Monday


From Squares to Parliament 9.30 - 11am, The Studio. What can we learn from Europe's radical social movements and their rapid rise from street movements to political parties? Join this discussion with Paul Mason. Speakers: Paul Mason - journalist

From Squares to Parliament
9.30 - 11am, The Studio.

What can we learn from Europe's radical social movements and their rapid rise from street movements to political parties? Join this discussion with Paul Mason.

Speakers:
Paul Mason - journalist

Straight-talking NHS Politics vs "Sustainability and Transformation Plans"                                     9am - 11am, The Gallery.                                       Hosted by Momentum NHS & Keep Our NHS Public. NHS privatisers love hiding behind jargon, secrecy and lies to destroy our NHS. Instead, come and get a clear picture of the current struggles, including against secretive "STPs", so you can help bring the fight to them locally and nationally. 

Straight-talking NHS Politics vs "Sustainability and Transformation Plans"                                     9am - 11am, The Gallery.                                       Hosted by Momentum NHS & Keep Our NHS Public.

NHS privatisers love hiding behind jargon, secrecy and lies to destroy our NHS. Instead, come and get a clear picture of the current struggles, including against secretive "STPs", so you can help bring the fight to them locally and nationally. 

Without These Walls 10 - 11am, The Theatre. A film and follow up discussion about how an apparently well meaning policy, supported by the Labour Party, can end up devastating entire communities - with compulsory purchase and demolition of homes in a ‘pathfinder’ neighbourhood – and failing utterly to regenerate them usefully. Without These Walls, tells the story in 9 minutes of poetry, animation and film. Ghost Mural is shown during the follow up discussion led by Jayne and Pat Levey Bennet, both local to Everton and Anfield who met through their involvement in Homebaked, the community bakery opposite Liverpool Football Club. Speakers:  Jayne Lawless and Pat Levey Bennett - Founders of Homebaked

Without These Walls
10 - 11am, The Theatre.

A film and follow up discussion about how an apparently well meaning policy, supported by the Labour Party, can end up devastating entire communities - with compulsory purchase and demolition of homes in a ‘pathfinder’ neighbourhood – and failing utterly to regenerate them usefully.

Without These Walls, tells the story in 9 minutes of poetry, animation and film. Ghost Mural is shown during the follow up discussion led by Jayne and Pat Levey Bennet, both local to Everton and Anfield who met through their involvement in Homebaked, the community bakery opposite Liverpool Football Club.

Speakers: 
Jayne Lawless and Pat Levey Bennett - Founders of Homebaked

 
Data and Democracy 11am - 1pm, The Gallery This interactive workshop will explore the role of technology in a modern Labour Party.

Data and Democracy
11am - 1pm, The Gallery

This interactive workshop will explore the role of technology in a modern Labour Party.

Citizens Collective Creativity and the Renewal of Socialist Economics 11am - 1pm, The Studio.  Hosted by Red Pepper & Transnational Institute. What is ‘economic democracy’? How do we put citizens, unions and local communities in control of their workplaces? What does a socialist economy fit for the 21st century actually look like? Our panel will explore radical visions for an economy that serves people, not profit. Speakers: Hilary Wainwright (chair) - Editor of Red Pepper and The Transnational Institute James McGowan - Head of Policy & Comms ASLEF Brian Salisbury - Former Shop Steward Lucas Aerospace combine committee, Kris Giovanopoulos -  ­ Solidarity Economics Network, in Greece Cilla Ross - Co-operative College Glenn Jenkins - Marsh Farm Regeneration Hub Nuria del Rio - Writer and Activist on Cooperative Production in Spain  

Citizens Collective Creativity and the Renewal of Socialist Economics
11am - 1pm, The Studio. 
Hosted by Red Pepper & Transnational Institute.

What is ‘economic democracy’? How do we put citizens, unions and local communities in control of their workplaces? What does a socialist economy fit for the 21st century actually look like? Our panel will explore radical visions for an economy that serves people, not profit.

