1st European Festival of Political Rhetoric

6 Nov - 27 Nov 20
Details
  • Start: 6 November 2020
  • End: 27 November 2020
  • Venue: Online
  • Address: euschoolofrhetoric.org

Rhetoric is the art of influence, friendship and eloquence – Jay Heinrichs

We’re organising the 1st European Festival of Political Rhetoric from 6-27 November 2020.

The digital festival will include three weeks of events designed to promote the art and craft of effective political communication.

Over 22 days we will have the opportunity to log on to short debates, training sessions, networking events, film premières, book discussions and interviews to widen your knowledge of the art of writing and public speaking.

We’ll be covering judicial, deliberative and epidectic rhetoric, giving insights into how legal, political and social speeches work.

We urge anyone interested in education, creativity, citizenship, oratory, political participation, social mobility or intercultural communication to take part.

This cross-border event will enable us to share our experiences of the great tradition of European rhetoric championed by Erasmus to enrich our civic life.

Who is taking part?

Our previous conferences in Paris, Brussels, Helsinki, Amsterdam and Berlin have attracted speechwriters from four Prime Ministers’ offices, the European Commission, NATO, Airbus, BMW, IBM, the CBI, Orange, Deloitte, the United Nations, the European Investment Bank, Coca Cola as well as the Dutch, Danish and British civil service.

Our new event will involve collaboration with the UK Speechwriters’ Guild, the Guilde des Plumes in France and the Death Horse Society in the Netherlands.

While the festival is predominantly in English, (there is at least one event in French and one in German), the techniques will be transferable to other languages.

The benefits

  • Understand how our European history and culture has been shaped by orators
  • Get insights into public speaking from experts and writers
  • Listen to the experiences of people working within Government
  • Learn about how to write speeches with top trainers and authors
  • Meet fellow professionals from the Europe and the rest of the world

 

Programme

 

Not all events will be hosted by the European Speechwriter Network, although they can all be accessed through this page. We will add new events and speakers as they are confirmed.

 

Friday 6 November

 

Saturday 7 November

 

Sunday 8 November

 

Monday 9 November

 

Tuesday 10 November

 

Wednesday 11 November

 

Thursday 12 November

 

Friday 13 November

Alan Barker talks to Lucinda Holdforth (Australia’s leading speechwriter) about Speeches – 11am to midday


Saturday 14 November

 

Sunday 15 November

 

Monday 16 November

 

Tuesday 17 November

 

Wednesday 18 November

Session 1: Speeches and Speechwriting – The American Way with Mike Long, 11am – 1pm (UK time)

 

Thursday 19 November

 

Friday 20 November

Session 2: Speeches and Speechwriting – The American Way with Mike Long, 11am – 1pm (UK time)

 

Saturday 21 November

 

Sunday 22 November

 

Monday 23 November

 

Tuesday 24 November

 

Wednesday 25 November

 

Thursday 26 November

 

Friday  27 November

The Biggest Gathering of Mayoral Speechwriters in the World Ever! 3pm – 5pm (UK time) 


What you will learn and leave with

  • A better understanding of how to write and structure speeches
  • Insights into the different rhetorical traditions of European countries
  • Tips for speaking to different audiences
  • Strategies for dealing with communication problems
  • New contacts, ideas and perspectives

 

Speakers

 

We will announce speakers as they are confirmed.

 

 

More speakers to be announced in the coming days…while we do our best to make sure all speakers on the programme will appear on the day, we cannot be responsible for any unforeseen cancellations.

 

Join our Network

Membership of the UK Speechwriters’ Guild or European Speechwriter Network entitles you to a €50 + VAT discount on the conference fee.

You can follow the European Speechwriter Network on Twitter @EUSpeechwriters

You can apply to join our Linkedin group, European Speechwriter Network