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SATURDAY JULY 17 2021

Join us for an afternoon about society & the community, followed by an out-of-this-world evening on nature, science, and the universe. Each ticket includes a choice of two books; Universal by Prof. Brian Cox, or Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy by Mary Portas.

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Arrive curious, listen, laugh and leave relaxed and a just that little bit enlightened

A Saturday Like No Other!

Welcome to your perfect Saturday out.  In London’s secret oasis, sit back by the lake with a glass of something lovely and be inspired with talks from Britain’s most beloved presenters, fiercest and funniest thinkers, and scientific heroes.

Saturday at Life Lessons will kick off with the fiercest thinker in British business and society today, Mary Portas, in an afternoon all about race, allyship, and building a better society. Join Mary Portas, Magid Magid & Marie Le Conte; Nikesh Shukla & Emma Dabiri as they have agenda-setting conversations and ask; what’s next after the BLM protests? What can you do to disrupt the status quo for the better?

In the break, lose yourself in our wellbeing marketplace, stretch your mind and body in our range of free workshops or wander the 60 acres of lush gardens, enjoying the landscape and architecture. 

Come evening, see Britain’s most beloved science presenter, Prof. Brian Cox, in the most intimate setting yet. Join us for an out-of-this-world evening on nature, science, and the universe with Prof. Brian Cox & Robin Ince, Bella Lack; Prof Jim Al-Khalili, and the heroes who developed the vaccine; Prof. Dame Sarah Gilbert, Prof. Catherine Green, and James Ball. Together, they will share their big ideas on climate, the pandemic, and the future of science, asking: what’s next for our world and how do we save our planet?

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Afternoon

SOCIETY & COMMUNITY

Meet the fiercest thinker in British business and society today, Mary Portas, in an afternoon all about race, allyship, and building a better society. Join Mary Portas, Magid Magid & Marie Le Cont; Nikesh Shukla & Emma Dabiri as they have agenda-setting conversations and ask; what’s next after the BLM protests? What can you do to disrupt the status quo for the better?

Tickets include a copy of "Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy" by Mary Portas.

AFTERNOON HOSTS

Mary Portas

Mary Portas

Mary Portas is one of the UK's most high-profile businesswomen. After making her name transforming Harvey Nichols into London's sexiest fashion destination, Mary launched her own retail consultancy, Portas, which works with clients ranging from Louis Vuitton to Sainsbury's. She has been a regular on our TV screens, advised the government on the future of high streets and developed a fashion label. Her proudest achievement to date is the creation of twenty-six Mary's Living & Giving shops for Save the Children. She is the author of Shop Girl and Work Like a Woman. Author of How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy
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Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is an author, screenwriter and one of the most prominent UK voices on diversity and inclusion in the arts. He is the editor of bestselling essay collection The Good Immigrant, which won the Reader’s Choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards, and was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. He is the author of a number of novels for both adults and young adults including Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize), Meatspace, Run Riot, The Boxer and co-editor of The Good Immigrant USA. Author of Brown Baby: A memoir of race, family and home
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Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri is a teaching fellow in the African department at SOAS, a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths and the author of Don't Touch My Hair, which was an Irish Times bestseller. She has presented several television and radio programmes including BBC Radio 4's critically-acclaimed documentaries 'Journeys into Afro-futurism' and 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces'.
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Magid Magid

Magid Magid

Magid Magid is a Somali-born black Muslim refugee who became the youngest ever Lord Mayor of Sheffield and one of the last UK MEPs. Author of The Art of Disruption: a manifesto for real change. If you ever doubt that you can make a difference, read this book! Full of inspiration, imagination, and above all, hope, Majid Majid offers a guide for anyone who want to achieve change and fight injustice, and shows from his own experience the extraordinary things that can happen when you refuse to take No for an answer. - Caroline Lucas, former Leader of the UK Green Party
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Marie Le Conte