Speakers:
Hilary Wainwright (chair) - Editor of Red Pepper and The Transnational Institute
James McGowan - Head of Policy & Comms ASLEF
Brian Salisbury - Former Shop Steward Lucas Aerospace combine committee,
Kris Giovanopoulos -  ­ Solidarity Economics Network, in Greece
Cilla Ross - Co-operative College
Glenn Jenkins - Marsh Farm Regeneration Hub
Nuria del Rio - Writer and Activist on Cooperative Production in Spain

 

Building A Progressive Manifesto 11am - 1pm, The Theatre.  Hosted by Talk Socialism.  A snap general election has been called, and you've been asked to write Labour's 2017 election manifesto. Play the part of Labour's policy and election strategy team and draft a manifesto. We'll finish with a mock press conference where you can present your policies to the media.  Workshop leaders:  Clive Lewis MP - Labour Party Rachel Broadbent - Talk Socialism Carl Kennedy - Talk Socialism Jamie Driscoll - Talk Socialism

Building A Progressive Manifesto
11am - 1pm, The Theatre. 

Hosted by Talk Socialism. 

A snap general election has been called, and you've been asked to write Labour's 2017 election manifesto. Play the part of Labour's policy and election strategy team and draft a manifesto.
We'll finish with a mock press conference where you can present your policies to the media. 

Workshop leaders: 
Clive Lewis MP - Labour Party
Rachel Broadbent - Talk Socialism
Carl Kennedy - Talk Socialism
Jamie Driscoll - Talk Socialism

 
Take a Step Forward to Becoming a Confident Speaker 12 - 2pm, The Workshop.   This workshop will help to enable anyone to get people's attention when they need to speak up. It will give you the skills to overcome nerves, stress and anxiety about failure. We will work on how to make the best of your voice and body language. We will also look at ways to be brief and on target and how to avoid being long-winded and boring! It is all about empowerment and self-expression for all ages. Workshop leader: Astrid Richardson - community activist and actress

Take a Step Forward to Becoming a Confident Speaker
12 - 2pm, The Workshop.

 

This workshop will help to enable anyone to get people's attention when they need to speak up. It will give you the skills to overcome nerves, stress and anxiety about failure. We will work on how to make the best of your voice and body language. We will also look at ways to be brief and on target and how to avoid being long-winded and boring! It is all about empowerment and self-expression for all ages.

Workshop leader:
Astrid Richardson - community activist and actress

What is Momentum for? 12 - 2pm, The Festival Hall. Hosted by Momentum. The session will bring together members, organisers and activists from Momentum groups all across the country to discuss the future of Momentum. This will be a fully participatory workshop where everyone is encouraged to speak and get involved in creating a vision of Momentum. Guest speaker:                                 Pablo Bustinduy  

What is Momentum for?
12 - 2pm, The Festival Hall.
Hosted by Momentum.

The session will bring together members, organisers and activists from Momentum groups all across the country to discuss the future of Momentum. This will be a fully participatory workshop where everyone is encouraged to speak and get involved in creating a vision of Momentum.

Guest speaker:                                
Pablo Bustinduy
 

Building the New Movement from a Grassroots Women’s Perspective 1 - 3pm, The Studio Hosted by Global Women's Strike & Women of Colour GWS   The injustices women struggle on internationally are central to the new movement for a caring society, and must be addressed for the benefit of the whole movement. From rape and domestic violence to policies of cuts, destitution, police violence, war and deportation, from no wages and wage inequality to denial of rights for carers and sex workers, from children taken into care to discrimination based on gender, race, religion, disability, sexuality.  How do we work together across sectors and national boundaries while focusing on particular issues?  How do we insist that women who break the class ceiling act with us not against us?  Speakers: Sara Callaway - Women of Colour in the Global Women's Strike Michael Kalmanovitz - Refusing to Kill Nina Lopez - Legal Action for Women Ariane Sacco - Queer Strike Rebecca Talah - All African Women's Group Aliya Yule - Preventing Prevent Organised by: Global Women’s Strike and Women of Colour GWS with participation from All African Women’s Group, Black Women’s Rape Action Project, English Collective of Prostitutes, Legal Action for Women, Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, Queer Strike, WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities), Women Against Rape and Payday men’s network.  

