KIN: An Act of Kindess

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The creators of Shambala Festival unveil new Bristol event: KIN

Between November 8th and 11th, 2018, hundreds of co-creators will gather at the Arnolfini for a brand new event – designed to expand minds and warm souls.

KIN is a pioneering series of talks, workshops and conversations plus games, art and music.

Expect board games with Paul Mason, film premieres, album launches and discussions from DJ KRUST, body positivity champion ‘The Slumflower’ Chidera Eggerue and a chance to play in the dark imagination of cult animator David Firth – creator of Salad Fingers.  Plus a Post Human Party with fat-berg performatix, Miss HerNia & Co, KIN will be a hive of the cerebral and silly.

The team behind Shambala Festival sparked the idea for the event. Against a backdrop of Trump and Brexit, there has been a rise in interest in political workshops and talks. And this event will further cater to the increasing demand. As nations flounder and big business gets bigger, KIN is a gathering for those longing for a kinder world.

Sidharth Sharma, event co founder says:  ‘We’re offering the opportunity to reflect on how we could live differently but through a prism of art, creativity and fun – the opposite of a dry and dull political party conference! And Bristol being such a hot bed of social justice and environmental activism is the perfect place to launch it.”

Numerous organisations are involved: Contemporary arts centre – Arnolfini; Global activist network – The Rules; University of West of England; Rife Magazine; Pervasive Media Studios, The Museum of Happiness and Bristol Psychedelic Society.

The programme

John Paul Flintoff and co-founder of the Museum of Happiness Shamash Alidina will team up to launch the programme with an opening ceremony that will inspire and ignite the fire in our bellies to make positive change in the world.

In Brunch of the Bonobos, Tristram Stuart will help us bond by feeding each other, hand to mouth. Polly Higgins will be talking to Ed Gillespie about why protecting the earth should be enshrined in international law.

Mac Macartney will launch his book and speak on our Wild Territories panel about rewilding the self, alongside 16-year-old Bird Girl and herbalist Rachel Corby. 5×15 Bristol will be bringing a brilliantly varied quintet of speakers to the event, while Gwyneth Herbert will gather letters from our audience to turn into a kinship song.

We’ll be taking apart and exploring the societal systems that restrict us. Author and presenter Paul Mason will lead us in Global Systems Failure: an interactive board game for 80 people, which rebuilds society from the ground up. Renowned economist John Kay will tell the story of how banks became the most powerful force on the planet. And activist and economist Claire Birkett will be giving us a crash course in economics through games, showing how financial systems affect people and planet.

Thought-provoking films will run alongside it all. We have the premiere of Black Mother, followed by Q&A with Director Khalik Allah, a collaborator on Beyonce’s Lemonade. There will also be a premiere of Magic Medicine, in association with the Bristol Psychedelic Society, which asks whether magic mushrooms can cure depression, with a panel featuring participants from the film. We will have a screening and Q&A from Salad Fingers creator David Firth, on his recent fake news video series, The News That Hasn’t Happened Yet, Manu Delago’s Parasol Peak and parody film Endless Village: 50 years since Brexit.

Thursday night will open with a feast and photographic reportage from Monika Bulaj. We are humbled to have the esteemed Polish photographer, writer, reporter and TED fellow with us to present an amazing show of her photos, travels, ideas and kinships. Monika’s beautiful, moving and painting-like photographs blur religious and cultural divisions, re-imagining identities and blurring borders.

Friday night takes a wild turn with the Post Human Party: a transformational toss-up of music, performance, faith, flesh, makeup, technology, art, alchemy and allegory. Featuring a cornucopia of creatures, artists and musicians that include Miss Hernia, Alabaster and guests, Renu, DJ Harem, and Sara Zaltash who will lead a call to prayer.

Providing the soundtrack to the weekend, we have Haili Mergia lifting off with Ethiopian Jazz Dance, BBC DJ Tom Ravenscroft, prodigies the Honey Hahs, folkloric song-writers Eliza and Martin Carthy, and Grrrl, an electronic music collaboration between revolutionary women from across the world. Plus we’ll have Bristol legend Krust who will be launching his new album, DJ Dad B2B with Lexi and MC Xander.

Over the weekend, training the new generation of change-makers with a series of activist toolkit workshops. The Craftivist Sarah Corbett will lead hands-on workshops in crafty gentle activism, John Paul Flintoff will teach activist self-care and global activist network The Rules will be gathering together activists from across the country, for discussions about our future.

And aside from all that, we’ll have a feral choir, tea ceremonies, live art, immersive theatre and all manner of provocations, as well as artists, scribes and activists in residence making sense of the weekend.

Day time and night time tickets can be bought from

Priced from £15 – £110 for the whole four days.

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