The date for our first convention is 24/25th October 2020. It is located at the historic seaside resort of Brighton, England.
We have a program of presentations by celebrity speakers over three sessions: Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, with a separately ticketed Gala Award Banquet/Cabaret on the Saturday evening.
The venue for the Speaker sessions is Brighton University’s Sallis Benny Theatre on Grand Parade - a state of the art lecture theatre in central Brighton with tiered seating and a cafe bar plus exhibition area and patio on the side.
The venue for the Saturday evening Gala Award Banquet/Cabaret hosted by Kevin Precious is the four star Grand Hotel on Kings Road, Brighton.
Richard Dawkins will be presented with the Lifetime Award for service to Rational Thinking by Lawrence Krauss and a painting of Christopher Hitchens will be auctioned at the Gala Award Banquet/Cabaret. This event is separately ticketed.
The Saturday and Sunday morning speaker sessions take place in Brighton University's Sallis Benney Theatre which is a step away from the Royal Pavilion across Victoria Gardens in Queen Victoria's favorite seaside town.
This venue is a state of the art lecture theatre with a cafe bar alongside, an exhibition area and patio garden.
Tables can be hired for the sale of merchandise at the sessions.
The Gala Award Banquet/Cabaret will be held at the classic four star Grand Hotel, Brighton.
On arrival, each guest will be handed a glass of champagne and shown to their table. They will then be treated to a multi course menu, with several options, prepared by the Grand Hotel chefs and accompanied by a half bottle of wine, finished off with coffee and mints. This will be a night to remember!
The Award ceremony will recognize several noble and some ignoble nominees and will be hosted by RE Teacher turned comedian, Kevin Precious.
Messages of goodwill from around the world will be screened.
The four star Grand Hotel has allocated some rooms for us at a special price.
There is a great assortment of accommodation at all star ratings within a short walk of both venues.
Just search online for Brighton Hotels.
Brighton is just 40 minutes from London Gatwick International Airport by train or car.