Towards Utopia: Land of Promise Join us for an evening exploring the roots of planning and celebrating Britain's quest for utopia through poetry and live music! This special performance of 'Land of Promise' will celebrate 70 years of the New Towns Act and follows a day of learning at TCPA's Seminar and Study Tour (further details about the seminar here). At this event we will also be launching the new 'Planning4People' Manifesto. More on Planning4People here. 18:30 for a 19:00 Start About Land of Promise 'Land of Promise' is a words and music presentation featuring guest readers, and musicians. It journeys through three and a half centuries of radical thought, writing, and song about the connection between art, social justice and the living environment. While inspired by the breath-taking radicalism and history of the planning movement, ‘Land of Promise' is really about the way we live and how we communicate ideas about a better future for all. It explores the connections between key figures in the town planning movement, such as Ebenezer Howard and Raymond Unwin, and radical thinkers such as Edward Carpenter, William Morris and Prince Kropotkin. The narration draws out a long lineage of cutting-edge thinking about freedom and land, running through John Clare and the Romantics back to Gerrard Winstanley and forward through the music of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. It celebrates, as the early pioneers did, the power of art and music in communicating political ideas, and reminds us that the imagination, radicalism and personal bravery of these fascinating figures of the past still have relevance for the present. The TCPA has performed 'Land of Promise' across the country, including performances in London, Liverpool, Bristol, Sheffield, Stainsby Festival in Derbyshire and a sold-out performances at the Hay Literary Festival in 2013 and 2015. 'Land of Promise' is performed by actors, friends of the TCPA and TCPA staff. Music is by Chris Ellis and Rosie Toll. This performance is kindly supported by the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust and the Webb Memorial Trust. Booking for this event has now closed.