Building the New Movement from a Grassroots Women’s Perspective
1 - 3pm, The Studio
Hosted by Global Women's Strike & Women of Colour GWS

 

The injustices women struggle on internationally are central to the new movement for a caring society, and must be addressed for the benefit of the whole movement. From rape and domestic violence to policies of cuts, destitution, police violence, war and deportation, from no wages and wage inequality to denial of rights for carers and sex workers, from children taken into care to discrimination based on gender, race, religion, disability, sexuality.  How do we work together across sectors and national boundaries while focusing on particular issues?  How do we insist that women who break the class ceiling act with us not against us? 

Speakers:
Sara Callaway - Women of Colour in the Global Women's Strike
Michael Kalmanovitz - Refusing to Kill
Nina Lopez - Legal Action for Women
Ariane Sacco - Queer Strike
Rebecca Talah - All African Women's Group
Aliya Yule - Preventing Prevent

Organised by: Global Women’s Strike and Women of Colour GWS with participation from All African Women’s Group, Black Women’s Rape Action Project, English Collective of Prostitutes, Legal Action for Women, Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, Queer Strike, WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities), Women Against Rape and Payday men’s network.

 

 
Climate Change: What can Trade Unions do about it? 1 - 3pm, The Gallery. Climate Change is happening now. Are Trade Unions doing anything about it? Many of their members could lose their jobs but a radical response to the climate crisis could create millions more. Often derided as dinosaurs, can Trade Unions respond to this 21st century disaster in the making? Speakers: Zita Holbourne - PCS Union NEC & Co-chair of Black People Rising Against Cuts                             Manuel Cortez - General Secretary of TSSA               Rachel Mullen - Equality Rep, BFAWU                       Martin Mayer - Unite the Union, Sheffield TUC           Sakina Sheikh - Energy Democracy Project

Climate Change: What can Trade Unions do about it?
1 - 3pm, The Gallery.

Climate Change is happening now. Are Trade Unions doing anything about it? Many of their members could lose their jobs but a radical response to the climate crisis could create millions more. Often derided as dinosaurs, can Trade Unions respond to this 21st century disaster in the making?

Speakers:
Zita Holbourne - PCS Union NEC & Co-chair of Black People Rising Against Cuts                             Manuel Cortez - General Secretary of TSSA               Rachel Mullen - Equality Rep, BFAWU                       Martin Mayer - Unite the Union, Sheffield TUC           Sakina Sheikh - Energy Democracy Project

Rethinking Post-16 Education 1 - 3pm, The Theatre.  Hosted by NCAFC. Jeremy Corbyn's proposal to build a National Education Service means a much-needed opportunity to completely overhaul the way further and higher education work. In this participatory session, we'll discuss and develop a radical, democratic vision for a post-16 education which is free not only from fees and debt, but from inequality, discrimination and social segregation too. Workshop leaders:                                              Sahaya James - NCAFC Monty Shield - NCAFC

Rethinking Post-16 Education
1 - 3pm, The Theatre. 
Hosted by NCAFC.

Jeremy Corbyn's proposal to build a National Education Service means a much-needed opportunity to completely overhaul the way further and higher education work. In this participatory session, we'll discuss and develop a radical, democratic vision for a post-16 education which is free not only from fees and debt, but from inequality, discrimination and social segregation too.

Workshop leaders:                                              Sahaya James - NCAFC
Monty Shield - NCAFC

Pint & Politics: Labour's Economic Policy 3 - 5pm, The Gallery.  Hosted by Talk Socialism. How do you talk economics without people’s eyes glazing over? Our actor-in-residence will play a swing voter who reads the mainstream press and we’ll roleplay a pub conversation on the economy. How do we counter the ‘common sense’ economic arguments and how do we avoid boring people stiff? Workshop leaders: Carl Kennedy  - Talk Socalism

Pint & Politics: Labour's Economic Policy
3 - 5pm, The Gallery. 

Hosted by Talk Socialism.

How do you talk economics without people’s eyes glazing over? Our actor-in-residence will play a swing voter who reads the mainstream press and we’ll roleplay a pub conversation on the economy. How do we counter the ‘common sense’ economic arguments and how do we avoid boring people stiff?