Marie Le Conte

Marie Le Conte is a freelance political journalist based in London. She writes for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times, VICE, GQ and Vogue, and her first book, Haven't You Heard? Gossip, Politics and Power was the i's political book of the year. Her second, Honourable Misfits: A Brief History of Britain's Weirdest, Unluckiest and Most Outrageous MPs will be out on July 22.
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AFTERNOON SCHEDULE

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TALK 1

The Art of Disruption: lessons in living better together with Magid Magid Interviewed by Marie Le Conte

A Somali-born black Muslim refugee, Magid Magid overcame adversity to become a Lord Mayor - and to ban Donald Trump from Sheffield. Radical, loving, funny and heart-warming, join Magid Magid as he gives us his recipe for disrupting the status quo and his dreams for a better society.

Marie Le Conte is a freelance political journalist based in London. She writes for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times, VICE, GQ and Vogue, and her first book, Haven't You Heard? Gossip, Politics and Power was the i's political book of the year. Her second, Honourable Misfits: A Brief History of Britain's Weirdest, Unluckiest and Most Outrageous MPs will be out on July 22.

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TALK 2

Conversations on race: a how-to guide with Nikesh Shukla and Emma Dabiri

Welcome to your masterclass in difficult conversations, where we ask: what’s next after BLM? How can we turn anger into everyday activism? How can we foster positive conversations about race, injustice and allyship? And how can we raise young people to do better than we’ve done?

Joining this panel is the brilliant journalist and host of podcast Brown Baby, Nikesh Shukla and author of "What White People Can Do Next", Emma Dabiri.

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TALK 3

Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy with Mary Portas

Business has done the biggest, fastest and cheapest; but what if it were to do the best? For us and the planet? Balancing the key principles of profit and social progress, Mary Portas asks in this conversation: what if we all just re-set and spent our money a bit better?

Attendees of this session will receive: Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy by Mary Portas.

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Evening

NATURE, SCIENCE & THE UNIVERSE

His talks fill stadiums: see Britain’s most beloved science presenter, Prof. Brian Cox, in the most intimate setting yet. Join us for an out-of-this-world evening on nature, science, and the universe with Prof. Brian Cox & Robin Ince, Bella Lack; Prof Jim Al-Khalili, and the heroes who developed the vaccine; Prof. Sarah Gilbert, Dr. Catherine Green, and James Ball. Together, they will share their big ideas on climate, the pandemic, and the future of science, asking: what’s next for our world and how do we save our planet?

Each ticket includes a copy of “Universal” by Prof. Brian Cox.

EVENING HOSTS

Prof. Brian Cox

Prof. Brian Cox

Brian Cox is a Professor of Particle Physics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, and works at the CERN laboratory in Geneva. Author of Universal
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Robin Ince

Robin Ince

Robin Ince is an English comedian, actor and writer, known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox, his appearances alongside Ricky Gervais, and his stand-up comedy career.
Prof. Sarah Gilbert

Prof. Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert is Professor of Vaccinology at the Jenner Institute within the University of Oxford. Having devoted her career to developing vaccines against nasty diseases, since January 2020 she has been the Oxford Project Leader for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Professor Gilbert is the mother of 21-year-old triplets, an experience which she says has helped to prepare her for the demands and pressures of her current role.
Dr. Catherine Green

Dr. Catherine Green

Dr Catherine Green is Associate Professor in Chromosome Dynamics at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, a Senior Research Fellow at Exeter College, and Head of Oxford University's Clinical BioManufacturing Facility. As a specialist in manufacturing vaccines for clinical trials, she is an integral part of the Oxford Vaccine project.
Prof. Jim Al-Khalili

Prof. Jim Al-Khalili

Jim is a well-known science communicator, author and broadcaster. He has written eleven popular science books, between them translated into 26 languages.
James Ball

