Make Lewes Festival returns for a fourth year this September with a fresh set of talks, symposia workshops and further events.

21st – 30th September 2018

Highlights include:

Launch event – Collaborative Conspiracies: Tongue and Groove and Algorithms – the Fred and Will Story

Sit-down vegetarian supper with special guest talks by designer makers Fred Baier and William Hardie. Tickets available HERE

Friday September 21st 18.30 prompt at Fitzroy House, Lewes BN7 2AD

Workshop mania

Our popular collaborative design & make workshops are happening again

Collaborative Collisions – September 22 to 23rd

Kinship IV – September 26 to 29th


Unplastics – an exhibition of local upcycled, re-used design artefacts, products and objects second, third or four thousandth time around.


Over the second weekend two timely symposia

Building with Water: Water, Building, Architecture, Material Sources and the Future Symposium

Saturday September 29th, 13.30 – 18.00 Fitzroy House, Lewes, BN7 2AD

With speakers from Bangladesh, Iceland, Oxford, Kurdistani Iraq, Pevensey and London.

FutureScoping – On the future of Lewes’s cultural infrastructure provision: What do we want? What does Lewes need?

Sunday September 30th, 13.30 – 17.30, The Depot Cinema, Pinwell Rd, BN7 2JS

Plus a luminous roll call of further highlights (To be announced)

Further information on MLF 2018 symposia speakers

The invited speakers list below is provisional and subject to change

Building with Water

Ruhul Abdin, Paraa (Dhaka-London architectural studio) & Niklaus Graber curator of the international Bengal Stream Bangladeshi architecture exhibition. Talking about how water defines building culture across sea level Bangladesh

Richard Coutts – principal BACA Architects – leading UK specialist floating buildings studio

Clare Whistler – artist, poet, maker – founder and organiser of Rye Marshes Water Week Festival

Andri Snaer Magnasson –Icelandic poet and environmentalist whose Dreamland book and film activism was instrumental in turning his country against massive damming of central Highlands Iceland

Maggie Black – world water and sanitation authority and author of the Global Atlas of Water

Chamchamal Healing Garden for Victims of Torture and War Trauma,
Northern (Kurdistani) Iraq with Leon Radeljic from ZRS Architects/Engineers and Leif Hinrichson from the Jiyan Foundation

FutureScoping – Cultural Infrastructure Symposium

John Burrell, director BurrellFoleyFischer Architects, the architects of the Lewes Depot

Alison Grant; founder and director of Fitzroy House – Lewes’s latest cultural hub

Piers Taylor, Invisible Studio experimental architect, most recently on the participatory artists and makers Watchett Arts Hub.

Jess Steele, director Jericho Road, social and community development, led Hastings Pier community organisation

Cover image – Bengal Stream – Iwan Baan

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