Thursday 2nd February 2017


February’s Salon is ‘Transmission’ about the communication of ideas. We present our live event to review the 300 Salon sessions from 2016 and look forward to 2017.

We’ve co-curated this Salon with the award winning arts curator from Festival Republic, Tania Harrison who is renowned for spotting brilliant ideas first, and who seems to have her finger permanently on the cerebral pulse of live events.

Our Subject of the Year:

Our subject of the year was AI, and every audience we met wanted more, more, more. So to recap, reflect, predict and generally grapple with why, we welcome on to the Salon stage: Dr Robert E Smith (beware the banality of AI), Prof Arthur I Miller (computers will be artists) and Prof Steve Fuller (who wants to live forever) to explain.  They’re all brilliant, they don’t agree and there will be plenty of time for questions.


Then, for the first time in our hometown Salon London’s Helen Bagnall and Juliet Russell bound on to stage to present ‘Gigantic’ – the show they developed to distil the biggest and boldest ideas heard during 2016 in to one half hour.  If you want to know everything that happened without reading the 300 books we did in 2016, then this is the session for you.  N.B. We find this session goes very well with one of the Hospital’s Porn Star Martinis.

Drum Roll Please – Our Speaker of the Year….

…is Danny Dorling the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. Who would have thought social geography was the way to calmly counter this year of post truth and unsettling reality. Danny Dorling's work has been a revelation to us, and has resonated with audiences throughout the UK. Join us to hear him speak and find out who we (in the UK) really are, and what we really want.

Tickets: £15.

We’re at the (gorgeous) Hospital Club. Doors open. 7pm. First Speaker 7:30.

Want more like this in 2017? Become a Salon Member. £75.

Too busy? Join us June 30th – July 2nd for Also: Small Festival. Big Ideas.

Can’t get to us? Read Being A Beast by Charles Foster – it’s our non fiction book of the year.