3 immersive days. 400 inquisitive minds. A world of stories. The Vicarious Festival is a not-for-profit celebration of cultural diversity and the power of travel storytelling to nurture curiosity, empathy, and wanderlust.
The guiding principle behind the Vicarious Festival is that thought-provoking travel literature and photography have the power to illuminate unfamiliar cultures, nurture empathy and understanding, and inspire curiosity and wanderlust.
Workshops will cover subjects such as the ethics of writing about other places, creating photo stories, travel drawing, and how to write an award-winning travel feature. Panel discussions will challenge preconceived ideas on topics including whether travel writing is an outmoded concept, how to decolonise travel writing, climate change, and migration storytelling.
Winners of the Vicarious Festival’s two competitions will be announced on the Saturday evening of the festival. They will receive the Norman Lewis Memorial Award for New Travel Writing and the Isabella Bird Memorial Award for Travel Photography.
When? 11th to 13th September 2020.
Where? Sparkford Hall, Somerset.
Who? 2020 – Tim Ecott, Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Sophy Roberts, Fearghal O’Nuallain, Emma Thomson, Julian Sayarer, Zahra Hankir, George Butler, Meera Dattani, Tim Hannigan, Sara Evans, Adam Weymouth, Jonathan Chatwin, Anita Sethi, William Atkins, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Dan Richards, Caroline Eden, Peter Fiennes, Jini Reddy, Nori Jemil, Nick Jubber, Tanya Shadrick, and Alice Morrison
Website? Vicarious Festival
Festival Directors? EmmaLucy Cole FRGS and Iain Harper.
Founded? 2020 is the inaugural event.
Patrons: Joanna Lumley, Ted Simon, Catherine Fairweather, and Dr. Pragya Agarwal