Forwards festival announces further details about its 'changemaker' programme

Forwards festival announces further details about its 'changemaker' programme

Posted on: 26 Jul 2022

The inaugural edition of Bristol's newest international music festival will host an exciting programme of speakers and discussions alongside a jam-packed line-up of great music.


Details of Forwards Festival's programme of talks and discussions featuring cutting-edge creatives, campaigners, music industry names and more have been released.


Taking place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2022, the all-new event's 'changemakers' programme explores crucial topics such as making Bristol a sex-positive city, tackling Bristol’s housing crisis, and breaking the class-ceiling in the creative industries. 


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Taking place in Forwards Festival's 'Information Area' - a space dedicated to activism, discussion and examination - a plethora of captivating and enlightening talks and discussions will add another dimension to this already exciting event.


On Saturday 3 September, local environmental campaigners and agency Environ explore why creatives are crucial in breaking boundaries for the communication of the current climate crisis.


Also on Saturday, Izzy Cross, director of Noods Levels brings together a panel discussion exploring how to break through the music industry's class ceiling, before Bristol Drugs Project lead a panel on the modern way to treat drugs.


Rounding off the festival's opening day, the volunteer-run festival of socialist politics, arts and culture, Bristol Transformed, will lead a talk on why you cant just change yourself, you have to change the world.

Proceedings on Sunday 4 September kick off with Bristol-based charity Caring In Bristol, who host a discussion asking the question: 'Is solving Bristol's housing crisis even possible?'


Finally, on Sunday, local activist Amélie, Euella Jackson from Rising Arts, and Jess Herman, founder of the Sexual Health Circus, discuss how to make Bristol a sex-positive city, pleasure activism in practice and sex workers' rights.


Team Love's Big Team CIC will also be present throughout the weekend exploring how music festivals can be a force for change, inviting other event organisers to share their plans for 2023 and beyond.


All of this alongside an exciting musical line-up featuring the likes of Little Simz, Ishmael Ensemble, Jamie XX, The Chemical Brothers, Rozi Plain and Billy Nomates makes Forwards an extremely intriguing and exciting event.


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George Boyle



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