The Guardian Open Weekend: TGTF’s Top Picks

By on Tuesday, 21st February 2012 at 11:00 am

Next month the prestigious Guardian newspaper will be opening their hallowed doors to the public for the first time ever. Ordinary Joe Bloggs can wander freely around the Guardian building interacting with journalists, columnists and general industry bods alike. Throughout the weekend there’ll be a whole range of lectures and workshops led by some of the biggest and most important names in quality journalism. So here are TGTF’s top picks for the weekend…

Charlie Brooker
The incredibly witty and nihilistic G2 columnist Charlie Brooker is answering questions put to him by the audience. With a number of hit BBC Four (and sometimes BBC Two) TV shows under his belt and one of the Guardian’s most popular columns, this is surely going to be one of the highlights of the weekend. It’s a great opportunity for any fan of the acerbic writer to have their questions answered and learn from the metaphor master.

The Guardian’s Pop Quiz with John Harris
Music critic extraordinaire John Harris will be presenting an “eight round interactive spectacular” with full audio and visual effects. With questions written by a journalist who’s been published in Q, The Rolling Stone and Mojo amongst others, you’re going to need a truly musical mind to conquer this quiz.

Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons) interviewed by Laura Barton
Despite being in a band that splits opinion here at TGTF, seeing the frontman of one of Britain’s biggest folk bands being interviewed by the fantastic Laura Barton will definitely give some pointers to wannabe music journalists in the audience (ourselves included).

Music’s global revolutions, chaired by Caspar Llewellyn Smith
The Guardian’s Music Editor chairs the debate that asks where western music can go from here. Will it embrace music from other continents or evolve in its own narrow-minded way? Hear from Choice FM’s Drive Time and Afrobeats host DJ Abrantee, the co-founder of Africa Express Ian Birrell and the Senegalese singing supremo Baaba Maal. A talk guaranteed to provoke thought and intrigue throughout the mainstream music scene.

How to DJ with DJ Yoda
Voted by Q as “one of the top ten DJs to see before you die”, DJ Yoda will be giving budding turntablists valuable advice from his 14 year career. Also in attendance will be the team behind Malawi’s Lake of Stars festival. If you’re a fan of scratch DJing, mash-ups or just spinning records to have a good time, this ‘How to’ session has something for everyone.

How to blog
As a user of the internet you probably have/had a blog. If you’re not a blogger but want to get involved with the world of user generated content and don’t know where to start, look no further than the panel of freelance writer and blogger Cath Elliott, author Owen Hatherley and the editor of political blog Liberal Conspiracy, Sunny Hundal. If you’ve got something to say but don’t know how to say it, this is the talk for you.

Unfortunately the Guardian Open Weekend is now sold out, but if you were lucky enough to buy tickets then get yourself along to the above events. From the narcissistic nature of Charlie Brooker to the DJing wizardry of DJ Yoda, it’s popular culture at its best.

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