Two Minute Manifesto

Ideas, Culture, Politics

Such a feast of ideas offered up much food for thought to last beyond immediate events. ★★★★
— The Scotsman

Two Minute Manifesto is a monthly mix of ideas, music, poetry, performance and political commentary, currently based around a live monthly show at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. 

If you only had two minutes to persuade an audience to back your idea for changing Scotland, what would it be? Free public transport? A tax on images of Margaret Thatcher? A Jimmy Shand impersonator in every classroom? 

From the sublime to the ridiculous, the provocative to the pragmatic, ideas are the beating heart of a society. Here, we invite you to take their pulse. 

For each show presenters David Greig and Sarah Beattie Smith are joined by a hand- picked selection of interesting folk, for shows where ideas, politics and culture combine in a heady mix. Guests get two minutes to present their single most important idea for creating a better world.

Two Minute Manifesto blends music, poetry, discussion, audience participation and provocations from a selection of the country’s finest thinkers, pundits, artists, activists and raconteurs.

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Photo: Simon Baker