Feed your mind at the spoken word

The MindField spoken word arena returns again to Electric Picnic with a stimulating spark-filled programme designed to entertain, inform and inflame.

The MindField spoken word arena returns again to Electric Picnic with a stimulating spark-filled programme designed to entertain, inform and inflame.

Set among the ancient trees on the lawns of Stradbally Hall fans will find an oasis of literary readings, political debate, performance poetry, science experiments, inspiring talks, news quizzes, public conversations and much more. With the Puball Gaeilge Irish language stage back, the inclusion of the Amnesty Stage for the first time and the feast for the senses that is the Theatre of Food, the MindField Arena invites people to fill their brains with new thoughts, ideas and experiences that they hope will engage and help inspire people to all be change makers.

At the heart of MindField is the Leviathan tent where economist, author and broadcaster, David McWilliams will host three special Leviathan: Political Cabaret events with panels of eminent international and Irish journalists, academics, politicians and commentators.

Topics include: Does Ireland Really Need a Second Republic? with Fintan O’Toole (The Irish Times), Carol Hunt (Sunday Independent) and Paddy Cosgrave (F.ounders); How Can We Solve the Global Economic Crisis? hosted by Gunther Grun of the ECB (aka Barry Murphy) with David McWilliams, Peter Antonioni (University College London, Economics for Dummies), Professor Brian Lucey (TCD), Norah Casey (Entrepreneur, Dragon’s Den) and Margaret E Ward; Democracy Next?: Revolution in the Muslim World with Libyan-Irish officer of the Tripoli Brigade, Hussam Najjair, who fought in Libya and more recently in Syria; Mary Fitzgerald, foreign correspondent of The Irish Times and others, all with musical satire from Paddy Cullivan (Late Late Show House Band).

RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan will host a public conversation in association with Ashoka, which follows on from their groundbreaking ChangeNation events earlier this year at Farmleigh and Dublin Castle featuring some of the world’s leading, change-making social entrepreneurs including Brendan Dunford (Burren Beo), Krystian Fikert (MyMind), Sharon Kielthy (McKinsey) and Erin Fornoff (Ashoka). For more visit www.electricpicnic.ie.