- 09 May 18
Body&Soul have revealed the details of the talks and debates which will take place during the festival, including wide-ranging discussions about masculinity, social media, the abortion referendum and Irish activism.
The talks, which aim to ‘inspire change and ignite debate’, will take place at both the Wonderlust and Library of Progress stages. It kicks off on Saturday morning, June 23, with The Irish Times Breakfast Club on the Woodlands Stage.
Arts and Culture Editor of the Irish Times, Hugh Linehan, will later explore “the underlying absurdities of artificial borders” with the help of DJ Calvin James and musician Constance Keane (FEARS).
A live recording of the Irish Times Women’s podcast will also be broadcast, where in 'The People Have Spoken' host Kathy Sheridan will review the result of the referendum on the eighth Amendment with Anna Cosgrave, founder of the REPEAL Project, and Ailbhe Smyth, co-director of Together For Yes.
‘Delete Your Account’ will examine whether it’s time to “delete all social media” while ‘Activism: Then and Now’ will look at 50 years of protest movements.
Another noteworthy talk will see former GAA player Diarmuid Lyng, Blindboy Boatclub of Rubberbandits’ fame, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and John Cummins discuss the crisis in masculinity.
The festival takes place at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath between June 22 and June 24.