2019 Festival Highlights
2019 was a record-breaking year for the Festival, with it's highest number of delegates, a 50:50 gender split of speakers, and the first time a prop was used during the MacTaggart Lecture - as Dorothy Byrne held up a herring whilst simultaneously calling out policitians for their lies. Byrne's speech, by turns funny and ferocious, and with an added whistlestop tour of past MacTaggart efforts, has gone down in history as one of the best yet.
We covered all the biggest issues this year from duty of care, the Cambridge Analytica story, representation and even a critique of Trump’s America courtesy of Jerry Springer.
However, the Festival was true to form in ensuring there was plenty of fun and irreverence along the way – from the genius pairings of Alastair Campbell and James Graham and Jess Phillips and Joe Lycett; to the most-entertaining take on diversity, working culture and mental health issues yet seen with our Edinburgh does…Celebrity Call Centre and so much more.