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Illuminating talks, fascinating conversations…

Illuminating talks, fascinating conversations…

When Sir Clough Williams-Ellis created the magical village of Portmeirion, he wanted it to be a haven for creativity that inspired artists. Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit here, and it’s long been a favoured retreat for writers and artists. Which is why we’ve always made sure spoken word, talks and fascinating conversations between innovative artists are an integral part of No.6. From Goldie to the Good Immigrant, Maxine Peake to Irvine Welsh, Adam Buxton’s celebration of David Bowie to Paul Morley’s appreciation of Anthony H Wilson, here are just a few of the highlights from the talks and conversations that we will be hosted in Portmeirion this September…

IRVINE WELSH

The brilliant Irvine Welsh will also be back at Festival No.6 for the third year running. The Sunday Times declared Welsh a “Genius. The best thing that has happened to British writing for decades.” Irvine first came to No.6 three years ago and loves it so much he returns every year, and is always a smash hit.

ANTHONY H WILSON TRIBUTE

This August marks 10 years since the passing on Anthony H Wilson, founder of Factory Records, indefatigable broadcaster, music mogul, social activist, proud northerner, writer & cultural alchemist. No.6 will be paying tribute to Wilson with a selection of clips and invited guests such as the Paul Morley, whose long awaited book on Wilson, seven years in the making, will be published shortly by Faber.

CHARLOTTE CHURCH

The brilliant Charlotte Church returns to Festival No.6 after her incredible performance on the main stage last year, as part of David Bowie Reimagined, and her magical, intimate Town Hall set. This year, as well as her Late Night Pop Dungeon live set, she will be talking about her career and activism, as part of Peaky’s Parlour, curated by Maxine Peake. Be seeing you Charlotte…

PEAKY’S PALOUR CURATED BY MAXINE PEAKE

No.6 is delighted to welcome the brilliant Maxine Peake back to Portmeirion to curate her own stage. Peaky’s Parlour will be a mixture of spoken word music and screenings hosted by Maxine with some of her artistic friends and colleagues including Diane Morgan, Charlotte Church and a first look at Funny Cow, Maxine Peake’s new film about a Northern stand-up comedian.

THE GOOD IMMIGRANT

The Good Immigrant brings together 21 writers on what it means to be Black, Asian and minority ethnic in Britain today, including Riz Ahmed to Vera Chok, edited by Nikesh Shukla. We’re delighted to welcome three of the brilliant authors, actor Himesh Patel, actress and performer Vera Chok and editor Coco Khan to Festival No.6 to read from and talk about The Good Immigrant.

LOLLY ADEFOPE

Lolly is one of the most acclaimed and exciting comedy performers to emerge in recent years. The Observer’s Rising Star of Comedy for 2017, Chortle Variety and Character Award winner 2017 and Evening Standard’s Fresh Faces of 2016. She’s also appeared on QI, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, The Last Leg and The Chris Ramsey Show, and we’re delighted to welcome her to Portmeirion.

ADAM BUXTON’S BUG: DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL

We’re excited to welcome Adam Buxton to No.6 for the first time. A must-see for Bowie fans, this BUG Special is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some key moments from David Bowie’s life and career on the big screen – and remember the indelible mark he made on our cultural landscape.

GOLDIE WITH MARY ANNE HOBBS

Drum ‘n bass maestro Goldie also makes his No.6 debut this year. Alongside his ‘Journey Man’ set and a drum’n’bass DJ set, he’ll be in conversation with BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs, talking about his life career and music, from Metalheadz to conducting classical orchestras to his brilliant new record Journey Man.

KEVIN ALLEN: TIN TOWN

Director Kevin Allen will be back at No.6 to talk about the long-awaited sequel to the 1997 classic Twin Town. Set in a clandestine homegrown weed producing community in Wales, Tin Town will be shot this summer, introducing a few new characters and revisiting some from Twin Town; Bryn Cartwright and Rhys Ifans.

 

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