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The Durham Miners Gala has traditionally been a community event leading to discussion on politics and social change. The historic ‘Big Meeting’ takes place on Saturday 11th July and will see banners and brass bands marching through the city, culminating in a gathering where speeches will be hosted.

An appetite for debate is something that organisers behind Durham Book Festival, Palace Green Library and The People’s Bookshop are keen to encourage, and the advent of the Durham Moot – taking place on Sunday 12th July at Palace Green Library – hopes to create a space for thoughtful discussion on subjects including community, democracy and culture, with speakers including journalist and author Owen Jones, poet Sean O’Brien and a handful of university lecturers.

In the evening, Club Resistance will continue the theme of solidarity, with a gig at Vennels Yard reflecting the themes of the weekend. Durham’s Club Resistance have earned themselves a reputation for providing insightful and thought-provoking events at the People’s Bookshop. Mixing music and politics, their monthly acoustic events offer a place for likeminded people to share ideas.

Headliners The Kets will present their vibrant rock ‘n’ roll, driven by great songwriting and fusing upbeat jazz with punky indie, theirs is a set to be down the front for, arms aloft. Pit popsters Dennis will also join the bill, with songs firmly rooted in the history and heritage of the region, they continually wow audiences countrywide. Also heading to Vennels Yard are fun folk scamps The Ree-Vah’s!, named after the fabled vagabonds who terrorised the English/Scottish border; Scarborough-based Joe Solo lends his politically-tinged voice to proceedings and singer-songwriter Chloe Lawton opens up proceedings with her stunning vocals and spellbinding guitar-based tunes.

Durham Moot takes place at Palace Green Library from 1pm, the Big Meeting After Party is at Vennels Yard, adjacent to the People’s Bookshop from 5.30pm on Sunday 12th July.

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