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Culture is Ordinary: Raymond Williams Centenary

Monday 27th September3pm–4:30pm
Community Base

On the centenary year of Raymond Williams’ birth, we want to have a participatory discussion on two of his key ideas, democratic cultural production and democratic self-organisation. To facilitate the discussion we will speak to cultural producers and political activists about the lessons of lockdown and what socialistic cultures need to emerge to challenge the dominant hierarchical cultures of neoliberal white supremacist patriarchy, and realisable alternatives in our everyday organising practices, as well as our big institutions.

For a little primer on Raymond Williams' History of Culture check out this graphic essay from RWF: https://www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk/culture-explainer


Nick Mahony is a social researcher and co-founder of the Movement for Cultural Democracy (which emerged out of TWT in 2017), he is also a coordinator with the Raymond Williams Foundation

PhD Researcher at University of Birmingham & filmmaker.

Organiser with SWARM.

Organiser with LGSMigrants.

Sponsoring Organisations:
Movement for cultural democracy is a project challenging received notions of culture as a decorative addition to the social and political system. The project works to create an inclusive space within which culture is experienced as a meaningful, universal and essential part of our everyday lives, and from which a truly popular cultural policy can be created.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations in our educational and research work:
Lipman Miliband TrustRosa Luxemburg Stiftung LondonBarry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust
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