The festival line up this year includes:
Tariq Ali • Jake Arnott • Shazia Mirza • Owen Jones • Jill Dawson • Nick Cohen • Nadifa Mohamed • Tom Holland • Alan Gilbey • Roopa Faruki • Simon Gough • Kate Fox • Phil Maxwell • Xiaolu Guo • Deborah Levy • Louie Stowell • The Gentle Author • Chimene Suleyman • Alex Wheatle • Dave Sankey • Sunny Singh • Marigold Joy • Irenosen Okojie • Liz de Jager • Eddie Johnson • Susheila Nasta • Linda Wilkinson • James Dawson • Nikesh Shukla • Ahsan Akbar • Tanya Byrne • Peter Hounsell .
As well as the main Festival, there are fantastic Fringe events. We all have a story: listen to theirs, share ours, bring yours.
The festival will kick off on Friday 14 before the Tariq Ali event with Urban Playground – Morpeth School’s large woodwind and brass ensemble.
They rehearse every Monday and is made up of students from Years 7 to 13. Urban Playground has performed all over the world, including New York, Madrid and Iceland and performed at many great festivals including the Cultural Olympiads BT River of Music. They have also had the privilege to work with many amazing musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Arun Ghosh and the Sould Rebels Brass Bands.
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Brick Lane Bookshop will be supplying books for sale throughout the festival.