The Orwell Lecture: A World Turned Upside Down?
Saturday 4 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Al Ras 3, InterContinental
“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.” – George Orwell
The Orwell Lecture is always one of the Festival’s standout sessions. Each year, a highly regarded speaker delivers a lecture inspired by George Orwell’s writing but also reflecting today’s concerns.This year’s lecture is delivered by the BBC’s James Naughtie, who has in recent months covered both the tense 2016 US presidential election and the UK’s ongoing constitutional upheaval. Both countries have experienced unprecedented political rancour, including far-right politicians entering the mainstream and challenging fundamental ideas of liberal democracy – freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom to vote. What happens next?
Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation