Is it possible to design a perfect society? Which foods are beneficial for both humans and the planet? Is clean eating really good for you? These are just some of the questions to be debated at Life Lessons, a brand new thought festival taking place at The Barbican Centre in February 2020, curated by The Sunday Times.
A line-up of bestselling authors, world-class thinkers and influential figures will come together for a weekend of talks and debates, including Bill Bryson, Derren Brown, Richard Dawkins, Alain de Botton, Rangan Chatterjee and Ruby Wax. The aim is for visitors to go away with not only a fresh perspective, but tangible knowledge to carry forwards into their day-to-day lives. The festival will tackle questions big and small, covering topics such as nutrition, health, psychology, society, business and sustainable living.
Alongside this, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in an array of mindful activities, from yoga to meditation to crafting to sound therapy, with taster sessions on offer for guests to explore new skills.
Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, said of the event, ‘Every day, we are bombarded with new ways to improve ourselves, to be happy, to live well. It’s impossible to work out which ones are the real deal and which are just snake oil. Until now.
‘At the inaugural Life Lessons weekend, our mission is to find the answers to life, the universe and everything. With the help of a carefully curated line-up of smart thinkers, we’ll apply a healthy dose of scepticism and a large chunk of science to an industry and world built on promises. What does a healthy society look like? Is it possible to parent mindfully? And where are we on butter?’
The Barbican Centre, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS
15 – 16 February 2020
Pre-sale tickets are available from 29 November 2019, general release go on sale 1 December. Visit lifelessonsfestival.com for more details and to pre-register.