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Revolution Festival 2021

Revolution Festival is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted by Socialist Appeal, taking place in London between 29-31 October.
With a range of fascinating talks on pressing topics, and an incredible line-up of speakers, this year’s festival will be our biggest in-person event to date.
The pandemic has sharpened the class struggle worldwide, with workers and youth beginning to move against the capitalist system – a system that is responsible for racism, state violence, oppression, imperialism, and the global climate catastrophe.
The rottenness of capitalism has been laid bare for all to see. Two years on since the outbreak of COVID-19, the ruling class is carrying out a fresh wave of austerity and attacks, looking to make workers, the youth, and the poor pay for the crisis.
And while billionaires like Jeff Bezos are shooting off into space, billions are struggling to make ends meet back down on Earth.
A growing number are pointing the finger directly at capitalism as the root of the problems facing society. That is why the theme of this year’s festival is Socialism In Our Time – a demand that resonates with the new generation, to whom the status quo offers no future.
Capitalism must be overthrown. But to do this, we need to get organised, and arm ourselves with the revolutionary ideas required to transform the world.
So buy your ticket now for this exciting and inspiring festival – and join the revolution!
Please note, we will be asking for attendees to present one of the following on the door: a vaccination passport (this can be found in the NHS phone app if you have been double-jabbed), or a negative lateral flow test (these can be ordered online or picked up for free at any pharmacy).
We will also be asking attendees to wear face masks while inside Friends House, to reduce the risk of spreading COVID.
Please do your best to adhere to these requirements - we must protect the health of the revolution!

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Logistics & locations

Revolution 2021 is being held at Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ

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Revolution Festival 2021 will take place at Friends House on Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ.

Sessions will take place in the main hall (The Light), and various break-out rooms which will be signposted on the day. The venue and all rooms are fully accessible.

Registration and tickets will be available in all rooms. Books and merchandise will be available for sale in the main hall foyer throughout the weekend.

There will also be a pub social on the Saturday evening at The Knights Templar Wetherspoons, 95 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DT

Nearest stations are: Euston Square (Circle line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line), Euston Station (National Rail, Northern line, Victoria line), Russell Square (Piccadilly line), and Kings Cross & St Pancras International.


For those travelling to the festival from further afield and who require accommodation, below are some recommendations for hostels to book for the weekend - though you may want to investigate further for yourselves. 

It is sometimes possible to secure discounts when booking for a large group, so if you’re coming with friends it's worth looking into a group booking.

St. Christopher’s Village, Waterloo

Prime Backpackers, Angel

Astor Museum Inn, Bloomsbury 

We recommend organising this as soon as possible, to make sure that you can secure rooms before they become fully booked. We also recommend avoiding the absolute cheapest hostels in London, as these can often be unsafe.

Anyone who is finding it exceptionally difficult to secure accommodation for the weekend in London, please send an email to contact@revolutionfestival.co.uk and we will do everything we can to help out. 


Alan Woods is the editor of In Defence of Marxism and an acclaimed Marxist author.

Alan will be speaking at Revolution Festival 2021 for the launch of his latest book, The History of Philosophy: A Marxist Perspective

Rob Sewell is the editor of Socialist Appeal and author of In the Cause of Labour and Chartist Revolution.

Rob will open this year's festival with a rally on Marxism and the labour movement as well as hosting a talk on the life and ideas of Lenin.

Fiona Lali is the national organiser of the Marxist Student Federation.

Fiona is speaking at this year's festival on Culture wars and the fight against racism.


If you have any questions about Revolution 2021, please fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. To book your place at this year's festival, please click here.