Comedy Unleashed – Stand-up for Free Speech

The Hi-Fi Club Leeds 2 Central Road, Leeds

THE HOME OF FREE-THINKING COMEDY   7th July - Doors at 6:30pm, acts on stage 7:30pm   Having consistently sold out shows in London for the past 5 years,  Comedy Unleashed  brings its refreshing brand of stand-up comedy to The HiFi Club  in Leeds.   If a comedian gets cancelled, we put them on. We think that […]

Event Series Regional Speakeasies

Cardiff Regional Speakeasy – Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Speech & Religious Belief

The Sandringham Hotel – Grosvenor Suite 21 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff

FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS BELIEF   Free Speech Union member Ben Dybowski was sacked from a school for sharing his Christian beliefs at a staff-only diversity and inclusion training seminar run by Diverse Cymru, an organisation that trains teachers on ‘unconscious bias’ and ‘trans, gender identity and gender expression awareness’. Having […]

Event Series Regional Speakeasies

Edinburgh Summer Speakeasy – Can the Arts Survive in Scotland?

The Counting House 38 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

CAN THE ARTS SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN SCOTLAND?   In a censorious climate, how can we protect the freedom to imagine for actors, artists, comedians, musicians, poets, writers and audiences? Last summer, comedian Jerry Sadowitz was forced to cancel his show at the Edinburgh Fringe when staff at The Pleasance refused to work at his […]

Event Series Regional Speakeasies

FSU Manchester Speakeasy – Free Speech: A Radical History

Friends' Meeting House Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester, United Kingdom

SPEAKERS: FSU Manchester Speakeasy with local historian Michael Herbert of Red Flag Walks, Dr Cheryl Hudson of University of Liverpool and Jonathan Schofield, writer, Manchester tour guide and editor of Manchester Confidential. DATE: Thursday 20th July 2023 VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS TIME: 7PM – 8.30PM (followed by social at […]

Is There a Left Way Back From Woke?

Online Event: Zoom

In his provocative new book, Cancelled: The Left Way Back from Woke, political scientist Professor Umut Özkirimli describes how the Left has been sucked into a spiral of toxic hatred and outrage-mongering, retreating from the democratic ideals of freedom, tolerance and pluralism that it purports to represent. However, he also warns that the radical identity […]

Understanding Tyranny and Liberty: Lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville and J.S. Mill

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

Understanding Tyranny and Liberty: Lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville and J.S. Mill  With Guest Lecturer Professor Jeremy Jennings   Prior to the nineteenth century many writers were aware that autocratic states reduced individuals to silence and obedience through fear and the threat of punishment. When visiting the United States in the early 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville […]

LIVE! In conversation: Nigel Farage and Toby Young

Hippodrome, London Little Newport Street, London, United Kingdom

Come along for a special late-night event in a great venue, to hear FSU General Secretary Toby Young in conversation with broadcaster and political leader, Nigel Farage. They will discuss the latest threats to freedom of speech, including their direct experiences of financial censorship.  There will, of course, be an audience Q and A.   As […]

What is Indoctrination within Education and How Can it be Avoided?

October Gallery 24 Old Gloucester St, London, United Kingdom

UNCANCELLED DEBATE  What is indoctrination within education and how might it be avoided?   Debate featuring academic and campaigner Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert and an expert panel of educators.  On Saturday 23rd September, Dr Alka Sehgal Cuthbert was due to speak on a panel at the Rethinking Education conference in London, debating how we should distinguish […]

FSU Edinburgh Speakeasy: Can Words Really Hurt?

The Counting House 38 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Can Words Really Hurt? A philosophical, legal and common sense conversation. Almost two and a half years after achieving royal assent, Scotland’s controversial Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act is due to be implemented in 2024. It was reported recently that Police Scotland are setting up a special unit to deal with the new hate […]

GETTING THE BALANCE RIGHT: FREE SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST IN THE CURRENT MOMENT.

