A central element of the festival is the offer of diverse and safe spaces and ritual which allow the bereaved from all walks of life to remember the dead in a gentle and beautiful way.
Creating lively, interesting and safe opportunities for people to ask the questions (including the difficult ones) and be informed so they can prepare for their own deaths and of those they love. We are hoping a number of talks will be curated.
Like life, death brings with it great pain and great beauty and sometimes, great comedy. Music, art and performance are able to capture these qualities and reconcile them for us in a way that is deeply healing.
We are hoping to snare a fabulous headline act for the Saturday night....and there will definately be music! If we can get some theatre, poetry, comedy and art in too we will!
Creating opportunities for people to share experience is a key goal of the festival - death cafe's will be part of this...
The festival has adopted the organisational model of 'distributed organising'. This model avoids the pitfalls of centralized models, enabling the initiative and creativity of the contributors (venues, groups or individuals wishing to offer an event), whilst safeguarding the core aims and principles of the Festival. These are inclusion, diversity, transparency, respect, safety and free at the point of entry. We are currently inviting contributions and talking to a number of venues that have expressed an interest.
we will be updating this website as plans develop