James Ball

James Ball is a journalist, broadcaster, author and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. Currently global editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, he has previously worked for BuzzFeed, The Guardian and Wikileaks, where he was closely involved in Cablegate – the publication of 250,000 classified US embassy cables in 2010 – as well as working on two documentaries based on the Iraq War Logs. His latest book, "The System: who owns the internet and how it owns us" was published by Bloomsbury in August 2020.
Bella Lack

Bella Lack

Bella Lack, 18-year-old environmental and wildlife campaigner, is on a mission to redesign our future. She is an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, STAE, RSPCA and the Jane Goodall Institute and utilises the power of technology (in the form of social media, video-making and blogging) to try to educate and inspire a wide group of people to protect the natural world. She's delivered speeches for the People’s Walk for Wildlife, the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference and TEDX 2019.
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EVENING SCHEDULE

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TALK 1

Climate activism: a how-to guide with Bella Lack

For many, the climate crisis = despair. But where exactly are we? On the big picture - on policy, government action and international accord? And what can each and every one of us in our daily lives do to truly make a difference?

Bella Lack, 18 year-old climate activist, TEDX talker and colleague of Jane Goodall, as they get to grips with all this and more.

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TALK 2

The Pandemic: how has it changed science, people and the planet? With Pro. Jim Al-Khalili, Prof. Sarah Gilbert, Dr. Catherine Green, Hosted by James Ball.

No one could have predicted all the many ways in which the pandemic has affected science, people and the planet. It’s been embroiled in economics, international power play, fake news and climate change. It’s taken us on a long journey, but where’s next?

Joining this panel is eminent science communicator and physicist, Prof. Jim Al-Khalili, Prof. Sarah Gilbert and Dr. Catherine Green, the women behind the Oxford Vaccine. Hosted by journalist and author, James Ball.

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TALK 3

Balance: lessons from the Universe for Planet Earth with Prof. Brian Cox and Robin Ince

From one of the biggest brains on the planet comes a conversation about the universe: about the life lessons it can teach us; and about balance and order.

Attendees of this session will receive a copy of Universal by Professor Brian Cox.

HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome to your perfect day out.  In between talks in London’s secret oasis, why not explore the other incredible things the festival has to offer? Sit back by the lake with a glass of something lovely, lose yourself in our wellbeing marketplace, stretch your mind and body in our range of free workshops or wander the 60 acres of lush gardens, enjoying the landscape and architecture.  Sink into a deckchair with a book or share a coffee with a like-minded soul.

SHOPPING VILLAGE

SHOPPING VILLAGE

Browse our beautiful Marketplace and take a look at products and services from a carefully selected range of no-nonsense wellness brands. This is a strictly fad-free zone.

VENUE

VENUE

Life Lessons' new open-air setting is the grounds of the magnificent 18th century villa, Chiswick House & Gardens, west London. Only 15 minutes by tube from Central London.

WELLBEING WORKSHOPS

WELLBEING WORKSHOPS

Included within your ticket, you will also have access to some unique workshops, giving practical tools to help you live better.

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The Venue

Chiswick House & Gardens

Life Lessons' new open-air setting is in the grounds of the magnificent 18th century villa, Chiswick House & Gardens, west London. Only 15 minutes by tube from Central London.

REVIEWS

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Life Lessons has changed the way I’m going to do my events. I’ve been to so many talks here and they’re fantastic. I’m so grateful. I’d love to do more work with you

Ruby Wax

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I had a wonderful time at Life Lessons – even better than I expected, and I was expecting a lot. All the visitors I spoke to told me they'd had a fantastic day.

Bill Bryson

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Life Lessons is a great idea. It feels like there’s not enough of it. I would like to think that this is the start of a sea-change I guess. In that it’s something going forward that people realise needs to be part of our everyday thinking.

Romesh Ranganathan

FAQs

Tickets for Life Lessons Festival will include 6 talks on our main stage, a choice of two books by one of our speakers and access to the rest of the festival. 

