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DemFest is being organised in 2017 by The Democratic Society in partnership with Gladstone’s Library.

The next DemFest will take place 2-4th June 2017 at Gladstone’s Library. More information coming soon.

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About DemFest 2016

DemFest is a new festival of democracy taking place 13th – 14th May 2016 in the beautiful surroundings of W.E. Gladstone’s library at Hawarden in North Wales.

We are living in tumultuous times. Is the UK on the brink of fracturing? Will we leave the European Union? Are power and resources are increasingly concentrated in fewer and fewer hands? Is the gulf between the UK’s main political parties rapidly widening? Come along to listen, learn and contribute!

Meanwhile, many possibilities for new forms of democratisation are opening up. Whether through experimentation at community level, developments in online tech or as a result of the growing public appetite there are now more collaborative and less hierarchical ways of living.

DemFest is about getting together in this context to reflect on current democracy and consider new ways of doing things – its aim is to contribute to the larger-scale and increasingly urgent project of collectively re-making democracy for our times.

You won’t hear a party line; DemFest is non-partisan, independent, and not-for-profit.

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