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Sunday 23 April 2017

Discuss Dance Laugh Create & Change The World @ Byline Festival

Byline Festival launches at Pippingford Park, East Sussex, this summer, offering festivalgoers a unique opportunity to recapture the spirit of festivals when they had a sense of purpose. It is for everyone who doesn't want to take Trump, fake news or alternative truth lying down.

Set in the halcyon Ashdown Forest, the festival - which runs from the 2nd to 4th June 2017 - is only one hour by train from central London, Byline will create a very different festival experience for the independent-minded.

Festivalgoers will get the chance to create documentaries, podcasts and news articles, with leading practitioners. 

On-site newsrooms, masterclasses and theatre acts will enchant wanderers to the forest, while The Gallery in the Trees will hang the best in photo journalism from an acre of woodland.

The Festival Labs will teach everything from stand up, poetry, art to how to riot and how to survive hostile territory, while the love lost can enlist the help of festival matchmakers Drawing Down the Moon to find their soul mates. 

Byline's artist in residence, Edward Eustace, will work away over the weekend creating radical sculptures and forest-based installations. 


There will be plenty of children"s activities. John Ellis from the Stranglers and Vibrators will teach you how to create your own blues song on the guitar.

Bringing together leading politicians, journalists, broadcasters, writers, bloggers, poets, musicians, comedians and festivalgoers, expect passion, creativity and drama. Join John Cleese, Martn Bell, June Sarpong, Lenny Henry, Frances Barber, Hugh Grant, Bonnie Greer, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Salena Godden, A.L, Kennedy, John Sweeney, Tom Watson, Rowan Pelling, Lisa Maxwell, Damien Collins, Luke Harding, DJ Nihal, John Niven as well as more than 60 music acts

The Blow Monkeys are headlining a musical line up including Radio 1 DJ Nihall, Smutty from the Rockats, John Ellis from the Stranglers, The Priscillas, Department S and Son of Dave. Hardeep Singh Kohli, Lenny Henry, John Cleese and Rowan Pelling head up the comedy.

For tickets and live updates visit: www.bylinefestival.com.

by: Mike Cobley



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