© 2019 Swindon Spring Festival


PETER STANFORD – on angels, seen or unseeable, and their roles.


Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
12.30pm ~ 8th May ~ £9 (£8) 

What is an angel? Do you believe in angels? Why do many people believe in them? Do angels illuminate a deep truth about human existence and the cosmos, or not?  
One in ten of us claim to have experienced the presence of an angel, and one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. This means that, in terms of statistical popularity, angels are doing better than God. 
Television broadcaster and features writer Peter Stanford is the author of Angels, which takes a very close look at their history, their roles, and the presence of angels in many people’s lives.

Township Theatre Style Workshop – with Tangle International.


Studio One, Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN
Tel: 01793 524481
4pm- 6pm ~ 8th May ~ £10 (£9)

This workshop will be based on exploring the themes of the speeches of Nelson Mandela through drama, movement, and song with an exploration and stimulus from his own writings.
It is offered in advance of the later showing (see 8pm event below) of Life is Wonderful, Sir Nick Stadlen’s documentary film about the Rivonia Trials and Nelson Mandela’s unsung heroes.
The workshop is based on Tangle’s Township Theatre style, and its last production, Water Bread and Salt, see www.tangleinternational.com/productions/water-bread-and-salt/  

Photograph: Helen Murray 

Spring Festival promo!
Young filmmakers from the Create Futures programme mentored by Create Studios will shoot and edit a punchy short promo to encapsulate the happenings and highlights of Swindon’s first Spring Festival. 

RICHARD WILKINSON – on The Inner Level and why equality is better for everyone.


Event CANCELLED. Richard Wilkinson very much regrets having to cancel his appearance at the Festival. He has been diagnosed with a serious health condition that needs urgent surgery but from which he expects to make a full recovery. The Swindon Spring Festival wishes him well.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
6.30pm ~ 8th May ~ £9 (£8) 

How does economic and social inequality affect us as individuals, the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we behave? Why is the incidence of mental illness in the UK twice that in Germany? Why are Americans three times more likely than the Dutch to develop gambling problems? Why is child well-being so much worse in New Zealand than Japan? It is reckoned that the answers to all these question hinge on inequality.
Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and Honorary Professor at University College London Richard Wilkinson is co-author of both The Spirit Level and more recently, The Inner Level.

DOUBLE TICKET for Richard Wilkinson and Life is Wonderful ~ £16

LIFE IS WONDERFUL – a film (88 minutes) about Nelson Mandela’s unsung heroes.

Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481
8pm ~ 8th May ~ £9 (£8) 

Focussing on the intricacies of Mandela’s legal defence, this documentary film takes a close look at the Rivonia Treason trial. It is an inspiring story of immense courage and self-sacrifice on the part of a small group of multiracial idealists.
It tells the story of the infamous trial in a fresh way, by focusing on Mandela’s surviving co-defendants Denis Goldberg and Andrew Mlangeni and the defence lawyers. They included the late Joel Joffe, who also brought much to Swindon. 
Life is Wonderful, edited by James Callum, is a film made by Sir Nick Stadlen, a former High Court Judge, who has unearthed seldom seen or heard archive material. 
For anyone who has questions after the film, there will be an opportunity to ask them. 

Behind every story there is another one . . .