EVENT PROGRAMME FOR THE OXFORD VEGAN FESTIVAL

VIP and disabled entry is 10am onwards
Standard entry is from 10.30am to 5pm

There will be a full programme for 18 November coming here nearer the event. If you would like to do a cooking demo or talk, please email festivals@farplace.org.uk or events@farplace.org.uk

In March 2017 our programme was as follows…

TALKS, FILMS and COOKING
ROOM 1 – TALKS
11.00am-12noon – Issie Hutchinson, Animal Aid’s Director -‘The Vegan Festival of Britain: celebrating a brighter future for animals’
12 noon-1.00pm – Dominic Dyer, CEO of Badger Trust – BADGERED TO DEATH, a talk about Dominic’s book about the catastrophic handling of Bovine TB by the British Government.
1pm-2.00pm – Paul Freestone – The Future of Food. Why the current methods of food production (especially meat, fish & dairy) are totally unsustainable.
2.00pm – 3.00pm – Natalia Doran of Urban Squirrels – DISPELLING THE MYTH OF THE EVIL GREY SQUIRREL
The Myth of the Grey Squirrel can be formulated as follows: they are an invasive alien species, they replace the native red squirrel, destroy trees and reduce the bird population.
These accusations do not usually survive an encounter with general knowledge on the subject. The argument is very often in the detail and Natalie will give an overview of the red squirrels, trees and birds issues, then dwell on the language that the myth is formulated in, and end with putting our attitude to the grey squirrel in the wider context of ethics, thus attempting to answer the question of why the myth takes hold in society.
3.00pm-4.00pm – Paul Freestone –
Animal Testing. Thorough examination of vivisection which shows all the arguments for and against, but clearly argues the ethical case to stop all forms of animal testing.
ROOM 2 – COOKING DEMOS AND FILMS
11.00am-11.30am – Bayo Amisu from Flavours of Africa – SIMPLE VEGAN AFRICAN COOKING
11.35am-12.20pm – Film: The Witness
How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood become an impassioned animal advocate?
In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humour and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.
THE WITNESS has been an official selection in 32 film festivals where it has received eight awards for Best Documentary and two for Best of Festival. It has been broadcast on the independent film showcases of several regional PBS stations, as well as LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and United Kingdom’s Community Channel. Thus far, the film has been translated into 11 languages, including Russian and Chinese.

12.30pm-2.30pm – 4 COOKING DEMOS BY FOOD FOR A FUTURE
12.30pm – The Secrets of Tofu
1.00pm – Vegan Mac N Cheese 3 ways
1.30pm – Simple Soft Vegan Cheese
2.00pm – Sticky Toffee Pudding
2.35pm – Film: Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.