Festival of Perception at King’s Cross

Posted: Monday 13th April 2015

King’s Cross today unveils a series of unusual and exciting events around the theme of Perception, with the Guardian and The School of Life as its festival partners. Starting with a thought-provoking lunchtime class and a sumptuous immersive feast, the line-up includes film, music, spoken word and learning, and is open to all, with ticketing announcements to be made throughout the year.

Perception shapes our value judgments, our emotions, our actions; and yet, it is entirely subjective – unique to an individual, highly fluid, influenced by many things. Perceptions of King’s Cross have radically shifted; likewise those of media and what we need from it.

The Festival of Perception will ask its guests to confront their view of the world, other people, and themselves: over six months, King’s Cross will stage a diverse range of events curated by artists, writers and performers, with the Guardian and School of Life bringing specialist contributors such as Lost Lectures, The Waldorf Project and Hendrick’s Gin to produce events which will make you question your senses and ask you to contemplate what’s real and what’s imagined; events which will challenge you to ‘see’ the world through new eyes.

Tickets for the first two of these, E.R.L Chapter Three/FUTURO and The School of Life’s School of Thought: the Feminists class, go on sale today through the Guardian’s Membership website  and The School of Life’s website.

The critically-acclaimed Waldorf Project, alongside Hendrick’s Gin and the Guardian, will on 14, 15 and 16 May reveal E.R.L Chapter Three/FUTURO, an exciting insight into the next instalment of its genre-defining immersive experience, uniting the senses through drink, smell, food, movement, sound and environment in an exploration of the utopian societies of the future imagined in the 1960s. The skills and imagination of a cocktail chemist, a food designer, a choreographer, a production designer, a product designer and a sound engineer are all intertwined and directed by artist Sean Rogg. With just six performances in three days, demand is expected to be extremely high following the triumphal sell-out of Chapter Two/COLOUR earlier this year.

The School of Life adds one of its Classes to the mix, at 1pm on Friday 8 May: School of Thought: The Feminists, led by historian of ideas Hanna Dawson. Everyone is a feminist now, celebrities and politicians even wear t-shirts proclaiming it, but what does feminism mean and why does it matter? Drawing on the lives and experiences of everyone in the room, men and women alike, we will get clear on what is at stake in feminism, and how we might we bring it to bear on our own lives in a useful, helpful way.

Future events in the Festival of Perception will be announced later this year.

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