Truth, boredom and fashion in the spotlight at Berwins Salon North

Three different though highly relevant subjects will come under the spotlight when the North’s ‘go to cultural series’ fires up for 2021.

Being delivered digitally, Berwins Salon North will feature not three but four world-class speakers, whose 30-minute slots are designed to make the audience sit up, take notice and even question their own lifestyles.

Beaming in to join host Helen Bagnall will be British philosopher, journalist and author Julian Baggini, who will focus on A Short History of Truth. Psychologists Prof James Danckert and John Eastwood will examine ‘The Psychology of Boredom’, whilst freelance journalist Lauren Bravo will champion the cause for ‘How To Break Up With Fast Fashion’.

Sponsored by Harrogate law firm, Berwins, and produced by Harrogate International Festivals, the online event will be streamed on the HIF player from Thursday, January 28.

Berwins Associate Director Martin Whincup said: “Once again we are delighted to have our name associated with the North’s ‘go to cultural series”.

“As we are now well into our third national lockdown, and the spectacle of the American president election is now behind us, the subjects being dissected at this week’s Salon North couldn’t be more pertinent”.

“Going digital means the audience will be able to enjoy this Salon North from the comfort of their own armchairs, and the Berwins name will reach a far greater audience, and not just those in our home town of Harrogate.”

Harrogate International Festivals, Head Of Development, Lizzie Brewster said: “Now, more than ever, we need activities and events that stimulate the brain cells and educate and excite the audience, all of which are provided in abundance by Berwins Salon North.”

In ‘A Short History of Truth’, Julian Baggini questions how did we find ourselves in a ‘post-truth’ world of ‘alternative facts, and more importantly if we can get out of it. The British philosopher, journalist and author will the take his audience on a whirlwind tour of its history through the ten types of truth and how each can become false.

In ‘The Psychology of Boredom’, Messers Danckert and Eastwood combine their scientific findings with everyday observations to explain how boredom helped us evolve. With latest research suggesting that an adaptive approach to boredom might lead us to live fuller lives, it’s time we gave it a chance.

With high street stores closed, author and freelance journalist Lauren Bravo makes a brilliant case for ‘How To Break Up With Fast Fashion’. The reformed fashion addict will deliver a guilt-free guide to changing the way you shop, with ideas for how to sustainably, ethically and stylishly redefine your relationship with your wardrobe.

Berwins Salon North will be streamed from 7.30pm on Thursday, January 28.