Byline Festival with Frontline Club 2019

Talk Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August


August Bank Holiday Weekend
Pippingford Park, East Sussex, UK


Join us at Byline – the world’s first festival for independent journalism and freedom of speech – to debate, discuss, dance, laugh, and change the world. 

Throughout the festival Frontline will be running a curated series of talks and documentary screenings exploring two of this year’s festival themes: Defending Democracy and The Power of Journalism.


Frontline Events include:

DEBATE: The Extradition of Julian Assange – Friday 23 August, 3pm

We’ll be hearing from journalist Nick Davies, politician and activist Birgitta Jonsdottir and Frontline’s Vaughan Smith as they debate the legacy and the future for Assange, as the likelihood of his extradition to the USA looms.


The Parallel state: Truth, Lies & Political Fiction in Contemporary Turkey – Friday 23 August, 4.30pm

What began as a project about Turkish soap operas for award-winning photographer Guy Martin soon turned into a photographic exploration of the fault lines of truth, power and politics in Turkey. Chaired by journalist Jo Glanville.


FILM: On the President’s Orders – Saturday 24 August, 6pm

This film about the story of President Duterte’s campaign against both drug dealers and users in the Philippines has been popular with critics and audiences around the world. This special Byline screening will then be followed by a Q&A with co-Director James Jones.


FILM: Unquiet Graves, Sunday 25 August, 3pm

Sean Murray‘s powerful film tells the story of how members of the RUC and UDR (a British Army Regiment) were involved in the murder of 120 innocent civilians in the targeted terrorising of the most vulnerable members of society during “the Troubles” conflict in Northern Ireland.


The Price of Paradise – Monday 26 August, 1.10pm

Investigative journalist and author Iain Overton will be in conversation about his latest book, which looks at the influence of the suicide bomber on modern society from pre-revolutionary Russia to the present day.


The Frontline Cub Tent can be your base between events: take refreshment from our bar, try our delicious Norfolk mezze of food, and enjoy some laid-back entertainment including music, poetry and games.

Travel is just over an hour from London by train so bring your friends, colleagues and family. The festival is family friendly with lots of activities for children of all ages.

Tickets: Day and weekend tickets are available with a specially-discounted weekend rate for Frontline Club friends and members.