New Year’s Eve Weekend at Occupy London – Make it count!
- Occupy London – part of the global movement for social and economic justice welcomes Londoners and visitors to join them for New Year’s celebrations
- Highlights include: an adaptation of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol by Timberlake Wertenbaker on steps of St Paul’s, introduced by John Cooper QC and a stellar cast line up including Tim Pigott-Smith (aka Creedy in V for Vendetta); plus the Trials and Tribulations cabaret at the newly occupied courthouse – Occupy Justice
- New Year’s Eve at St Paul’s sees international speakers from protest movements in Iran, Congo and Syria, plus cabaret & music from some of the UK’s best DJs including Engine-Earz Experiment, RouT (Enter Shikari), Dan Le Sac, The Last Skeptik and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Friday 30 December
- 9-10am – The sequela of a lucent political aphelion with Paul Goldstein at the Bank of Ideas – It can be argued that the global insurrection known as Occupy is a reification of Belltanto’s idea of the “glass lalique” (the ‘social window’). This talk aims to spell out this connection as well as highlighting the important role OccupyLSX now plays in our political theatre; ordinary people doing the extraordinary. What once was merely ‘protest’ has now become a force majeure, a daily reminder of the few who have given up so much to spell out (with the kinsmen’s voice) the “numbers on the glass” even at the risk of profligating the sequela of this new political aphelion
3-4pm – Daphni Leef on Israel’s Tel Aviv Tent City, speaking at Tent City University at St Paul’s – Dapni Leef is an Israeli activist who on July 14, 2011, established an encampment in central Tel Aviv in the Rothschild Boulevard to protest the high cost of housing in Israel. Her act sparked off one of the largest waves of mass protest in Israel’s history, inspiring demonstrations throughout the country with the demand to return to the welfare-state model. Daphni is going to come and do a presentation on the social justice movement that evolved through her dissatisfaction in Israel over the summer of 2011. In September 2002 Leef signed a public letter along with dozens of other pre-army-aged youths which declared their refusal to serve in the “army of occupation”. Leef did not serve in the Israeli Defence Force.
- 4-5pm – Nichiren Buddhism – a practical Buddhism for the 21st century at Tent City University at St Paul’s. Find out more about the practice and its benefits. You are welcome to join in with some Buddhist chanting for the success of the Occupy movement and the happiness of everyone involved. Or just relax and listen. There will be a discussion group after, with an opportunity to ask questions about the practice
- 4-5pm – Poetry for 2012, with Helen Moore and Niall McDevitt at the Bank of Ideas – Helen Moore and Niall McDevitt, ecopoets and organisers of Solstice Poetry, host an afternoon session of political, ecological, satirical and utopian poetry to prepare for a revolutionary 2012. Bring your own poetry, or just come and listen to some beautiful thoughts to bring in the New Year
- 6-7.30pm – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. As Dickens’ bicentennial approaches, Occupy London will stage a public reading of A Christmas Carol at St Paul’s Cathedral, especially adapted for Occupy London by Timberlake Wertenbaker and directed by Josh Appignanesi. Introduced by John Cooper QC, with readers including Tim Pigott-Smith (aka Creedy in V for Vendetta), Rachael Stirling, Allan Corduner, Alan Cox, Sara Kestleman, Pam Miles and Ian Redford This very special free event will bring together acclaimed actors for a rehearsed reading of the story of the sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge with visits from the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. More details at http://occupylsx.org/?p=2674 and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/287693741280779/
- 8-11.30pm – Trials and Tribulations! cabaret at Occupy Justice, former Old St Magistrates Court, Shoreditch – After 5 weeks of inspirational friday night Cabaret shows at The Bank Of Ideas, this week’s performance moves to the recently occupied Old Street Magistrates Court in Shoreditch to support of the Occupy Justice campaign about to unfold on the site. Bristol’s Invisible Circus is leading the charge collaborating with London based performers. Guests include Doug Francisco – Invisible Circus, The Late Night Shop, Alex Harvest – Traingulators, Beelzeebubs Diablo show, comedian Benjamin Crellin, Troy Diamond, Pete The Temp, The Tallest Bubble Show in the World and many more. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/301389973233467/
New Year’s Eve – Saturday 31 December
- 11am – Midday – The sequela of a lucent political aphelion with Paul Goldstein at Bank of Ideas
- 4pm – 10pm – Occupy London celebrates New Year’s Eve at St Paul’s with international speakers and occupiers, a cabaret of comedy and spoken word followed by music from some of the UK’s best DJs, who, like Occupy, are looking to set the world on fire in 2012. Twitter hashtag #occupynye
- 4-5.30pm – Gathering of international groups and occupiers with speakers from the Iranian People’s Solidarity Group, Women and Youth for Peace Congo and the Syrian government opposition group plus more
- 4.30pm – poet and writer Anthony Anaxagorou at St Paul’s
- 5.30-6.45pm – Spoken word and comedy in Tent City University
- 6.15-10pm – DJs and bands including Engine-Earz Experiment, RouT (Enter Shikari), Dan Le Sac and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly plus The Last Skeptic 
- 10pm onwards – Occupy London supporters to join London’s New Year celebrations and fireworks by the Thames. Do join us and help us bring in the New Year – follow Twitter hashtag #occupynye to find us. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/131558063626970/
- 10pm – 3am – Inner Change Outer Change Meditation at the Bank of Ideas. This event invites every Occupy Movement across the world to welcome the New Year in meditation. Across the world Occupy Movements will start a metta based meditation (sending love from the heart) for one minute for each month of the New Year and twelve representing 2012. Others across the UK and around the world are invited to host their own ICOC sit at home or at occupations
For further event listings:
- At Finsbury Square and at the Occupy London Stock Exchange occupation at St Paul’s Churchyard see http://occupylsx.org/?page_id=176
- At the Bank of Ideas and Occupy Justice – http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/events/
 More information about artists:
- Engine-Earz Experiment – http://www.engine-earz.com/
- RouT (Enter Shikari) – http://www.entershikari.com/
- Dan Le Sac – http://www.danlesac.co.uk
- Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – http://www.getcapewearcapefly.com/
- The Last Skeptic – http://www.myspace.com/thelastskeptikmusic
 Facebook page for Occupy London’s Stock Exchange site just by St Paul’s (OccupyLSX) is https://www.facebook.com/occupylondon. Overall Occupy London twitter Occupy London hastag is #occupylondon. OccupyLSX Twitter is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyLSX ; hashtag #occupylsx. Twitter for the Finsbury Square site is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyLFS; hashtag #occupylfs. Twitter for Bank of Ideas is http://twitter.com/bankofideas and facebook is http://facebook.com/bankofideaslondon. Occupy Justice information coming soon
 Nearest tubes for the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) site are St Pauls, Mansion House and Canon Street; buses 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242; do check Transport For London website. The Bank of Ideas (19-29 Sun Street) is just down the road from the Occupy London Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) space, which is near Moorgate; buses 141, 153, 205, 21, 214, 43. Occupy Justice is based at the Old Street Old Magistrate’s Court on Old Street in Shoreditch (just opposite Shoreditch Town Hall)
 Bringing together a diverse range of people, Occupy London’s Stock Exchange, Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS), the Bank of Ideas and Occupy Justice are part of more than 40 occupations happening in towns and cities across theUKand over 1,000 actions worldwide, coming together under the banner of “United For Global Change” calling for true democracy. OccupyLondonis supported by groups including UK Uncut, the London-based Assembly of the Spanish 15M movement and many others. It has already received phenomenal interest, from the public and media in theUKand around the world, with the OccupyLSX facebook group now more than 35,000 members.