The 2021 Achates Philanthropy Foundation Symposium

Join us for a series of nightly conversations with creatives and thought leaders challenging the cultural sector to think differently.

Across the week, we will ask UK and international guest speakers to reflect on urgent issues – from the cultural implications of addressing climate change, to the myth of social mobility in the creative industries. These events will explore our renewed understanding of the role of art in society and offer a space for discussion about the nature of change and how it can come about.

This artist-led programme of events is curated by the writer and theatre director, Javaad Alipoor (The Believers Are But Brothers, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran).

Bringing together leaders from across the arts, these provocative discussions are for anyone who wants to be part of bringing about real change.

All events are free and online, but booking is required.

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Book here for your place at any of our five events:

Climate Economics – Monday 15 November, 7pm
The Social Mobility Myth – Tuesday 16 November, 7pm
All that’s been revealed… – Wednesday 17 November,  7PM
The Hidden Artist – Thursday 18 November, 7pm
The Lives of Artists – Friday 19 November, 7pm

All that’s been revealed… is in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, Beatfreeks, Manchester International Festival, The National Centre for Writing, The People’s Orchestra, Theatre503, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery and Union Chapel

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The 2021 Achates Philanthropy Foundation Symposium is sponsored by Achates.