Girton150 Festival Event Listings

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    June 2019
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    June 2019

    Girton150 Festival

    The final programme is currently taking shape. There will be a wide variety of stimulating and engaging events on offer, including lectures, panel discussions, tours and readings which will explore an array of topics relevant to Girton and Girtonians, looking back as well as to the future. We expect to have over 50 events across the weekend, including musical, artistic and dramatic performances, so there will be something for everyone. Why not book your Early Bird Weekend tickets now - there is limited availability- by clicking on the button below. They are a steal at £85 for the weekend. From January next year, Standard Weekend Tickets (at £110) will be available.
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    • 17:00 - 01:00Girton150 Festival

      28th June 2019

      The College looks forward to welcoming back alumni and their guests for a weekend of fun and intellectual stimulation. The Girton150 Festival starts at 5pm with a drinks reception before the Opening Ceremony with guest of honour, The Rt Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond (1963, Law), the College Visitor and President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. After the ceremony, there will be a jazz and brass concert by The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama followed by a BBQ enlivened by performances from magician Tony Rix from Magic Unlimited and comedians including Dr Phil Hammond (1981 Medical Sciences). The evening will continue with more live music – dancing optional – and the College bar will stay open until late for further festivities.



    • 08:30 - 01:00Girton150 Festival

      29th June 2019

      Saturday’s programme during the day will be full and exciting with three or four events to choose from in each time slot. Our speakers will come from the various worlds of media, politics, academia and sport – to mention but a few!
      Recent confirmed speakers include:

      Lord Rees of Ludlow (Martin Rees), will talk about his new book The Future.

      • The Final 150th Anniversary lecture will be given by Dame Karen Pierce (1978, English) Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN in New York.

      • A UK Higher Education Panel Discussion towards Brexit with Professor Stephen Toope, vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and Professor Madeleine Atkins (1971, Law).

      Jessica Swale’s Blue Stockings, will be performed live in its original Girton setting.

      Lord Williams of Oystermouth (Rowan Williams) will lead a panel discussion on Religion and Equality.

      A musical concert featuring well-known international artists in early music
      Further activities and attractions on the Saturday include more lectures, panel discussions, Poetry readings, Girton Tales – glimpses behind the scenes, (self) guided tours around the College and re-enactments of the College history.



    • 08:30 - 17:00Girton150 Festival

      30th June 2019

      As well as continuing the anniversary programme of lectures, discussions and tours for alumni, Girton will welcome families and local residents to enjoy family friendly activities such as sporting events, master classes, and storytelling. Everyone will then come together for the formal reopening of Honeysuckle Walk over afternoon tea and the closing ceremony.
      Highlights of the Sunday include a Lecture on suffragette posters and the University Library exhibition, a panel discussion hosted by Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern (1960, Archaeology and Anthropology and Former Mistress) and a lecture on Professor Joan Robinson (1922, Economics) by Lord John Eatwell, President of Queens’ College, Cambridge.
      Further activities and attractions on Sunday include a music concert, tea dances, re-enactments of the College history, Penny Farthing bike riding, book and poetry readings.