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What is Freedom? Cultural Salon

What does it mean to be free? The event gives you the opportunity to discuss and explore freedom with cutting edge thinkers of our time: philosophers, designers, artists and scientists.

What to expect

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” Is Voltaire right that freedom is not straightforward? Are we unfree in ways we don’t even realise? Is being free perhaps not always desirable? Are we willing to accept the responsibilities that come with freedom?

Come and discuss what it means to be free today in this cultural salon. In the first part of the event, leading thinkers and designers lead conversations that explore the political, economic, cultural and philosophical trappings of freedom. The salon will then debate the value of freedom and design’s place in creating a better world.

This event is curated by Philosophy For All to compliment the Design Museum’s exhibition: California: Designing Freedom.

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Booking information

Adult £10, student/ concession £7.50, Members £9

Image credit | Emory Douglas, We Shall Survive Without A Doubt

Image credit | Shepard Fairey, We the people 2017

Image credit | Map of the World Drawn Entirely by Using Facebook Connections in 2015

Image credit | Easy Rider

Related exhibition

California: Designing Freedom

This is the first exhibition to examine California's current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.