
Also in the line-up is the award-winning director and committed Corbynite Ken Loach and the acclaimed DJs Horse Meat Disco - aka James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Filthy Luka, Severino.
Horse Meat Disco have described themselves as "the UK’s finest disco operators" and their regular Sunday residence at The Eagle London is billed as "the queer party for everyone; Homos and Heteros, club kids, bears, fashionistas, naturists, guerilla drag queens and ladies who munch".
According to Momentum, the festival will feature more than 160 hours of workshops, debates, live music, art exhibitions, children’s activities, plays, and parties, including a ‘political games corner’, interactive art exhibitions, pop up think tanks run by various groups including ‘Mums for Corbyn’, a four day Hackathon tasked with building the tools needed to win the next election, workshops on how to make a viral video, a play telling the stories of striking miners and live streams of the Labour Party Conference.
Organiser Anastasia Palikeras said: "Unlike George Freeman MP’s 'Conservative Glastonbury', our city wide festival will be open to the public, attract thousands of visitors and span nine venues across Brighton. The World Transformed will be a chance to celebrate Labour’s extraordinary electoral comeback, while also debating the ideas that will shape the future of Britain and seriously considering what a Corbyn led government could achieve."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "The World Transformed has shown itself to be a powerful new space on the Labour Party conference fringe for people to debate policies, exchange ideas, and expand our political horizon with arts, music and culture. Events like these complement the main conference, open up politics and help develop a strong campaigning movement to elect a Labour government for the many not the few."
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