18 Feb 2009
Transition Conference 2009: Dates and Venue Announced
We are delighted to announce the details of the 2009 Transition Network conference. It will be held between lunchtime on Friday 22nd and lunchtime on Sunday 24th May 2009 at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. This is the main event in the annual Transition calendar and is the opportunity to immerse yourself in what is happening in Transition initiatives around the world. The 2009 conference will be our biggest yet, and will keep what has been best about the conferences held thus far (i.e. lots of Open Space and workshops, a football match, an Open Mike in the evening, socialising time) as well as adding some new and exciting elements…
Some of the extra ingredients for 2009, although some of these will be open to rearranging, include;
- The premiere of ….. (drumroll)…. ‘The Transition Movie’
- Training courses, on setting up Community Supported Agriculture initiatives (run by the Soil Association’s CSA team), an introduction to permaculture, a public speaking training, how to facilitate Open Space and the full 2 day Transition Training will be run either side of the conference itself (details to be announced)
- An opportunity to observe and participate in the extraordinary ‘Energy Descent Plan in 2 Hours’ workshop, developed by various Transition initiatives in London
- Rounders (for the footiephobic)
- A major public event one evening (speakers to be confirmed)
- A deep and nourishing experience, designed to maximise productive networking with other people doing Transition work in a wide range of places
The hosts, Battersea Arts Centre, offer both an extraordinary venue and a long history of supporting community based arts and culture events. They are tremendously excited about working with Transition Network for this event. You can read more about the place here. We are honoured to have been invited to make the venue our home for those few days.
More information will follow soon, but for now make sure you put the dates in your diary. We will open for bookings, both for the conference and for the training courses, on the 2nd March. It will be a quite extraordinary few days.
Photos, by Amelia Gregory, show the 2008 Transition Network conference, at the Royal Agricultural College, near Cirencester. A short film about that event can be seen below;