In a revamping of our Economic Burlesque* series, The Cockpit presents FUTURES BURLESQUE.

An ongoing series of talks that strive to introduce a new dialogue on the issues currently in public consciousness and those near and dear to us.

It's time to challenge the way we think and converse.

Coming up: 

March 2017: Repetitive Beats. Our right to party. (dates TBC)

With the closure of Passing Clouds and Fabric, rising rents and the refusal of licenses, it's as if the clamping down that happened in 1994 is happening once again. 
But is this history repeating itself? Or has the scene changed so much that drastic measures are the only options left? 

1989, affectionately known as The Second Summer Of Love, was the start of a soft revolution against Thatcher's Britain. A disillusioned youth fighting back.
Then in 1994 when the Criminal Justice act came in, finally the police had this immense power to close parties that included sounds “... characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats.”
What is the legacy of the period? Were lives protected by the ban or were the dangers of binge drinking during the ladette culture of the mid ‘90s, triggered by clamping down on the rave scene?
And where are we now? Are the closing nightclubs an example of zealous governance? or the result of changing fashions and a ‘retreat' from love’?

We'll revisit a social movement that had an impact on the way we party, the music we listen to, the festivals we attend & the way we live our social lives now.

A frank exploration of the social significance and effects (both detrimental & positive) this era had.

Free to attend. More details of speakers to follow. 

Previous Futures Burlesque events 

Monday 20 July 2016 , 7pm - Housing and Homelessness

Monday 21  September 2016, 7pm - Welfare Reforms and Women

Monday 23 November 2016, 7pm - Futures Burlesque does Church street

*Economics Burlesque was a series of debates and discussions in association with The LSE & The Institute of Ideas.