eavesdropping symposium: season 2 LIVE EVENT CANCELLED more info to follow


25 & 26 APRIL 2020

symposium /sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm/ n.

1. A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.

2. A drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet.


eavesdropping's second season culminates in a weekend-long symposium exploring 'creative activism: radical responses within new music'. The programme includes sessions on Gender & Subjectivities, The Climate Crisis & Eco-composition, Diversity Practices in Programming and Doing Activism, with three keynote talks (given by special guests Marlo De Lara, Sarah Nicolls and Juliana Yazbeck), nine short presentations gathered through a Call for Papers, two round-table debates, a gong bath (given by Extinction Rebellion activist Cathy Eastburn) and some very good food. 



Marlo De Lara, Cathy Eastburn, Sarah Nicolls, Juliana Yazbeck


Uri Agnon, Michele Cheng, Emily De Simone, Julia Eckhardt, GRiNM (represented by Brandon Farnsworth & Rosanna Lovell), Hanna Grzeskiewicz, Ruari Paterson-Achenbach, Joanna Ward, Yifeat Ziv


symposium programme uploaded 6 March 2020
symposium programme.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [157.7 KB]





The whole weekend takes place in the little wooden chapel up in the eaves of Oxford House in Bethnal Green (see other info).



All are welcome!

Full-price weekend admission: £45 (NB excludes final event in the series on Friday night. Those tickets should be booked separately.)

Concession weekend admission (full-time undergraduate students, under 18s, participants): £25.

Ticket price includes access to the full weekend of symposium events and all food and drink listed in the programme of events.

Single-day tickets are available by request only — this is to encourage participation in the whole weekend.



Tickets for the symposium are available here. Reservations are limited to two tickets. Capacity is limited so advance booking is essential.



As the Ancients knew, good food and drink is crucial to proceedings. We are taking this element seriously: there will be hearty fare to inspire body and mind. Morning tea and coffee will be provided upon arrival both days, as will a hot vegan lunch and afternoon tea on the Saturday.



If you need help with accommodation, please let us know. No promises, but we will do our best to help. (If you live in London and fancy hosting a visitor, do drop us a line!)



  • The main purpose of the eavesdropping symposium is to foster community and fruitful debate.
  • The symposium is open to individuals of all gender identities and gender expressions.
  • The theme is intentionally open-ended and potentially sensitive: the idea is to expose the dominant issues, explore common ground and begin to imagine how we might shape our community for the better. 
  • We are all responsible for creating an atmosphere that is supportive and engaged. All contributions that are offered in the spirit of positive engagement are most welcome. 
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