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New River Studios
Ground Floor Unit E, 199 Eade Road, N4 1DN London, United Kingdom
The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994 is best known as the bill that aimed to wipe out free party culture in the UK, and while it’s true that the free party movement mounted the most visible opposition to the bill, its notoriety as the “anti-party” bill eclipsed some of the other equally profound changes it brought to British society. An accused person’s right to silence was curtailed, police stop and search powers were enhanced, and perhaps most significantly, the CJB effectively criminalised the travelling way of life in the UK.
As part of this year’s Antiuniversity Now! festival, we are inviting a panel (and hopefully an audience) of experts to lead an open discussion on the impact 23 years of this bill has had. Has it been effective? What have we lost? How have we responded? Guest speakers include:
Alwyn Turner is an author and historian who specialises in post-war British culture and politics. His book “A Classless Society: Britain in the Nineties” looks exactly at the period in question.
Rainbow Phoenix was one of the spokespeople for the movement and association that opposed the bill.
Other guests tbc.
A playlist of music from the era will be compiled by the Distant Planet DJs and will accompany proceedings.
The cover image is courtesy of Matthew Smith, from his excellent book Exist To Resist, a photographic history of free party culture and specifically the opposition to the bill. The book can be purchased here: