Preview: The inaugural Guardian Open Weekend

By on Friday, 3rd February 2012 at 9:00 am

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes behind the broadsheet newspaper? Just yesterday it was revealed that the Guardian, incidentally a national publication whose music department has recognised our hard work here at TGTF, will be allowing the public behind their previously closed doors to find out.

This 24-25 March at their offices in King’s Cross, London, the Guardian will be holding their first Open Weekend, giving people the opportunity to participate in lectures and debates by their editors, writers and columnists, as well as outside speakers from Egypt, India, Pakistan and the U.S. This event is a great extension to what the Guardian already does in its online presence: engaging the public in their unique, collaborative way.

Over 200 sessions will be offered to participants, ranging from topics from Hackgate to the current global economic climate, from the future of the NHS or David Cameron in politics to (ooh!) the kind of thing that makes us hot and bothered, like Guardian writer Laura Barton in conversation Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, discussing their band’s upcoming album release. Like food, sport, cartooning, crosswords, fashion? Have kids who have curious minds? This event has got you covered. This blog post can’t do the Open Weekend’s programming justice, so we invite you to read the official press release on the Guardian Web site or watch the informative video below.

Day tickets are available for Saturday at £40 and Sunday at £30, and a weekend pass costs £60.
Passes allow access to all festival sites and activities, but you will have the opportunity to reserve tickets for up to four programming sessions starting the 1st of March. Children under the age of 16 can attend the festival for free, provided they are accompanied by a paying adult. One adult may bring a maximum of two children, and please note that children’s passes must be booked online at the same time as the accompanying adult making the purchase. You can purchases passes at this link.

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