Sunday 27 May 2018

Temple Bar chasing Bannon and Lewinsky

The festival is part of an ongoing attempt to move the image of Temple Bar away from being seen as a destination for stag and hen parties back to its original remit as a cultural quarter. Picture: Fergal Phillips
The festival is part of an ongoing attempt to move the image of Temple Bar away from being seen as a destination for stag and hen parties back to its original remit as a cultural quarter. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Fearghal O'Connor

Temple Bar is in negotiations with both former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former intern Monica Lewinsky for an upcoming political festival to be hosted in the cultural quarter.

The two high-profile US personalities are set to appear at the annual Festival of Politics, which this year will run in November.

The festival is part of an ongoing attempt to move the image of Temple Bar away from being seen as a destination for stag and hen parties back to its original remit as a cultural quarter.

It is being organised by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit collective of businesses and cultural centres.

CEO Martin Harte confirmed that he is in negotiation with both Bannon and Lewinsky.

"We want to provide a festival that looks at the broadest range of issues," he said.

It is scheduled for the week after the eagerly awaited US mid-term elections that are likely to deliver a seismic result - one way or another - for Bannon's former boss, President Donald Trump.

Zoltan Istvan, a so-called transhumanist who is currently running for Governor of California, has been confirmed for the event.

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