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Philosophy Football presents

Art out of Revolution: A 1917 Centenary Night Out

Saturday 21 October
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In a nutshell

With a little help from Mayakovsky, Shostakovich and Taylor Swift (!) Art out of Revolution celebrates the centenary  of October 1917.

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A 1917 centenary night out to celebrate the art of revolution with film, music, comedy, poetry and literature.

The first half of the show includes specially commissioned music and poetry inspired by the theme of 'shaking the world'  We ask whether the spirit of revolution today is dead, alive or kicking and a panel of writers and artists discuss the design, art and literature of 1917.

The second half opens with Des Kapital's Never Mind the Cossacks - a history of 1917 and after told via the songs of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Robbie Williams and others. Yes really, audience singalongs included!

Rosy Carrick's entirely original interpretation of Mayakovsky's epic revolutionary poem Lenin follows, before we fill the dancefloor ahead of a live set inspired by the music of Shostakovich.

Presented by self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’ aka Philosophy Football. In association with the trade union RMT supported by Brigadista Ale and RnR magazine

Who's Involved

Tim Sanders is a left wing cartoonist and illustrator who recently created a graphic novel of the Russian Revolution 1917: Russia’s Red Year with historian John Newsinger

Calum Baird is a singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh. So far in 2017 he has played 100 shows in five different countries including the Rivas-Vaciamadrid festival commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Jarama and Berlin’s Festival Musik und Politik.

Eleanor Penny is a Barbican Young Poet as well as a Senior Editor at Novara Media.

Steve Hedley is the RMT's Senior Assistant General Secretary

Michael Rosen is a much-loved children’s author, Michael’s memoir of growing up in a communist household So They Call You Pisher?  was published in September.

Richard Seymour blogs as ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ and tweets as @leninology he is the author of  Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

Owen Hatherley is the author of Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings

Eldina Begic founded the fashion label Comradettes and is currently completing a PhD at the University of the Arts London on How To Wear Utopia: A Dress Manual for the Socialist Future.

Pete Ayrton is the editor of Revolution! Writing from Russia 1917

Hugh Tisdale is a graphic artist and co-founder of Philosophy Football

Andy Thomas is a comedian and history teacher. His one man show Des Kapital: Never Mind the Cossacks  was a hit at both the Edinburgh and Brighton fringe festivals

Rosy Carrick is a writer, performer and academic. She has recently completed not only editing a brand new publication of Mayakovsky’s epic poem Vladimir Ilyich Lenin but also as a PhD on Mayakovsky and the language of revolution.

The Trans-Siberian March Band are Balkan brass party-starters who provide a flamboyantly colourful mix of  high octane live performances and musical miscellany  of up tempo Russian drinking songs, Klezmer, Turkish  and Gypsy tunes  with a hint of Latin and hiphop for good tuneful measure.

Liz Wheatley is a DJ playing jazz funk, soul and rare grooves with a weekly show on Urban Jazz radio

What people are saying

'Soviet agricultural policy is sung by the audience to Madonna's Like A Virgin before being contrasted to Mao's agricultural policy with the dreary Smith's Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now’  Broadway Baby 4 Star review of Des Kapital at The Edinburgh Festival

'Clever, funny, quarrelsome, astonishing!’ Sabotage review Rosy Carrick

'The Sex Pistols of Balkan Brass' – Time Out on the Trans-Siberian March Band

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Philosophy Football has been using Rich Mix for our twice yearly and very quirky family and children’s events since 2012. Its location, very tasty café, accessibility, variety of spaces and lovely, friendly staff make it near perfect for both us and our audience.'

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Things you should know

Philosophy Football 1917 centenary plates collection, T-shirts, 1917 badge, special offer books available throughout the night.

Suitable for ages 16+

This event is wheelchair accessible.