Workshop leaders:
Carl Kennedy  - Talk Socalism

 
The Future of the Unions 3 - 5pm, The Studio. We’ll be asking the tough questions about trade unions in the 21st century and the challenges they will face. How can precarious, temporary and dispersed workers organise? What does 21st century collective action look like? Should we fight to modernise our unions, or do we need new forms? Speakers: Alice Martin - New Economics Foundation Manuel Cortes - General Secretary of TSSA Nilufer Gules - Unite Hotel Workers Branch Tracy Edwards - Secretary of PCS Culture Group  

The Future of the Unions
3 - 5pm, The Studio.

We’ll be asking the tough questions about trade unions in the 21st century and the challenges they will face. How can precarious, temporary and dispersed workers organise? What does 21st century collective action look like? Should we fight to modernise our unions, or do we need new forms?

Speakers:
Alice Martin - New Economics Foundation
Manuel Cortes - General Secretary of TSSA
Nilufer Gules - Unite Hotel Workers Branch

Tracy Edwards - Secretary of PCS Culture Group
 

The English Problem 3 - 5pm, The Theatre.  Hosted by Compass. Many commentators have interpreted the Brexit vote as an expression of a new form of English nationalism. Is this true? What are the historical, social and cultural parameters of ‘Englishness’? What might a progressive English nationalism look like, and is such a thing even possible? Speakers: Jeremy Gilbert - Compass Jon Cruddas MP - Labour Party Prof. Selina Todd - Historian & Writer                       John Harris - author and journalist 

The English Problem
3 - 5pm, The Theatre. 
Hosted by Compass.

Many commentators have interpreted the Brexit vote as an expression of a new form of English nationalism. Is this true? What are the historical, social and cultural parameters of ‘Englishness’? What might a progressive English nationalism look like, and is such a thing even possible?

Speakers:
Jeremy Gilbert - Compass
Jon Cruddas MP - Labour Party
Prof. Selina Todd - Historian & Writer                       John Harris - author and journalist 

Bristol Momentum experience sharing session 4 - 5pm, Workshop 1. Hosted by Bristol Momentum. This workshop will be led by members of Bristol Momentum. Who will share their successes and struggles in Bristol, as well as ideas for what other Momentum groups can do in their own regions and cities.

Bristol Momentum experience sharing session
4 - 5pm, Workshop 1.
Hosted by Bristol Momentum.

This workshop will be led by members of Bristol
Momentum. Who will share their successes and
struggles in Bristol, as well as ideas for what
other Momentum groups can do in their own
regions and cities.

 
Bristol Thanet experience sharing session 5 - 6pm, Workshop 1. Hosted by Bristol Momentum. This workshop will be led by members of Bristol Momentum. Who will share their successes and struggles in Bristol, as well as ideas for what other Momentum groups can do in their own regions and cities.

Bristol Thanet experience sharing session
5 - 6pm, Workshop 1.
Hosted by Bristol Momentum.

This workshop will be led by members of Bristol
Momentum. Who will share their successes and
struggles in Bristol, as well as ideas for what
other Momentum groups can do in their own
regions and cities.

The Social Strike: Making Business Do What We Want 5 - 7pm, The Theatre. Hosted by Plan C. Striking isn't what it used to be, but what is the alternative? New forms of direct action are urgently needed - it's the only way we can make businesses do what we want. Our answer is the social strike: a new form of strike action that can find the pressure points in a 21st century economy. Speakers: Keir Milburn, Nadia Idle and Seth Wheeler - Plan C

The Social Strike: Making Business Do What We Want
5 - 7pm, The Theatre.

Hosted by Plan C.

Striking isn't what it used to be, but what is the alternative? New forms of direct action are urgently needed - it's the only way we can make businesses do what we want. Our answer is the social strike: a new form of strike action that can find the pressure points in a 21st century economy.

Speakers:
Keir Milburn, Nadia Idle and Seth Wheeler - Plan C

Building a Progressive Majority 5 - 7pm, The Studio. With declining turnout and Scottish Labour’s collapse, how can we build a winning social coalition and translate it into a parliamentary majority? This session will analyse 2020 election, look at the case for electoral reform and ask whether a cross-party progressive coalition is the way forwards. Speakers: Neal Lawson - Director of Compass Jon Lansman - Chair of Momentum Clive Lewis MP - Shadow Secrety of Defense Rhea Wolfson - Labour Party NEC Caroline Lucas MP - Green Party Co-Leader  

Building a Progressive Majority
5 - 7pm, The Studio.


