Lifting the Lid Festival of Death and Dying: 19th – 22nd November

Categories: Education and Featured.

A free festival that lifts the lid on everything death & dying, through conversations, interactive events, workshops, art and craft sessions, live music, poetry and performance from around the world.

Death is of course something that will affect every one of us but can still be extremely challenging to discuss.  This festival will be an opportunity for people to find out as much or as little as they like, allowing people to dip in and out as they feel comfortable.

We hope these events will start to encourage an acceptance of the inevitability of loss and impermanence, and we want to take some of the fear of death away so people can ask questions and talk openly and honestly about their experiences.

Featuring an international line-up of end of life and palliative carers, funeral directors, grief supporters, artists, musicians, writers, doctors, film makers, dancers, pet bereavement counsellors, coffin weavers, and everything in between.

Including palliative care pioneer and author Kathryn Mannix; podcaster and children’s books writer Mark Lemon; Jane Harris, psychotherapist with a personal focus on parental bereavement and co-producer/director of the powerful documentaries ‘Beyond The Mask’ and ‘A Love That Never Dies’ for The Good Grief Project; Dr Susan Srigley’s Death Ambassadors – Nipissing University, Canada; The Pet Loss Lady (recently featured in the Daily Mail); British Empire Medal recipient Paul Jameson founder of Aura; Ugly Bucket Theatre; Death Cafe co-founders; Time Out London’s Rising Talent and Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards UK nominee, Ash Mukherjee hailed as the Best Indian dancer in Great Britain today by Dance Europe. 

Watch this short video for further details…Lifting The Lid Festival of Death and Dying, 19 -21 November 2021

Funeral Director Victoria Keen and multi-media artist Jo Dagless will be co-hosting Lifting The Lid on virtual events platform Hopin from 10am Friday 19th until 10am Monday 22nd November, 2021. 

Free weekend tickets (and list of events and speakers) are available now at Lifting The Lid Festival of Death and Dying(Limited tickets available)

Three days of ideas, information, arts, crafts and ground-breaking insights. We’re really proud of the speakers, collaborators, panels and activities we’ve curated and everyone involved is volunteering their time, there will be opportunities throughout the weekend to support individuals and organisations if you choose to. We have hand selected our speakers and collaborators carefully to bring you a diverse, varied and engaging, international programme of events for all levels of interest.

Live Q&As, in-session chat, book readings, film, debate, activism, video games, interactive and creative sessions. Have your say or just enjoy live music and performances from the comfort of your own home.

Join us for all or any part of our weekend long programme of events. You can pick and choose the sessions you want to join and create your own schedule. Meet other like-minded people, exchange ideas, network, share experiences and virtual contact details if you choose to and lay the foundations for new, fruitful relationships in our brilliant Networking area.

If you miss something go back and watch anything you didn’t catch live, at a time that suits you in our Replay area until 10am Monday 22nd November.





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