Our first festival took place in 2016, in Liverpool, and has taken place every year since as an unofficial fringe to the Labour Party conference. You can have a look our programmes from previous festivals below.
Our most recent festival, TWT21, took place in Brighton from the 25th-28th September. Over 3,000 people attended TWT 2021 in Brighton for over 100 sessions, with highlights including John McDonnell in conversation with Bernie Sanders, the Zarah Sultana pub quiz, and our most extensive training programme yet.
Across the month of September we ran our first ever digital festival - necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic - with 90 separate events, including panels, workshops, trainings, rallies, courses, parties, cultural events and a podcast series. The festival was organised by a small staff team and 100+ volunteers, and over 5k people registered for festival passes. With the recordings reaching over 100k views on YouTube and Facebook, TWT20 was our biggest festival in terms of audience reach so far.
Running from 21st to 24th September in Brighton, 2019's event saw 6000 attendees, 350 speakers, over 300 volunteers and 300 hours of political discussions, debates, workshops, skills training, performances, exhibitions, sports events, parties and more. For the first time, we built our own venue on Old Steine Gardens - and it's also the year we debuted the infamous TWT Socialism sign!
2018 marked our second festival in Liverpool, with 6,000 attendees and 250 hours of programmed content. Highlights from the programme included the packed out sessions In and Against the State, Feminism for the Many, Cybernetic Socialism: Project Cybersyn in the 21st century, I'm Literally a Communist: Marx at 200, Acid Corbynism, Taking on the Tech Giants & Investing in our Future: Sustainability Economics.
Highlights our 2017 programme include: Corbynism from Below, Governing from the Radical Left, Winning Power, Technology and Post-Capitalism, Radical Democracy and 21st Century Socialism and Acid Corbynism. The daily Stuart Hall reading groups run by academic Jeremy Gilbert were also incredibly popular and thought-provoking. One of the venues was dedicated almost solely to peer-to-peer skill-shares on topic ranging from Having Difficult Conversations to How to Make a Viral Video.
In May 2017, we worked with local Momentum groups, local Labour parties, trade union branches and activist groups to bring together leave and remain voters, moving beyond the Brexit divide and delving into how we can take back control from economic elites and establishment politicians.
In total, we hosted 5 events (Croydon, Bradford, Sunderland, Plymouth & East London), which tackled issues including immigration, national identity, democracy, the economy and the future of Europe.
The World Transformed 2016, was our first festival of politics, art, community and culture alongside the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. With thousands of attendees and over 100 sessions, it was the most extensive fringe event at Labour Party Conference we'd seen in decades.