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The New Roaring 20s

Monday 16th August - 06:00 PM BST

The New Roaring 20s

Will this century give in to hedonism?

Over a century ago the Spanish Flu pandemic gave way to a decade of hedonism, swiftly followed by the Wall Street Crash. Now, following Covid, we are embarking into a new roaring 20s of our own. And it already appears as though we will follow the 1920s into lavish partying and carefree spending that F. Scott Fitzgerald warned against in 'The Great Gatsby'.

Should we do the roaring 20s differently this time? Might culture this century not give in to hedonism, but instead work to defeat inequality and develop a deeper gratitude for the simple things like hugging our family and friends? Or is this puritanical nonsense, a hangover from Christian morality, for after all, what is life without parties and joy? And ought the real question be, how can we party best - so that a good time is had by one and all?

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18.00 BST - Headline Debate

18.50 BST - Q&A Session 

19.00 BST - Meet the Speakers Session

19.15 BST - Documentary Screening

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Yaron Brook

Ayn Rand Institute Chairman.

Yaron Brook is an entrepreneur and intellectual at the helm of the Ayn Rand Institute. As a staunch objectivist, Brook is unafraid to challenge the status quo, debating some of the biggest political commentators of today to advocate for individual rights and free markets.

Soma Ghosh

Founding editor of The Demented Goddess

Soma Ghosh is a cultural critic, cabaret performer and founding editor of cult polysexual magazine The Demented Goddess. The magazine explores gender, belonging and creativity across the arts, from rock and electronic music to street art and ‘terrorist pornography’ by women. She writes reviews and essays on sexuality, race and gender in popular culture for The Quietus, The Irish Times, Little White Lies and more.

Güneş Taylor

Molecular biologist and science communicator

Güneş Taylor is part of the Francis Crick Institute, the London-based biomedical research centre. As a molecular biologist she uses many cutting-edge technologies to understand how reproductive systems are built. Güneş is a highly experienced public speaker, who has interviewed Richard Dawkins, Yuval Harari, Slavoj Zizek, Robert Plomin, Simon Baron-Cohen and Lord Robert Winston.

Steve Taylor

Best-selling psychology writer

Steve Taylor PhD is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University and author of 14 books, including The Fall and Spiritual Science. His upcoming book is DisConnected: The Roots of Human Cruelty and How Connection Can Heal the World.



The New Roaring 20s

God Bless Ibiza
Exclusive Documentary Screening

What happens when a bunch of clean living Christians hit the notorious party island of Ibiza for a summer of love - Jesus style?  'God Bless Ibiza' follows a team of passionate young Christian clubbers who spend the summer in Ibiza trying to bring the love of Jesus to the hedonistic tourists on Europe's clubbing capital.

The young, hip and radical group are more at home in a club than a church, dance tracks are their hymns and they invoke the Holy Spirit in clubs with quasi-spiritual names like Godskitchen, Eden and Ascension.

The team themselves have all sworn off drugs, alcohol and sex and say they get their kicks instead from supernatural experiences of God. Award-winning director Jez Higham spent 10 weeks filming with the young team and gained a unique insight into the new wave of the church.