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Summer festivals

A number of trade union organised festivals are to take place over the next few months, marking key moments in British radical history. They include:

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Levellers Day festival

Levellers Day festival



Levellers Day

A festival celebrating the radicals in the English civil war in the seventeenth century. This year’s festival focuses on the issue of sustainable food for all, with speakers including Professor Tim Lang, Tristram Stuart and David Gardner.

There is also music from Seize the Day, Guilded Splinters and Rich Man’s Ruin.

10.30am, Saturday 15 May, Burford, Oxfordshire
» www.levellers.org.uk


Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

This festival commemorates the fight by the Tolpuddle Martyrs for union rights in the 19th century. The British state deported them to Australia for their stance.

Billy Bragg, Skank Tank, Papa Le Gal, The Stoned Holy Rollers, The Stow, Jackie Oates, the Bad Shepherds and Kasai Masai are among the music acts this year.

There will also be debates over which way forward for education with general secretaries from the education unions.

Tony Benn will be the keynote speaker.

16-18 July, Tolpuddle, near Dorchester, Dorset
» www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk


Cradley Women Chainmakers’ Festival

This event recalls the 100th anniversary of the fight of the Cradley Heath Women Chainmakers.

Led by the inspiring Mary Macarthur, they struck for ten weeks in 1910, winning the first ever minimum wage.

The TUC-organised event features a parade, music and theatre from local performers.

It will help ensure the legacy of the Cradley Heath Women Chainmakers lives on – and, we hope, encourage more of the same.

17-18 September
Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands
» www.wolvestuc.org.uk


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