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Monday 22 March 2021

The Great United Festival: Brighton Residents Share Forgotten Wisdom To Envision A New World

Brighton-based residents, Colonel John Blashford Snell and Matthew Bagwell, are to appear at a new virtual festival uniting elder and younger generations to share their stories, knowledge and wisdom to envision the world anew.

They will join a community of world-class thinkers, artists, poets, and healers coming together for an insight-fueled series of talks and experiences centered around five key themes: Nature; Mind & Spirit; Community; Gender Balance; Cultural Diversity. 

Col. John Blashford Snell is one of the most seasoned and respected explorers. 

The former Royal Engineer has organised and led over 120 expeditions, including the first descent of the Blue Nile and the navigation of virtually all the 2700 miles of the Congo as well as the first vehicle crossing of the complete Darien Gap. 

He will speak to the power and impact of expeditions at the festival.


Matt Bagwell is an Advanced Oxygen Advantage Breathwork Instructor and ultra-endurance athlete, living by the ocean in Brighton. 

Matt has taught people all over the world how to use their breath to improve physical and mental resilience, induce deep relaxation, overcome challenges including poor sleep and pandemic anxiety and to unlock creative energy. 

As he says himself, "Breathwork is not woo woo, it's all science."

The Great United Festival will take place online between March 20 – April 24, 2021. Tickets are £12.50 and free for those who cannot afford the full price. 10% of proceeds will go to Cultural Survival, a global charity which advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights.

by: Mike Cobley



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