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15-16 June 2017, Penrith Old Fire Station, Cumbria

CVAN North by North West invite you to save the date for Bivouac#2.

Last year extraordinary conversation fire-starters were invited such as Prof. Charles Quick, In Certain Places, Stuart Nolan; Robyn Woolston, Artist and Stella Duffy, Fun Palaces.

Bivouac #2 is the next installment, bringing exceptional people together for a couple of days to get out of the office/studio/computer and give your brain and body a kind of arts and minds spa.

'It was a talking, sharing, confiding, considering, thinking, walking, drinking, EATING, pasta-making, death-discussing, faerie-making, magical (literally), gathering. Meeting. Engaging. It was about conversations, nothing led or panel-debated, nothing decided beforehand to any huge level, just a bring them together and see what happens thing. It was bloody brilliant.'

- Stella Duffy, Writer, Theatre Maker, Fun Palace Creator

It’s chance to recoup with other minds, to eat lovely food, talk about subjects as diverse as shipping, nuclear power, art vandalism, land use, Victorian mind reading, refugees, keeping chickens, with other very interesting and talented people. CVAN North by NorthWest admit that they actually don’t know what the fire starters’ conversations are yet.


  • Everyone attending must stay for the full two days.
  • Everyone attending must sign up to the closed Facebook page in advance.
  • Everyone must bring a book or publication – ideally from a project of their own, if not some- thing else. These are non-returnable.

Book here.

Later Event: July 19
Platform 2017