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Five talks to help calm your post-Brexit nerves

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Kyra Hanson
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Still suffering from the post-Brexit blues? If you work in the creative industries and are stressing over how the referendum result will affect your livelihood, friends, family and the economy at large then you're not alone. A number of events to do with the practicalities of our departure from the EU are springing up across the capital to cater for the confused, bemused and downright depressed.

Brexit: The Cultural Response

It all kicks off tomorrow on the BBC arts show 'Front Row' where leading creative figures will discuss the impact of the decision to leave the EU on the arts in Britain and how our culture will change over the next ten years. Speakers include actor and director Sam West, novelists Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell, TV producer Phil Redmond and designer Wayne Hemingway. 

Brexit: The Cultural Response is broadcast on July 26, from 8 John Adam Street, WC2N 6EZ. (Registration will open at 8.30am, and all attendees must be seated by 8.45am) Alternatively, listen on BBC iPlayer.

The UK Economy and Brexit

Economic experts, politicians and officials were as flabbergasted as the rest of us when the result was revealed. And it still feels like a fog of uncertainty is hanging over the city. This chat from Rob Lyons of the Institute of Ideas will ask: what does the future hold? What kind of deal should the UK aim to strike with the EU? While we fret about Europe, should we really be worrying about problems closer to home? That kinda thing. Hopefully, providing a space for debate, to allay those fears and propose solutions. 

The UK Economy after Brexit takes place on July 27, 6.45pm-8.45pm at The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1N 3AT. 

The Artists and Brexit

If you're an art graduate, already screwed over by extortionate tuition fees, rising rents and an exclusive, slightly pretentious gallery scene, you might be wondering what exactly Brexit means for London's artistic community. What Is The Point?, an arts organisation supporting contemporary artists, has strung together a panel of speakers who will ask how artists of yesteryear can inform contemporary practitioners in the wake of the referendum.

 The Artists and Brexit takes place on July 30, 3pm-5pm as part of WITP's pop-up art exhibition at 19 Greek Street Space. 

Or head to a two-part event exploring what Brexit means for BAME artists working in London. The first, held at Theatre Royal Stratford and hosted by Artistic Directors of the Future includes a scratch performance inspired by real post-Brexit stories, an art installation, film screenings, and panel discussion with industry professionals on identity, Britishness and live music. If you aren't all Brexited out head to the follow-up event at the National Theatre, entitled 'Brexit and the Arts' which will feature performances by BAME writers.

This event takes place at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry's Studio (opposite the Box office), E15 1BN on July 29, 5pm-10pm. 

Writers Reflect on the Referendum

Are you a writer concerned about the impact leaving the EU will have on your craft, community and future career opportunities? Head to The Albany in Deptford for a discussion about how to be resilient and creative in these weird uncertain times. The first event saw solo writer-performers, journalists, fiction writers, editors and poets come together to discuss topics such as the rise in xenophobia, hate speech and racist attacks and set out ideas about how to move forward and encourage collaborative work with European writers and writers of colour. 

Writers Reflect on the Referendum takes place on August 3, 6.30pm-8.30pm at The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG. Places are free but first come, first served. Email Aliya Gulamani to reserve your space: aliya@spreadtheword.org.uk.

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