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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

Yaron Brook

Ayn Rand Institute Chairman.

An economist, entrepreneur, writer, and activist, Yaron Brook is an Objectivist and the current chairman of the board at the Ayn Rand Institute. Traveling extensively to promote Rand's philosophy, he has penned books including Free Market Revolution and Equal is Unfair

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

Crick Institute Scientist and IAI Live Host

Güneş Taylor is a training fellow at the Francis Crick Institute, the London-based biomedical research centre. Güneş has debated the implications of genome editing in forums such as Fertility Fest, the Festival of Genomics, and Virtual Futures, as well as on the Guardian's podcast Science Weekly. In 2018, Güneş was awarded the Crick Public Engagement Prize for her efforts in the public communication of science.

Steve Taylor

Best-selling psychology writer

Steve Taylor is an academic, leading voice and author of several best-selling books in the fields of psychology and spirituality. He regularly appears in the media in the UK, and has been recently featured on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, BBC Breakfast, Radio FiveLive and TalkRadio. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’

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.