A Utopia Briefly Made Real

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


In the Guardian review of last year’s Supersonic festival, Jennifer Lucy Allan stated: “Supersonic is not just a music festival, but a site for resistance and community, a utopia made briefly real”. In response, key members of non-mainstream music communities will come together to discuss the ways that collective expression and togetherness are socially valuable—and how these moments become ever more important amid ongoing Tory cuts to arts funding, and the cynical, politically motivated fabrication of so-called “culture wars”.

Chaired by Derek Walmsley (Editor, The Wire) guest speakers include: Caleb Madden (Director, Outlands Network), Fielding Hope (Cafe OTO/Counterflows Festival), Lisa Meyer (Supersonic Festival) and Stephanie Phillips (Decolonise Festival)
Period2 Sept 2023
Event titleSupersonic Festival: Starting as a one-day event in Birmingham in 2003, Supersonic Festival, curated and produced by Capsule , is an internationally renowned experimental music and arts festival. Occupying an exalted position at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life, as well as attracting an international audience.
Event typeExhibition
LocationBirmingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational