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PRESS RELEASE: MEDICINE FESTIVAL OFFERS FREE, LIVE, ONLINE SESSIONS: MUSIC, CLASSES, TALKS & FILM

Updated: May 28

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MEDICINE FESTIVAL OFFERS FREE, LIVE, ONLINE SUMMER SESSIONS: MUSIC, CLASSES, TALKS AND FILM

Ahead of the planned Medicine festival at Wasing Estate, Berkshire, 27 – 31 August, the festival team has launched an online programme offering free, uplifting live video sessions including talks, performances, wellbeing classes and Q&As.

The sessions, which feature guest speakers and performers, are running every Sunday at 8pm throughout May, June, July and August to give people inspiring content during lockdown and beyond.

Following sessions previously streamed in April, the content is proving popular among people interested in Indigenous wisdom, environmentalism, green living, activism, futurology, holistic health, social entrepreneurship, wellbeing and spirituality.

The Medicine online sessions producer, Zak Avery, said: “We’re doing our bit to support the public during this incredibly tough time by offering a weekly dose of uplifting and engaging content. With many people experiencing frustration, fear and anxiety, we hope our eclectic programme provides entertainment as well as opportunities to focus on how we can play a part in creating a better future. After all, focusing on the positives is wonderful for our wellbeing – a sort of remedy. We’re immensely grateful to all of our session guests, who are giving their time free of charge.”

The Sunday sessions:

Sunday 3 May: Dennis Mckenna, co-founder of the Heffter Research Institute, and Ben de Loenen, author and filmmaker, come together to discuss the future of plant medicine and its role in society.

Sunday 10 May: The award-winning BBC documentary maker, Bruce Parry, collaborates with Flourishing Diversity to discuss how ancient wisdom and knowledge can help solve current challenges in society and the environment.

Sunday 17 May: Social entrepreneur and activist, Alnoor Ladha, shares his thoughts on new activism, structural causes of inequality and the link between climate change and poverty.

Sunday 24 May: Musician Adrian Freedman will give a serene performance, playing the shakuhachi bamboo Zen flute from Japan.

Sunday 31 May: Patrick Walker, entrepreneur and former head of Facebook’s media partnerships, and Benji Vaughan, entrepreneur and musician, share their thoughts on how technology can shape communities in a positive way.

Sunday 7 June: International breath coach and author, Rebecca Dennis, joins Kurikindi, a Kichwa Shaman from the Ecuadorian rainforest, in a breathing and healing circle with wisdom, songs and teachings from the Amazon.

Sunday 14 June: Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer focusing on connections between psychology, mythology and ecology. She is joined by Advaya to explore the topic of system change.

Sunday 21 June: Rory Spowers, writer, campaigner and event curator, focuses his talk on his specialism of systems change, and ecological and consciousness issues.

Sunday 28 June: American performer Peia Luzzi leads a music workshop and performs songs inspired by her ancestral roots of Celtic and European folk music.

The line-up for July and August is to be announced in the near future.

People can join the sessions here: Facebook and YouTube. The trailer for the sessions is also on Facebook.

The mission of the Medicine gathering is a progressive one. It aims to explore solutions – or the ‘medicine’ – that the planet and its people so desperately needs. It promises to unite ancestral wisdom, art, wellbeing, future thinking, food, environmentalism, spirituality, music, dance, performance and creativity. The event aims to encourage people to make things better by combining technologies and science with ancient wisdom and ancestral practices.

Visit the Medicine website: www.medicinefestival.com.

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Notes to Editors

For media enquiries and requests, contact: Elma Glasgow, elma@medicinefestival.com +44 (0)7738004670

About Medicine

● Medicine is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C) funded by a Council of social investors

● Council members include Seth Tabatznik, Remi Olajoyegbe, Jimena Paratcha, Moshe Halperin, George Barker, Joshua Dugdale and Ben Christie.

● At the heart of Medicine is the intention to inspire and enable the new activism required to address systemic challenges facing global civilization. It is our vision to:

o REMEMBER our authentic selves and innate wisdom

o RESTORE our place within nature

o REIMAGINE the healthy and diverse societies we need

o REGENERATE the planet to assure a flourishing future for all life

● Medicine is about creating greater harmony between the human species and the planet with as light a footprint as possible. Read the festival’s eco policy.

● From Thursday 27 to Monday 31 August 2020 the event will offer experiences curated around music, learning, wellbeing, ancient wisdoms, food and kids, with world-class experts, change makers, thought leaders and facilitators.

● Medicine chooses not to make a profit from alcohol sales. No alcohol will be available to buy and people are unable to bring their own alcohol to consume.

● Ticket, travel and accommodation information: https://medicinefestival.com/festival-info/travel-stay/

● Location information: https://medicinefestival.com/location-wasing/


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