Haveyou ever wondered what goes on inside the headquarters of a major British daily newspaper? Ever wanted to get the true inside scoop on the stories of the day? Ever wondered wanted to ask the journalists and columnists questions about everything they know? The Guardian’s Open weekend can help with all these things and much more! This is the first time The Guardian has opened its doors to the public in this way and provides a unique opportunity to see how the industry works.
Over the weekend of 24th – 25th March they are hosting over 200 sessions with over 300 speakers from all over the world discussing issues that affect us all. Star speakers include editor Alan Rusbridger and Charlie Brooker, host of Screenwipe and the 10 O’Clock show and regular Guardian columnist. Events will cover everything from politics and economics; with sessions on the economic climate and the Eurozone with talks from the Guardian’s Deborah Orr, Zac Goldsmith MP and Ed Balls MP; to Culture and Music which features talks on creating successful fashion labels, how to publish your own book and creating your own jewellery plus talks from film director Steve McQueen, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and author Ian MacEwan.
There will be representatives from The Guardian’s sport desk in attendance too, including the mysterious Secret Footballer, a current pro who has a regular column in the paper; plus demonstrations from Guardian food writers Felicity Cloake and Allegra McEvedy who will be giving tips on how to cook the perfect breakfast and lunch.
Phone hacking and journalistic ethics is sure to take a high profile over the weekend and a particular highlight will be the debate on the subject at 4.15 on Saturday afternoon featuring speakers Jon Snow, Tom Watson MP, The Guardian’s Marina Hyde, The Mirror’s David Banks and investigative journalist Nick Davies. Expect this one to be a bloody and brutal discussion. Undoubtedly though, the highlight will be Charlie Brooker Live which takes place at 10am on Saturday 24th at King’s Place hall one. His acid tongue will turn to all manner of subjects, including questions from the audience so this is not one to be missed.
Tickets are priced at £40 for Saturday and £30 for Sunday, or £60 for a weekend pass. Children under 16 go free.
Sat 24th March & Sun 25th March