The Festival of Democracy – DemFest – was based on the concept of a music festival with multiple stages and musical flavours, but for people interested in discussing and developing fairer and more participatory political engagement.

The idea was to bring together people with diverse political experiences and preferences to enjoy a range of exciting democracy-related events and – in a time of upheaval in UK politics – to create a space for a deliberative and productive conversation about building a more participatory democracy.

2016 was the launch event for DemFest. The brainchild of The Democratic Society, we partnerned with Gladstone’s Library in North Wales, and The Raymond Williams Foundation to deliver the festival.

We had some fantastic discussions drawing on a broad range of views. Speakers included: Natalie Bennet, Peter MacFadyen from Independents for Frome, Robin McAlpine from Common Weal, Kenny Imafidon from Bite the Ballot, Carmen Ria Smith from NUS Wales, Simon Burrall from Involve and Jonathan Heawood from Impress. You can see the full schedule here

We are hoping to run DemFest again in the future, watch this space!

 

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