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Discussing the left in the heart of London

The 2017 edition of the Marxism Festival will take place in the British capital between the 6th and 9th of July. This year will be marked by the results of the UK general election, Brexit, the coming to power of Donald Trump and the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution.

Marx izquierdaDealing with the debate and not shrinking from it, promoting the discussion of ideas, looking directly at  a scene of turbulence and unimagined changes are all aims which form the raison d’être of the 2017 Marxism Festival: an event that as in previous years promises exchanges of opinions at the highest level.

This year there are more issues for debate than ever before. From the UK’s decision to leave the European Union to the election and re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party and finally the election of Donald Trump in the US. The goal: to face the challenges of the future by exchanging ideas face-to-face.

To get an idea, suffice it to say that in the 2016 edition of the festival, 165 meetings were held, bringing together thousands of activists, trade unionists, students, writers and academics from all over the country.

Karl Marx - Carlos MarxAmong those who participated in the most recent editions were Diane Abbott MP, Tariq Ali, Gareth Peirce, Darcus Howe, Peter Hain, Sheila Coleman, Shahrar Ali, Ilan Pappe, Michael Roberts, John Bellamy Foster, Stathis Kouvelakis, Maz Saleem, John Pilger , Ronnie Kasrils, Alex Callinicos, Louise Raw, Moazzam Begg, Dave Ward, Janet Alder and Alan Gibbons, among others.

Organized by the Socialist Workers’ Party, the festival takes place over four days, in three central locations where debate and discussion is accompanied by culture.

While the list of participants is yet to be confirmed, the list of topics to be debated includes racism and fighting it, Marxist economics, 100 years of Russian revolution, the post-general election era and capitalism and climate change, among others.

It is incidentally possible to download the provisional programme for the 2017 festival, which includes the initial list of participants and the schedules and places for the debates. Date: Thursday, the 6th  to Sunday, the 9th of July, 2017. Venue: Student Central, Institute of Education and Friends Meeting House (all in central London). For more information click here.

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