Cultural democracy is back in fashion; a generation after the term was first coined, contested, and then forgotten. Why? Are these two seemingly popular words really such natural allies? Perhaps this connection is more demanding than it seems, and more radical too. In this lecture, François Matarasso will explore the cultural democracy’s long roots and suggest why – and how – its ideas might be relevant to artists at a time of rapid, intense change. He will be in discussion with Lyn Gardner who currently writes about theatre for The Stage and @Stagedoorapp. Community artist, writer and researcher François Matarasso combines practice with research and consultancy, working in numerous countries, from Columbia to Kyrgyzstan. His latest book 'A Restless Art, How participation won, and why it matters' was published earlier this year.