GETTING THE BALANCE RIGHT: FREE SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST IN THE CURRENT MOMENT IN-PERSON BY INVITATION-ONLY ONLINE for FSU MEMBERS (REGISTER USING ZOOM LINK IN MEMBER NEWSLETTERS) Since the massacre committed by Hamas in southern Israel on October 7th, public spaces around the United Kingdom have seen an upsurge in pro-Palestinian political protests. […]

FSU South West Regional Speakeasy

The Hall, Exeter Stepcote Hill, Exeter, United Kingdom

South West Regional Speakeasy 'DECOLONISATION': Freeing our minds or dangerous groupthink? Wednesday 29th November The Hall, Stepcote Hill, Exeter, EX1 1BD. Doors open 6.30pm, discussion 7pm until 8.30pm, bar open until 9.45pm. Tickets are £5 for FSU members, £8 for non-members, £3 for students. JOIN the FSU to get discounts at all events. Members receive […]

Manchester Speakeasy

The Anthony Burgess Foundation 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

HOW TO STAND UP FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF THOUGHT DATE: Saturday 3rd February, 2024 TIME: Doors and bar open 6.30pm. Live music from Sean Corby and Jonathan Enright at 7pm, panel with Q & A starts 7.30pm, social from 9pm. Ends 10pm. (Bar is card-only). VENUE: The Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, […]

FSU Christmas Comedy Special 2023

The Backyard Comedy Club 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, London, United Kingdom

The FSU Christmas Comedy Special BOOK TICKETS HERE. Wednesday 20th December, please arrive by 7pm. Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green, London Round up your comedy-loving friends and family for The FSU Christmas Special, a one night only extravaganza of comedy with a fabulous line-up. In association with Comedy Unleashed - the home of free-thinking comedy. […]

Belfast Speakeasy

Titanic Hotel, Belfast Titanic Quarter, 8 Queens Road, Belfast, Antrim, United Kingdom

THE STATE OF FREE SPEECH IN NORTHERN IRELAND A Free Speech Union Speakeasy, in association with the Battle of Ideas Festival. DATE: Friday 26th January, 2024 TIME: Doors and bar open 6.30pm. Panel with Q & A, 7pm until 8.30pm, followed by social. Ends 10pm. VENUE: Drawing Office One and Pavilion Bar, Titanic Hotel, 8 […]

Manchester Speakeasy

The Anthony Burgess Foundation 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

HOW TO STAND UP FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF THOUGHT DATE: Saturday 3rd February, 2024 TIME: Doors and bar open 6.30pm. Live music from Sean Corby and Jonathan Enright at 7pm, panel with Q & A starts 7.30pm, social from 9pm. Ends 10pm. (Bar is card-only). VENUE: The Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, […]

Cambridge Speakeasy

The Garden Suite, Clayton Hotel Cambridge 27-29 Station Rd,, Cambridge, Cambridge

Net Zero or Not Zero: Can we debate climate change? Thursday 22nd February, 2024  Panel debate and Q and A from 7pm until 8.45pm, social until 10pm.  The Clayton Hotel, Garden Suite,  27-29 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2FB.  (A two-minute walk from Cambridge Station).  GET TICKETS: FSU Member £5. Non-FSU Member £10. Student £3.  Popular […]

Online Book Launch with Abigail Shrier, author of ‘Irreversible Damage’ and now, ‘Bad Therapy’.

Online Event: Zoom

ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH: ABIGAIL SHRIER DATE: Monday 4th March, 2024. TIME: 7pm, GMT. VENUE: Zoom. TICKETS: Non-FSU Members can purchase an online ticket here. FSU Members should not use that link, but instead use the link to register provided in Members-Only Weekly Newsletters and Events Updates. JOIN the Free Speech Union here to gain free access to […]

Race, Identity Politics and the New Conformity.

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

Race, identity politics and the new conformity  DATE: Monday 18th March  VENUE: The Hall, The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT  TIME: Event starts 7.30pm (doors open 7pm, please arrive by 7.15pm).  FREE GLASS OF WINE ON ARRIVAL.  IN-PERSON TICKETS: FSU members £10. Non-FSU Members £16. Aged 25 and under £12. Discount tickets […]

Lecture One: What is Science and Why Should We Care? Science, Scepticism and Free Speech series

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

SCIENCE, SCEPTICISM and FREE SPEECH  The Free Speech Union is delighted to host a series of lectures and discussions in partnership with  Sense About Science, an independent charity that promotes the public interest in sound science and evidence.  Critical thinking, open inquiry and the freedom to question have been fundamental to the development of the […]

LIONEL SHRIVER in conversation with Toby Young

Hippodrome, London Little Newport Street, London, United Kingdom

In conversation: LIONEL SHRIVER and Toby Young DATE: Monday 15th April, 2024 Come along for a very special FSU Speakeasy in a great venue, to hear author LIONEL SHRIVER in conversation with FSU General Secretary Toby Young. They will discuss Lionel's new book, MANIA. In a reality not too distant from our own, the so-called […]