Public Lecture - Creating Global Ceremonies

  • Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE
  • Thursday 18 September 2014, 6.30pm-8pm

Public Britain is a great ritual innovator. As the world has becomes more connected, so rituals made in the UK have become global products.

How do you go about organising a global ceremony? What sorts of skills does it need, and why are we good at it? How is ceremonial changing and are the things than make a good ritual time-bound or eternal?

Answering these questions and sharing insights from their experience as masters of both commercial and religious ceremony will be:

Clare Amsel, Producer on the opening and closing ceremonies for the Athens Olympics, London Olympics and Paralympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games (and who has also held management and board roles in creative, strategic and cultural organisations). Clare read Religious Studies at Lancaster University.

The Very Revd John Hall, Dean of Westminster, responsible – amongst other things – for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and answerable ‘to the Sovereign alone’

Engaging them in conversation will be Linda Woodhead MBE, Professor of religion and society at Lancaster University, and an expert in ritual theories.

18:00 – Registration

18:30 – Start. Short presentations and panel discussion

19:15 – Questions from the audience

20:00 – Finish. Drinks reception

21:00 – Event ends