Revolution Festival 2021

Revolution Festival is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, taking place in London between 29-31 October.
 
With a range of fascinating talks on pressing topics, and an incredible line-up of speakers, this year’s festival will be our biggest in-person event to date.
 
The pandemic has sharpened the class struggle worldwide, with workers and youth beginning to move against the capitalist system – a system that is responsible for racism, state violence, oppression, imperialism, and the global climate catastrophe.
 
The rottenness of capitalism has been laid bare for all to see. Two years on since the outbreak of COVID-19, the ruling class is carrying out a fresh wave of austerity and attacks, looking to make workers, the youth, and the poor pay for the crisis.
 
And while billionaires like Jeff Bezos are shooting off into space, billions are struggling to make ends meet back down on Earth.
 
A growing number are pointing the finger directly at capitalism as the root of the problems facing society. That is why the theme of this year’s festival is Socialism In Our Time – a demand that resonates with the new generation, to whom the status quo offers no future.
 
Capitalism must be overthrown. But to do this, we need to get organised, and arm ourselves with the revolutionary ideas required to transform the world.
 
So buy your ticket now for this exciting and inspiring festival – and join the revolution!

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Logistics & locations

Revolution 2021 is being held at Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ

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Talks

  • All
  • Art
  • Economics
  • History
  • Oppression
  • Philosophy
  • Science
  • Topical
  • Default
  • Title
  • Date
  • Random
  • Far from saving us, capitalism is killing the planet. We need a revolution. In this talk, Joe Russell will discuss the climate crisis, the so-called ‘solutions’ of the ruling class, and explain why none of these can offer a way forward.

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    • Science
  • Postmodernists deny the existence of objective truth, saying that instead reality is composed of different ‘narratives’ that are equally valid. In this talk, Daniel Morley will combat the ideas of Postmodernism that stifle the struggle for socialism.

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    • Philosophy
  • The explosive events surrounding the upsurge in the Black Lives Matter movement last summer have forced the issue of racism to the forefront of people's minds. In this talk, Fiona Lali will explain the importance of linking the fight against racism with the fight against capitalism, to bring an end to the racist divisions of bourgeois society.

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    • Oppression
  • The global economy has been down and up like a yo-yo over the past 18 months, with production stuttering in the face of the coronavirus crisis. In this talk, James Kilby will explore why capitalism repeatedly goes into crisis.

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    • Economics
  • The question of women’s liberation has always been a key one for Marxists. In this talk, Sarah Taylor will discuss the origins of women's oppression, how it has developed, and how we can finally end it.

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    • Oppression
  • The depth of the capitalist crisis through which we’re living makes revolutionary leadership more urgent than ever. In this talk, Ben Gliniecki will discuss how we build the revolutionary leadership required to lead the working class to power.

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    • History
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Timetable

18:30 - 21:00

Marxism and the labour movement

10:30 - 12:15

The fall of Afghanistan: 20 years of imperialist meddling

10:30 - 12:15

COP26: Can capitalism save the planet?

10:30 - 12:15

Violence against women - How do we end it?

10:30 - 12:15

The pandemic and precarious work: New unionism today

10:30 - 12:15

Introduction to Marxist economics

13:15 - 15:00

Will there be a boom? - Capitalism, crisis, and cycles

13:15 - 15:00

Dialectics: From Hegel to Marx

13:15 - 15:00

The Cuban Revolution: Where is it going?

13:15 - 15:00

Introduction to Historical Materialism

13:15 - 15:00

Marxism and Cinema

15:15 - 17:00

How can Palestine be free?

15:15 - 17:00

Storming Heaven: The Paris Commune

15:15 - 17:00

Marxism and libertarianism: The economic calculation problem

15:15 - 17:00

Introduction to Marxist Philosophy

15:15 - 17:00

Marxism and ethics: Their morals and ours

18:30 - 21:00

The history of philosophy book launch

10:30 - 12:15

Marxism vs postmodernism

10:30 - 12:15

The life and ideas of Lenin

10:30 - 12:15

Revolution in Latin America

10:30 - 12:15

The Monarchy: Tourist attraction or reactionary relic?

10:30 - 12:15

The Union - Will Britain survive?

13:15 - 15:00

Culture wars and the fight against racism

13:15 - 15:00

How to build a revolutionary party

13:15 - 15:00

The origins of class society

13:15 - 15:00

Materialism of the Enlightenment

13:15 - 15:00

The state, the police, and capitalism

15:15 - 17:00

Capitalism vs science: Innovation, industry, and ignorance

15:15 - 17:00

The collapse of the USSR and the rise of Putin

15:15 - 17:00

Anarchism and the Spanish Civil War

15:15 - 17:00

Joe Biden: Myths and reality

Location

Revolution Festival 2021 will take place at Friends House on Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.

Sessions will take place in the main hall (The Light), and various break-out rooms which will be signposted on the day. The venue and all rooms are fully accessible.

Registration and tickets will be available in all rooms. Books and merchandise will be available for sale in the main hall foyer throughout the weekend.

There will also be a pub social on the Saturday evening at The Knights Templar Wetherspoons, 95 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DT

Nearest stations are: Euston Square (Circle line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line), Euston Station (National Rail, Northern line, Victoria line), Russell Square (Piccadilly line), and Kings Cross & St Pancras International.

Accommodation

For those travelling to the festival from further afield and who require accommodation, below are some recommendations for hostels to book for the weekend - though you may want to investigate further for yourselves. 

It is sometimes possible to secure discounts when booking for a large group, so if you’re coming with friends it's worth looking into a group booking.

St. Christopher’s Village, Waterloo

Prime Backpackers, Angel

Astor Museum Inn, Bloomsbury 

We recommend organising this as soon as possible, to make sure that you can secure rooms before they become fully booked. We also recommend avoiding the absolute cheapest hostels in London, as these can often be unsafe.

Anyone who is finding it exceptionally difficult to secure accommodation for the weekend in London, please send an email to contact@revolutionfestival.co.uk and we will do everything we can to help out. 

Contact

If you have any questions about Revolution 2021, please fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. To book your place at this year's festival, please click here.