Friday, 2 October 2015

Protestival 2.0 - Bath's Festival of Protest

Following the success of this June's gathering in Victoria Park, Bath will see a second Protestival this year on Saturday at the Royal Oak on Lower Bristol Road.

The press release for the event reads:

Jessica Milton will host Protestival 2.0, taking place at The Royal Oak pub on Lower Bristol Road on 03/10/15. It will be a day event filled with workshops, short talks, performance poetry and music.

Jessica Milton is proud to bring Protestival 2.0 to Bath for the second time. Protestival 2.0 will kick off with acoustic music performed by local musicians, followed by talks on community projects, campaigns and local opinions throughout the early afternoon. There will be diverse workshops all day in the beer garden, and music all evening to keep us dancing long into the night!

More information can be found online at:

The event has been lovingly founded with the intention of creating a platform of shared ideas, knowledge, and expertise, to create a better connected society. It has been called the “spiritual successor to the Visions for Change event that drew in hundreds of people in 2012 and 2013”, and is a celebration of activism and radical thought in Bath and the surrounding community.


running throughout the day in the side room (or the beer garden, weather permitting):

Kieran Denman: Anarchism and building your own solidarity network
Jesse Perrett: Poetry and spoken word activities
Clothes swap: bring something from the back of your wardrobe and you could go away with something new!

commencing early afternoon:

Paul Reid-Bowen; Bath Spa Philosophy lecturer, on Sustainability
Zenon; ex-hermit and artist, on the importance of Collective Unity
Chris Roche; recently-ex-student and Unionist, on the importance of activism and how student groups can encourage change (subject to change)
Zaria Philips; from Unite in the Community, on community solidarity
Holly Templer; from Fossil Free Bristol, talking about successful local campaigns
Louise Somerville; from Frack Free Somerset, on practical campaigning skills

throughout the day and continuing through the night!

Chris Johnston; chilled, positive vibes, drawing on his own life experience

Tom Harris; self proclaimed 'musician, poet, astronaut' - make of him what you will

The Domino Collective; funk-influenced feel good grooves

We will also be teaming up with the Royal Oak for the evening, and inviting a "mighty fine collection of West Country style bands for a jolly evening of cider swilling" at The Royal Oak in Bath from 9pm:
Surfin' Turnips, Scrumpy Swillers and Hater UK at The Royal Oak

 Times for the events are as follows:

1.35 - 2.15 EMMY LILA
2.15 - 2.30 INTRODUCTION TO PROTESTIVAL: the vision
2.30 - 2.55 PAUL REID-BOWEN
2.55 - 3.10 HOLLY TEMPLAR
3.10 - 3.30 SAMMY CROCKER
3.30 - 3.50 CHRIS ROCHE
3.50 - 4.20 TOM HARRIS
4.20 - 4.30 ZARIA PHILIPS
4.30 - 5.15 BEN LYTHE