#RevFest2022 – a three-day festival of Marxist ideas – begins tomorrow. This year’s event comes at a critical moment, with titanic events shaking society across the world. So get your ticket today, and join the revolution!
The crisis of capitalism descends deeper every day. The global economy is plunging into a new world slump, as central banks hike interest rates in an effort to subdue inflation. The war in Ukraine is escalating and intensifying, as western and Russian imperialism up the ante. And revolutionary movements are breaking out as events shake consciousness – most notably in Iran.
Only a clear Marxist perspective can make sense of this chaos, and show the way out of capitalism’s impasse.
Above all, we need to arm ourselves with the sharpest weapons at our disposal – the revolutionary ideas and experience embodied within Marxist theory.
There has therefore never been a more important time to get organised, educate ourselves, and build the forces of Marxism.
This is the purpose of the upcoming Revolution Festival: a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, which begins tomorrow.
Marx was right. Capitalism must be overthrown. But to change the world, we must first understand it.
— Socialist Appeal (@socialist_app) September 2, 2022
Already, over 500 people are confirmed to be attending this year’s event. This includes comrades from over 14 countries, bringing with them the best political analysis from across the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), and demonstrating socialist internationalism in practice.
For all the details of Revolution Festival 2022 – including the full timetable, ticket sales, and logistics – please visit revolutionfestival.co.uk.
And please spread the word on social media throughout this year’s event with the hashtags #RevFest2022 and #MarxWasRight.
In addition to the incredible programme of talks and discussions already announced – covering a range of topics, from science and philosophy, to war and imperialism – we are pleased to highlight several sessions of significant importance.
The two plenary sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings both come at a critical moment.
Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, will open the festival on Friday, with a talk on ‘War and revolution: A world on the brink’ – a particularly relevant discussion in the midst of the explosive events bursting to the surface across the planet.
In one country after another the combustible material for a revolutionary explosion is being accumulated.
In the opening session of #RevFest2022, Alan Woods will analyse the world situation, outlining the perspective we need to intervene in the class struggle as revolutionaries. pic.twitter.com/HP0EvPnyrY
— Socialist Appeal (@socialist_app) October 3, 2022
Rob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal, meanwhile, will close Saturday’s proceedings with a talk on ‘Preparing for power: Perspectives for the British revolution’. This could not come at a more apt time, with mayhem gripping UK markets, Truss’ Tories being torn asunder, and bitter class battles erupting across industry.
The crisis in Britain is one of the deepest of the G20. The summer strike-wave is transforming into a winter of discontent.
— Socialist Appeal (@socialist_app) October 10, 2022
Furthermore, we have added a number of new sessions to the schedule, covering key questions that are being raised in the movement.
This includes a talk on the militant protests of workers and youth currently shaking the Iranian regime; a session on the reactionary role of the monarchy; and two historical discussions on the 1930s Spanish Revolution and the 1949 Chinese Revolution.
TWO WEEKS TO GO UNTIL #RevFest2022!
Alex from the @brum_marxists is looking forward to high-level political discussions on topics like cryptocurrency, Bonapartism, and British perspectives.
— Socialist Appeal (@socialist_app) October 7, 2022
Marx and Lenin walks
We are also delighted to announce a pair of excellent extra activities for attendees to join before the weekend’s discussions get going.
From 2pm on Friday (21 October), we will be running Marx and Lenin walking tours across central London.
NINE DAYS TO GO until #RevFest2022!
To kick things off, on Friday we will be holding TWO revolutionary walking tours around London, following the footsteps of both Marx and Lenin.
Want to come along? Get your Revolution Festival ticket today!
— Socialist Appeal (@socialist_app) October 12, 2022
The Marx tour – beginning at UCL’s main quad off Gower Street – will take in the places in-and-around Soho where Karl Marx lived, wrote, and politicised, including discussion on the revolutionary ideas and history associated with these locations.
Similarly, the Lenin walk – beginning outside Kings Cross station – will explore the life and ideas of Vladimir Lenin, who spent many years living in London, as he built the Bolsheviks and the forces of Russian Marxism.
Need for theory
Throughout the weekend, we will be running a number of stalls offering a full-range of Marxist literature and merchandise.
Most impressively, we will have a fully-stocked bookshop offering a massive selection of Marxist classics, alongside other key theoretical works by authors from the IMT.
This is being provided and run by our publishing house, Wellred Books, Britain’s Marxist bookshop, which will be launching its brand new website at this year’s event.
The latest title from Wellred, also being launched at Revolution Festival 2022, is a new edition of Alan Woods’ ‘Ireland: Republicanism and Revolution’.
Our latest publication has ARRIVED ✊🚩
— Wellred Books (@WellredBooks) October 10, 2022
Covering the revolutionary ideas of James Connolly – the finest Marxist ever produced by these isles – and the history of the Irish struggle for independence, this book is a must-read socialists in Ireland and Britain, coming at a time when the national question in Ireland is firmly back on the agenda.
Author Alan Woods will also be available for book signings after the opening rally on Friday evening. So head along to this plenary to grab your personalised copy – of this new publication, or any other Wellred titles!
With all of this – and more – on offer at #RevFest2022, it is clear that this year’s festival is not one to be missed.
So get your ticket today – and join the revolution!