Big Tent Ideas Festival

Saturday August 31st 2019

Mudchute Farm, London E14 3HP

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The Big Tent Values

The Big Tent is strictly non-partisan in its politics, united by a desire to see this political crisis resolved through the broad engagement of multiple actors of all political persuasions and none.

We convene and connect innovators and the non-tribal with genuine, democratic policy making processes, while seeking to catalyse  progressive partnerships and to make a difference both locally and nationally.

We are harnessing the restless spirit of innovation and enterprise, challenging establishment politics, leading change in new and exciting ways, and democratising the way we come up with policy solutions.

We are committed to new ideas, widening political engagement, providing a platform for  all civilised viewpoints, and are committed to  50:50 gender representation.

The Big Tent Ideas Festival is a non-party political forum for people of all political persuasions and none, to come, hear and join in on the debates on the important issues of our time. Participation in the Festival does not represent the Big Tent’s endorsement of the views and actions of contributors. We believe that open, well-informed, civilised debate is a key part of renewing mainstream democracy.

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