HAMPSHIRE, 15 – 19 AUGUST 2013

Three days of music, art, performance, debate, storytelling and conversations in search of new stories … welcome to Uncivilisation.


16 Aug: Tickets are no longer available through Eventbrite, as the gates have now opened for our final festival! However, we do have tickets available on the door, this year. (Please bring cash – and please note we have no more car parking tickets available. There is a shuttle bus from Petersfield – see the Transport page.)

Uncivilisation 2013 is a gathering of people searching for answers to questions about our collective future in a rapidly-changing and depleting world. For one long weekend in August, the woods and chalk downland of the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire will be home to a festival of literature, music, art and action. It will be a place of encounters and conversations, learning and sharing, stories, ideas, music and performance. There will be campfires, wanderings in the woods, children’s activities, and workshops in everything from writing to scything.

unciv_andyletcher_campfire_240On this site, you can learn more about the guests who will be speaking, teaching and hosting conversations at the festival – as well as the musicians and performers who’ll be livening up the nights, around the fires and on the stages and in the woods.

There’s also practical information about transport and accommodation options.

A bit of background…


The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it.

The Project grew out of a feeling that contemporary art and literature were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning its foundations.

New stories are needed for darker, more uncertain times. Older ones need to be rediscovered. The Dark Mountain Project was created to help this happen.

We launched the Project in 2009 with this manifesto.

Tickets for this year’s festival are now available. Book early, as our previous festivals have sold out.