â€¦ and, as ifÂ to continue that very thought above in theÂ post about Ian McEwan, Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine have just announced Dark Mountain FestivalÂ Uncivilisation 2010, from May 28 to 30. In an email, Paul says:
It is deliberately staged to clash with the opening weekend of the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival: as civilised literatureâ€™s establishment grandees gather in Hay, we will muster an opposing army at the other end of Offaâ€™s Dyke, for a very different kind of cultural weekend.
Uncivilisation 2010 will be held in Llangollen â€œat the other end of Offaâ€™s Dykeâ€ among theÂ â€œdark mountains of Walesâ€ and will include contributions fromÂ Alastair McIntosh,Â George Monbiot,Â Tom Hodgkinson,Â Melanie Challenger,Â Glyn Hughes andÂ Jay Griffiths. There will also be music and workshops from Vinay Gupta (Institute for Collapsonomics), Briony Greenhill (The Blended Lifestyle), Anthony McCann (Beyond the Commons).
On the surface the ideas proposed by the Dark Mountain Project is very much the opposite of the RSAâ€™s own worldview. They are broadly pessimistic, inviting us to imagine collapse and to look it in the eye, scoffing at ideas of sustainability.
TheÂ festivalâ€™s webpage says:
UNCIVILISATION is a festival for anyone whoâ€™s sick of pretending that we can make our current way of living â€œsustainableâ€, that we can take control of the planetâ€™s reeling systems, that â€œone more pushâ€ will do it. Itâ€™s time to acknowledge that â€œsaving the planetâ€ is a bad joke. We are entering an age of massive disruption and the task is to live through it as best we can and to look after each other as we make the transition to the unknown world ahead.
But whatâ€™s positive about the project is that it is bent on finding new ways to reimagine our present and future, believing that writers and artists can and should be taking on the riskier task of creating the narratives that are currently so absent in our culture. I suspect that behind the darkness of their mountains lurks a glimmer of light.
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