PREVIOUS FROM 1968 TO 2018: THE CHANGING FACE OF COUNTERCULTURE – 13th October, The BARBICAN, 12pm
BATTLE OF IDEAS –
The Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
BATTLE OF IDEAS RUNS AT THE BARBICAN OVER THE WEEKEND OF THE 13TH-15TH OCTOBER
The onset of 1960s radicalism offered a sense of energy, imagination and optimism in the face of the intellectual stasis and political impasse that gripped postwar consumer societies. The period encompassed generational uprisings of young against old, political agitations of campus radicals and civil-rights activists, and cultural rebellions around art, music and lifestyles. The result was an eclectic mix of future-oriented radical ideals and anti-modern romantic sentiments. The actual revolts of 1968 may have been short-lived, but their impact reverberated around the world, visible in the disintegration of the postwar settlement, liberalisation of laws, and in significant sections of Western societies who came to question traditional values and even their authority to rule.Fast forward 50 years and what counts as counterculture today?