General Ned Ludd  

for action against

technology 'hurtful to Commonality'



Festival of Luddite Culture and Ideas

Huddersfield, April 27th - 29th 2012.



The Luddites 200 group in conjunction with a group of Huddersfield-based devotees of the Luddites is planning a one-day festival in Huddersfield in April. The event will bring together different groups who have developed plays, music, poetry, etc related to the Luddites’ anniversary, and to combine that with discussions around issues related to technology today. There is a great deal of interest in the anniversary in Huddersfield and surrounding areas and we will be working closely with many parts of the community including local museums. The event will take place in several venues in Huddersfield town centre.


The festival will include:

  • Theatre, poetry, music, art, storytelling, film
  • Exhibitions including materials developed by local schools
  • Talks/workshops on: the story of the 1812 uprisings; were the Luddites right?; debates on technology issues eg digital/internet, nuclear, reproductive technology/genetics, alternative technology; is technology leading to unemployment today, how can we respond to this?
  • Hands on/demonstrations of old/alternative technology: spinning/weaving, cropping, blacksmithing, micropower.
  • Evening concerts
  • Childrens’ activities
  • Frame smashing re-enactment
  • Stalls


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