With declining turnout and Scottish Labour’s collapse, how can we build a winning social coalition and translate it into a parliamentary majority? This session will analyse 2020 election, look at the case for electoral reform and ask whether a cross-party progressive coalition is the way forwards.

Speakers:
Neal Lawson - Director of Compass
Jon Lansman - Chair of Momentum
Clive Lewis MP - Shadow Secrety of Defense
Rhea Wolfson - Labour Party NEC
Caroline Lucas MP - Green Party Co-Leader

 

 
From Struggle to Solidarity 5 - 7pm, The Gallery.  We’re currently seeing the largest movement of people in human history, and our governments respond with apathy and violence. Effective solidarity is needed urgently, and the voices of migrants must be heard. This will be a participatory discussion on migration, led by migrants themselves. Workshop organizers: Sohail Jannesari - MIgration Researcher & Activist Zuzanna Ludzik - Brick Lane Debates

From Struggle to Solidarity
5 - 7pm, The Gallery. 

We’re currently seeing the largest movement of people in human history, and our governments respond with apathy and violence. Effective solidarity is needed urgently, and the voices of migrants must be heard. This will be a participatory discussion on migration, led by migrants themselves.

Workshop organizers:
Sohail Jannesari - MIgration Researcher & Activist
Zuzanna Ludzik - Brick Lane Debates

Prepare for Power: Fight Austerity, Fight Racism 6 - 9pm, The Festival Hall. Hosted by The Labour Representation Committee In the post-Brexit crisis, the tectonic plates that have underlined the political and economic stability of Europe have shifted. The old certainties are under threat. A new politics is emerging, challenging the old social order, and bringing a new radical movement with hope for a new world. Speakers: John McDonnell MP - Labour Shadow Chancellor Diane Abbott MP - Labour Shadow Health Secretary Jackie Walker - Momentum Ian Hodson - Geeral Secretary BFAWU Mark Serwotka - General Secretary PCS

Prepare for Power: Fight Austerity, Fight Racism
6 - 9pm, The Festival Hall.
Hosted by The Labour Representation Committee


In the post-Brexit crisis, the tectonic plates that have underlined the political and economic stability of Europe have shifted. The old certainties are under threat. A new politics is emerging, challenging the old social order, and bringing a new radical movement with hope for a new world.

Speakers:
John McDonnell MP - Labour Shadow Chancellor
Diane Abbott MP - Labour Shadow Health Secretary
Jackie Walker - Momentum
Ian Hodson - Geeral Secretary BFAWU
Mark Serwotka - General Secretary PCS

Film Screening: Not In Our Name 7 - 9pm, The Gallery.  Hosted by Dir. Hazuan Hashim & Phil Maxwel Featuring veteran anti war campaigner Tony Benn and peace campaigners from around the world, 'Not In Our Name' opens up a rich visual landscape to explore the folly of war. Six years in the making Directors Hazuan Hashim and Phil Maxwell wanted to take the anti-war message to a wider audience through an examination of the work of a diverse range of artists against the war. The film includes footage from around the world, including Iraq and the USA. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the Directors chaired by Audrey White, a founder member of the Merseyside Anti-war movement.

Film Screening: Not In Our Name
7 - 9pm, The Gallery. 
Hosted by Dir. Hazuan Hashim & Phil Maxwel

Featuring veteran anti war campaigner Tony Benn and peace campaigners from around the world, 'Not In Our Name' opens up a rich visual landscape to explore the folly of war. Six years in the making Directors Hazuan Hashim and Phil Maxwell wanted to take the anti-war message to a wider audience through an examination of the work of a diverse range of artists against the war. The film includes footage from around the world, including Iraq and the USA. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the Directors chaired by Audrey White, a founder member of the Merseyside Anti-war movement.

 
The Future of Work 7 - 9pm, The Studio. We are living through a crisis of work. While low pay and precarity are already increasing, 47% of jobs could be at risk of automation over the next two decades. For many this is terrifying. But could it be an opportunity? This session will explore ideas of automation and Universal Basic Income. Speakers: Nick Srnicek - Author of 'Inventing the Future' Helen Hester - Writer & Academic Vanessa Olorenshaw - Author of 'Liberating Motherhood' Barb Jacobson - Basic Income UK

The Future of Work
7 - 9pm, The Studio.


