Julian Assange To Speak At Southbank’s ‘Web We Want’ Festival This May

Art & Culture

The Southbank have announced a final weekend of 'Web We Want' events, set to take place in and around Southbank on May 28th-31st. The event, dedicated to celebrating 25 years of the invention of the Web, is run in partnership with its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation. In something of a coup, organisers have bagged a talk from Julian Assange. Assange, the fugitive founder of WikiLeaks, will be speaking via web link up from his long standing home/ prison at the Ecuadorian embassy, discussing how he sees the future of the internet with Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, founder of iRights. The talk takes place on Friday 29 May at the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.30pm, with tickets onsale for £12.

Other higlights include a live performace on May 28th, from Bleep43, the audio/visual art group that include Anthony Child – better known to Ransom Note readers as veteran techno producer Surgeon. According to the press release, "Appearing alongside [Child] is his long-time collaborator, photographer and videographer Ali Wade. Together they improvise a performance in which sound and vision influence each other."

"They aim to induce a trance-like state in both audience and performers. As well as featuring psychedelic custom footage created by Wade, this performance also sees Child’s public debut on the rarely seen Buchla Music Easel synthesizer."

Grab tickets and read more info on the many other events running throughout the weekend over on the Web We Want Festival over on the Southbank website.