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Sunday 20 May 2018

Pussy Riot Set To Help Discuss Dance Laugh Create & Change The World @ Byline Festival In East Sussex

Following last year's success, Byline Festival returns to Pippingford Park, in East Sussex, and once again promises festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. 

The festival is for anyone who is interested or concerned about fake news, post Trump truth, the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal and the current state of politics. Also it includes immersive theatre, the New Orleans Circus, art, music, and dancing.

An audience of over 5000 is expected to attend and witness the likes of headliners Pussy Riot, as well as the Bad Press Awards hosted by National Treasure John Cleese.
 
Pussy Riot's strident feminism and anti-Trump and Putin stance is in keeping with the activism and attitude of this unique festival with its tagline: Dance, Discuss, Laugh and Change The World! 

The collectives' Nadya Tolokonnikova said: 


"(I want) to break the wall that separates prisoners and normal people. Or, should I say, so-called normal people who don't really understand that at any given moment something can happen and you could find yourself in prison suddenly, because sometimes corruption happens. You could just be in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Byline Festival recaptures the spirit of early festivals like Woodstock that had more of a sense of purpose and authenticity. 

There are opportunities to create films, news articles, podcasts and dramas at the festival with leading writers, journalists and directors or you can just enjoy the comedy and music. 


John Cleese and Hardeep Sing Kohli are leading the comedy performances. Additional participants and speakers include June Sarpong, Hugh Grant, Bonnie Greer, Alexei Sayle, Kate Mosse, Gary Lineker, A.L. Kennedy, Joanna Scanlan, Andy Hamilton, A.L.Kennedy. 

One-hunderd-and-twenty music acts are confirmed including Blow Monkeys, DJ Nihal, The Vapors, Rhoda Dakar, Tom Hingley and The Priscillas.

Three big talk tents will include leading journalists, politicians, experts and activists from around the world who will be tackling and hopefully helping to solve today's big issues.

There are lots activities for families. The House of Fairy Tales is bringing their kid's Media Planet Adventure and News Room to the festival, with daily shows created by kids for their parents. Outdoor activities include rock climbing with experienced instructors and wide games in the forest run by our Festival Games Master.

For those looking for something a little more relaxed, the peaceful Woodland Spa will provide a wide range of spa treatments including hot stone massages, reflexology and deep tissue massages led by a team of fully qualified local therapists. A wander through to The Gallery in the Trees will provide a scenic atmosphere, including photojournalism hanging from branches of trees in the middle of the forest.

London's legendary media Frontline Club will recreate its famous bar on-site at Byline Festival, as well as our forest bars and an array of independent food stalls..

Byline Festival at Pippingford Park, East Sussex, from Friday 24-27 August 2018. For more info CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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