at Small Is…Festival
On September 13/14, the Small Is…Festival comes to Bristol for the very first time. It began life in 2009, at the HQ near Rugby of Practical Action, the company founded by E.F. Schumacher.
Our speakers this year include poets, writers, professors, inventors, students, mayors – and an equally wide range of wonderful musicians. PLUS practical workshops, strong debates and tasty food – all in the superb venue which is St. George’s Concert Hall, off Park St.
On Saturday, Sept 13, Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson opens the Festival, and (hopefully) lets us into the secret of his success as a changemaker. Then economist Molly Scott Cato reports on her first months as a Green MEP, and author and broadcaster Leo Johnson gives us a glimpse of the future – fromoutside the political arena.
Further projections follow as Herbert Girardet looks at regenerative cities, Keith Barnham reveals the amazing potential of Solar power and Johnny Golding investigates the role of art.
Sunday, Sept 14, brings the wonderful American poet and author Drew Dellinger, addressing the question of how we truly change – with many poems along the way! And in the afternoon, we have a delightful invasion from Devon, led by our second Mayor of the weekend – Jacqi Hodgson from Totnes. Then Jonathan Dawson from Schumacher College addresses the future of education together with Amrita Bhohi, a young leader who found her time as a student at the College to be transformative.
Those are the main lectures. During the day there’ll also be debates, all kinds of practical workshops and more talks (outside in ‘the Sched’). Then there’ll be food, followed by two fabulous evenings of music from around the world.