Mason, Zoe Williams, Martin Rowson, Suzanne Moore, Keir Starmer QC, Bob
and Roberta Smith and many others - collaborating with Free Word and
eleven partners including Apples and Snakes, Article 19, BRITDOC, Little
Atoms, openDemocracy, Open Rights Group and many others, to build an
alternative Magna Carta celebration. In
June 1215, King John’s hand was forced into setting his seal to Magna
Carta – or The Great Charter of the Liberties of England - by the Thames
the eight centuries since, its symbolism has been invoked as the
foundation and template for limited and responsible government, and as a
metaphor for freedom and justice under the law for all. As a living document, it envisages a limit on the untrammelled powers of the executive.
In June, the Government
will be organising official commemorations of the sealing of Magna
Carta. The Queen, the Prime Minister, and the leader of the Opposition
will preside over a fawning sanitised memorial to an historic moment of great rebellion.
should be an alternative celebration - one which recognises the
importance of Magna Carta in curtailing the powers of the executive,and one which challenges and appraises modern Britain’s attitude to civil liberties.
13 June, we're bringing in some of the biggest names in economics,
literature, journalism, politics, think tanks, and law to an audience of
over five hundred people from across society. We need a Magna Carta event with teeth - and where better to do this than Clerkenwell, an historic place of dissent? It will be multi-layered and encompass film, music, literature, debate, speeches, poetry and polemic.
festival is designed to be a relaxed but informative atmosphere
bringing together eclectic themes and audiences around Britishness and
liberty. We will
ask difficult questions about how free and powerful we are and consider
where we need to hold the state to greater account and how. 89up,
the organisers of the festival, are excited that openDemocracy are
supporting us with their valuable ongoing analysis of rights and the
state of our national politics.
gather a cross-section of society to debate a range of important issues
and get involved in what is sure to be a memorable day. We
want to bring the spirit of Magna Carta into 2015 and we need your help
so join in the festival, celebrate, and discover where and how we
should rebalance power in modern Britain.
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