Friday 16th July 

  • The event opens at 1pm and closes at 9:30pm (last entry 8:30pm)

Saturday 17th July

  • The event opens at 1pm and closes at 9:30pm (last entry 8:30pm)

Sunday 18th July

  • The event opens at 10am and closes at 6pm (last entry 5pm)

The Timetable is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change. Additional speakers and/or sessions may be added at a later date.

Tickets for each day will include 6 talks on our main stage, a choice of two books by one of our speakers, and access to the rest of the festival. 

STANDARD tickets include - entry to a full day which includes 6 talks on our main stage, a choice of two books by one of the speakers and access to the festival site where you'll find our exhibitor marketplace, workshops and delicious food and drink offering. 

PREMIUM tickets include - all of the above, plus an additional book and premium viewing of the main stage. 

The book(s) included in your ticket will be available to collect at the event.

Standard Ticket Holders

Standard ticket holders will receive the following book corresponding with the session they are attending. 

  • Friday - A choice of:
    • Feel Great, Lose Weight: Long term, simple habits for lasting and sustainable weight loss by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
    • And Now For The Good News...: The much needed tonic for our frazzled world by Ruby Wax
  • Saturday - A choice of: 
    • Rebuild: How to thrive in the new Kindness Economy by Mary Portas
    • Universal by Prof Brian Cox
  • Sunday - A choice of:
    • Step by Step: The Life In My Journeys by Simon Reeve
    •  Quite by Claudia Winkleman

Premium Ticket Holders

Premium ticket holders will receive an additional book from the below depending on the session that they are attending. 

  • Friday - A choice of: 
    • Plant Based Diet Revolution by Dr Alan Desmond
    •  How to Build A Healthy Brain by Kimberley Wilson
  • Saturday - A choice of:
    • Brown Baby: A memoir of race, family and home by Nikesh Shukla 
    • Vaxxers: the inside story of the Oxford vaccine and the race against the virus by Professor Sarah Gilbert and Dr Catherine Green
  • Sunday - A choice of: 
    • Back to Nature: How to love life - and save it by Chris Packham and Megan McCubin
    • Everything You Really Need to know About Politics: My Life as an MP by Jess Phillips

You will receive a confirmation email with your booking immediately after purchase. Your tickets will be sent to you via email for you to print at home in the week prior to the event taking place. Please print out all the pages of the e-ticket and bring them with you to gain entry to the event. 

Alternatively, you may present your e-ticket on your mobile device (please download it to your device in advance as mobile connectivity strength differs in some venues). 

Each ticket is only valid for admission once and should not be duplicated.

We are continually monitoring Government guidelines and in the unlikely event that we do cancel the event do to COVID19, we will provide a full refund, inclusive of booking and transaction fees, within 5-7 days of notifying you. 

If you have symptoms or need to self-isolate following a positive test for COVID19 or have been asked to do so by NHS Track & Trace we will issue you a refund for some or all of your tickets, as required, but we must receive notification by 10am on the day that you are due to attend - info@lifelessonsfestival.com

If you are unable to travel to the event due to a local Lockdown, we will issue you a full refund.

The festival is committed to ensuring it is an event that everyone can attend. Our full access policy will be published nearer the event. 

There will be wheelchair accessible toilets located throughout the festival site. 

If you have any questions please email info@lifelessonsfestival.com

All disabled visitors attending Life Lessons on a paid for ticket are entitled to bring one carer free of charge. 

To apply for a carer ticket, please email info@lifelessonsfestival.com with your order reference number and proof of disability, i.e. that you are in receipt of the middle or higher rate care component of the disability living allowance (DLA) or personal independence payment (PIP). Once agreed a free carer's ticket will be added to your order and will be sent to you along with your other tickets. 

Due to the adult nature of some of our lessons, no one under the age of 14 is permitted to attend this event. Children aged between 14 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 years.

For all press enquiries please contact our marketing team on info@lifelessonsfestival.com


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