This event took place on Saturday 28 November 2015 at the British Film Institute on London’s South Bank. More than 300 people joined us in the main auditorium for a stimulating and spirited afternoon of discussion and performances, hosted by the journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow.
In an exceptional keynote speech, the Guardian journalist Gary Younge reflected on issues around politics and race, both in the UK and America. ‘If politics is the art of the possible’ he said, ‘then radical politics, the kind of politics that Stuart espoused, must at very least engage with, showcase and promote new possibilities.’ He went on to invite us to consider ‘the space that is available for political debate at this point … and the necessity to expand that space so that progressive discourse can have the room to breathe.’
Professor Catherine Hall and the novelist Andrea Levy read extracts from Stuart’s forthcoming memoir Familiar Stranger, A life between two islands, and Jennifer Reid performed a selection of English folk songs and dances based on her performance for the 2015 Venice Biennale.
The launch created the opportunity for guests to join our growing list of supporters and to make a donation in support of the development of our three-year programme. Through the generosity of many donors, we raised £138,000 towards the £300,000 target. To all our donors and supporters we offer our sincere thanks.