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What’s TWT all about?

The World Transformed is supporting, developing and delivering political education across the UK in order to build a movement capable of radically transforming society. Our annual 4-day festival of politics, arts and music began in 2016, and has since become the biggest political education event in the UK.

We’ll be back in Brighton this year, to bring together our movement in all its diversity, for four days of panels, workshops, games, parties and more.

Where is the festival?

TWT21 will take place in multiple venues across Brighton from the 25th - 28th September 2021.

How might COVID affect the festival?

We can’t say exactly how COVID will affect this year’s festival. What we can tell you is that we are currently planning to host a physical event in Brighton, and will do whatever we can to ensure that it’s safe for our attendees. Some of the precautions currently in place are:

  • Outside venues. We’re planning to host the vast majority of the festival on the Old Steine site in Brighton, meaning nearly all the sessions taking place in tents with ample ventilation.
  • Reduced capacity. We’ll be selling less tickets this year than in previous years, and implementing reduced capacity in our venues. We’ll be following government guidance as well as keeping a close eye on national case numbers to determine how full venues should be.
  • Sanitizer & masks. Hand sanitizer points will be in place throughout the festival, and we’ll be encouraging our volunteers, speakers, and attendees to wear masks where appropriate.

Depending on how case rates are looking in September, we’ll be looking into a range of different options including regular lateral flow tests for volunteers and speakers, proof of a negative test, immunity and / or double vaccination for entry, and on site temperature checks.

We have a dedicated team of volunteers working hard to ensure the event is COVID safe, under incredibly difficult and turbulent circumstances. The safety of the event is of the utmost importance to the whole TWT team, and we will only be going ahead with the event in-person if we are confident it is safe to do so - that is, not only that the Government’s restrictions permit a festival, but we, as organisers of TWT, are confident that running a physical event will be safe for all our attendees, and crucially, does not risk putting NHS services under pressure.

We promise to be transparent with you as planning continues for September’s event, and keep you updated on any and all changes that might be made to our plans. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can get in touch at [email protected] and we will try our best to get back to you as soon as possible!

Can I volunteer at this year's festival?

Yes, absolutely. Every year TWT relies on the tireless work of our volunteer community to make the event happen. This year is no different. You can express interest in volunteering at this year’s festival here. We’re particularly keen to hear from Brighton based volunteers!

Where can I stay?

Hotels & Hostels

There are a number of youth hostels that offer affordable accommodation in Brighton - you can check in sites such as Hostelworld.com.

For those who don’t mind commuting into Brighton, here’s a list of nearby towns where you may be able to find affordable accommodation: Shoreham-by-Sea, Saltdean/Rottingdean, Lewes (good train connection), Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Worthing (good train connection), and Falmer (good train connection).

Campsites

Brighton has a number of campsites that have good facilities and are at easy reach from central Brighton (most of them easily accessible by car). One that it’s particularly easy to get to is the Brighton Caravan Club Site, situated less than 30 minutes away by public transport from our main venue in The Old Steine Gardens, or 45 minutes if you chose to take a morning/evening stroll.

Air BnB and Couchsurfing

There are plenty of lovely Air BnBs in Brighton and nearby towns (listed above). We recommend you take a look to find out if there are any available for the size you’re after, and booking ASAP if you find something suitable.

We have also set up a Facebook group to match up attendees with one another for the purpose of sharing the cost of an Air BnBs, and finding spare rooms from Brighton based TWT attendees.

Community halls

As in 2019, we will be providing some affordable community halls for this year’s festival. We’ll be in touch with all our ticket holders with more information on this, and details on how to book, when we have them.

Accessibility

We are committed to providing an event that’s accessible as possible. This includes: step free venues, a number of BSL interpreted events (TBA), free festival tickets for assistants, and accessibility passes for the duration of the festival to minimise times spent queueing, and a priority seating space at the front of sessions.

We are working closely Disabled People Against Cuts to make this year’s festival accessible and enjoyable for all, and are being guided by the social model of disability to make this possible.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at [email protected]

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations in our educational and research work:
Lipman Miliband TrustCommon KnowledgeAndrew Wainwright Reform TrustRosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonTransform! Europe
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