We went to join in today at the Small Is Beautiful Festival at the Center For Alternative Technology in Panperthog, near Machynlleth. With Lectures, Workshops, Comedy and Music throught the Weekend we have been kept busy and entertained throughout the weekend.
Andrew Simms (follow him on twitter at @andrewsimms_uk), Aubery Mayer, Feimatta Conteh and the Former Welsh Minister for Environment and Sustainability Jane Davidson fronted the Schumacher Society's lectures
Rob Newman told us his story of how, having being used as a guinea-pig in a series of brain-imaging experiments, He became a sworn enemy of the mindless claims of neurobabble. His epic battle against neuromania takes him to Stonehenge and the Guyanan jungle and features stripy spiders and bobtail squid. His quest ends up in a showdown with a lab full of brain scientists who subject him to a sinister version of the Turing Test called the Donkey Test! Yesterday Joisie Long agonised over the end, and end again, of love as traditional early-30s milestones pass her by.
Now the revellers and I have just spent the night dancing jigs in a woodland glade lit with fairy lights and laughter. With music from the likes of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, Joe Strouzer singing songs from his travels from Newcastle to New Orleans, Kings of the South Seas played Songs and stories inspired by the epic whaling expeditions of the early 19th Century, Toucan Uke (a Ukulele Power Pop Folk Duo) and Three Legg’d Mare to name but a few we have been spoilt in our little community this weekend... I can't wait for the next one!
Have a look at http://www.smallisfestival.org and hopefully we will see you next year!