We are living through a crisis of work. While low pay and precarity are already increasing, 47% of jobs could be at risk of automation over the next two decades. For many this is terrifying. But could it be an opportunity? This session will explore ideas of automation and Universal Basic Income.

Speakers:
Nick Srnicek - Author of 'Inventing the Future'
Helen Hester - Writer & Academic
Vanessa Olorenshaw - Author of 'Liberating Motherhood'
Barb Jacobson - Basic Income UK

Corbyn and Media Bias 7 - 9pm, The Theatre. Hosted by The Morning Star. Five billionaires own 80% of the media. As austerity bites, the disinformation campaign against Corbyn and the left is intensifying. What can be done to democratise the media? How can we fight back and change the narrative?  Speakers: Carolyn Jones (chair) - Institute of Employment Rights director Ben Chacko - Morning Star Editor Diane Abbott MP - Labour Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Murray - Unite Abi Wilkinson - Journalist Kelvin Hopkins - Shadow Media and Culture Secretary Rhea Wolfson - NEC member

Corbyn and Media Bias
7 - 9pm, The Theatre.
Hosted by The Morning Star.


Five billionaires own 80% of the media. As austerity bites, the disinformation campaign against Corbyn and the left is intensifying. What can be done to democratise the media? How can we fight back and change the narrative? 

Speakers:
Carolyn Jones (chair) - Institute of Employment Rights director
Ben Chacko - Morning Star Editor
Diane Abbott MP - Labour Shadow Health Secretary
Andrew Murray - Unite
Abi Wilkinson - Journalist
Kelvin Hopkins - Shadow Media and Culture Secretary
Rhea Wolfson - NEC member

The NHS: How Do We Renationalise It? 9 - 11pm, The Festival Hall. Will there still be an NHS left to save in 2020?  It’s high time people – including the labour movement - reclaimed the politics of the NHS. What obstacles and vested interests stand in the way of a Labour government and movement intent on doing so and how can we overcome them? From the junior doctors' dispute to the fight against STPs; how can we mobilise now to support the NHS’ key struggles, and link these battles to our wider goal of renationalisation?  Speakers: Diane Abbott MP - Shadow Secretary of State for Health Harry Leslie Smith - Author and Campaigner Yannis Gourtsoyannis - BMA Junior Doctors committee executive Caroline Molloy - editor at OpenDemocracy & OurNHS Margaret Greenwood - MP for Wirral West Jill Mountford - Momentum Speaker from Save Liverpool Women's Hospital Campaign TBC  

The NHS: How Do We Renationalise It?
9 - 11pm, The Festival Hall.


Will there still be an NHS left to save in 2020?  It’s high time people – including the labour movement - reclaimed the politics of the NHS. What obstacles and vested interests stand in the way of a Labour government and movement intent on doing so and how can we overcome them? From the junior doctors' dispute to the fight against STPs; how can we mobilise now to support the NHS’ key struggles, and link these battles to our wider goal of renationalisation? 

Speakers:
Diane Abbott MP - Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Harry Leslie Smith - Author and Campaigner
Yannis Gourtsoyannis - BMA Junior Doctors committee executive
Caroline Molloy - editor at OpenDemocracy & OurNHS
Margaret Greenwood - MP for Wirral West
Jill Mountford - Momentum
Speaker from Save Liverpool Women's Hospital Campaign TBC

 

The Suggestibles 9 - 11pm, The Theatre. Suggestibles’ comedy shows are wild, theatrical and different every time. Each night is made-up on-the-spot. You shout out suggestions to our 6-piece team in a relentless feast of improvised mad-cap sketches, skits and songs. Expect the unexpected – it could all go magnificently wrong!

The Suggestibles
9 - 11pm, The Theatre.


Suggestibles’ comedy shows are wild, theatrical and different every time. Each night is made-up on-the-spot. You shout out suggestions to our 6-piece team in a relentless feast of improvised mad-cap sketches, skits and songs. Expect the unexpected – it could all go magnificently wrong!