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‘One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star’ – Friedrich Nietzsche


Breakfast Club starts with a bang as Fierce Festival’s Laura McDermott puts the chaos theory to the test. Many famous artists have experimented with abandoning control as a means of directing the creative process. Laura invites musicians, educators and business figures to help us consider how less control can sometimes result in more rewarding outcomes.

Start your weekends with big ideas, breakfast by Yoghurt Culture and coffee from Small Batch by donation.

Next Wave Breakfast Club

Kickstart your brain with a dose of stimulation courtesy of Next Wave. Breakfast Club is your morning shot of artistic and intellectual insight. We’re not interested in expert-led formats or a room full of people thinking the same things; we want big opinions, good discussion and personal stories.


Tania El Khoury

Tania El Khoury lives and works between London and Beirut. She creates immersive installations and challenging performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. Her work has toured around the world and won multiple awards. It has been shown in spaces ranging from the British Museum to a ... Read more

Phillip O'Carroll

Philip O’Carroll, with his wife Faye Berryman, founded an alternative primary school in 1976. Fitzroy Community School, still going strong, is now run by their former first pupil, their oldest son Timothy Berryman. The school has gained public recognition in recent years for its extraordinary ... Read more

Pierre Proske

Pierre Proske is an electronic artist, creative technologist and director of Media Lab Melbourne. He is an Australian artist intrigued by the pervasiveness of technology in science and culture and its relationship to nature. His work involves exposing the unspoken relationships we have with technolo... Read more

Laura McDermott

Laura McDermott is joint artistic director (along with Harun Morrison) of Fierce Festival – an international festival of live art and public intervention. Fierce takes place annually in arts venues and other sites across the city of Birmingham, UK. In 2012-13 Laura was awarded a CLORE Fellowship i... Read more


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