Festival of Ideas Launch Event

7th Jun 2017, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Arts Centre

You are invited to attend the launch of Edge Hill University’s second annual Festival of Ideas.

This year’s Festival will explore themes of Identity and Belonging in a stimulating programme of debates, talks, films, exhibitions, roundtables and performances throughout the month of June 2017.

The launch will commence from 5:00pm with a drinks reception in the Arts Centre, followed by a speech from Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a performance of GENTLE MEN – Edge FWD:

GENTLE MEN is a simple and hopeful dance created by Edge FWD working with an internationally-known choreographer, performer and stage designer Theo Clinkard. Through the use of a light touch, empowering ‘comeradery’, rhythmic stomping and belted-out three-part harmony, GENTLE MEN exposes some of the less-expected aspects of what it means to be young and male today. Adopting the structure of traditional social dances and set to the heartfelt songs of Bob Dylan, the work hopes to generate empathy and togetherness, when so much around us supports individualism. Edge FWD are 10 male students currently studying at Edge Hill University.

Following the launch, guests are invited to stay on to view a special screening of Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion. Producers of A Quiet Passion, Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos (Hurricane Films) will introduce the screening along with the Director of Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), Professor Roger Shannon. Please note that tickets for A Quiet Passion are limited and must be booked in advance to guarantee your place.

Wednesday 7th June 2017 5:00pm, The Arts Centre


5:00pm – Arrival and refreshments
5:20pm – Speeches
5:30pm – Gentle Men – EdgeFWD (dance piece)
6:00pm – A Quiet Passion (tickets required)

Further details about Festival of Ideas 2017 can be found here