By Millicent Scott, 10th March 2016
Many festivals take place in the UK throughout the summer, but never a Festival of Democracy – until now. This got me excited.
DemFest offers a fascinating programme of cultural and political activities where you can grapple with all things democratic participation. You’ll have a chance to think through complex and curious ideas and engage with lively conversations about democracy.
There’s an impressive list of speakers – including academics, digital innovators and even a political party leader. The fabulous venue at Gladstone’s Library in a Grade I listed building, provides the perfect setting.
As if a whole festival dedicated to democracy isn’t enough, I also got very excited at the concept of a “residential library”. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is a library that you can sleep in! Those of you already familiar with Gladstone’s Library may fail to see the sheer brilliance of this concept for those of us who are new to it. Sadly all the rooms are already sold out, but there are plenty of other places to stay in the vicinity of the library. You can stay the whole weekend or just pop in and enjoy the spirit of the festival for a day or a single session.
DemFest takes place 13th-14th May at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, North Wales. It’s 30 minutes by train from Chester or Wrexham and 90 minutes from Liverpool and Manchester.
Personally I will be travelling from Edinburgh to be there because this sounds amazing. I hope to see you there.