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    20:30 - Opening Night: Culture in a Time of Crisis

    Opening Night: Culture in a Time of Crisis

    Who needs art when bombs are being dropped? Who needs culture when lives are being lost to poverty, disease, climate crisis and war? There's always a crisis somewhere on the planet, but this year it seems that devastating events have laid siege to a greater proportion of the world’s population than at any time in the past century. Yet even amid such troubled times, art continues to made; songs to be sung; books to be written. Tonight’s event is an exploration of why we need creative output in times of crisis. Featuring writers and performers from a variety of different backgrounds, artforms and locations, join us as we look at the power of creative ideas to uplift, to transport and to help us understand the embattled world around us.

    Across poetry, song, stories and polemics, this evening’s event is an introduction to the 2021 Book Festival and a defiant, unapologetic, jubilant celebration of the fact that in times of crisis we need culture more than ever.

    20:30 - Opening Night: Culture in a Time of Crisis