About Leviathan

Public conversations crafted to inform, entertain and empower

Created and produced by Naoise Nunn, hosted by David McWilliams and guests, and featuring fascinating and engaging commentators as well as comedy, music and satire from Paddy Cullivan, Doris/Magee Productions and special guests.

We’ve also produced the MindField arena at Electric Picnic since 2006

“The hottest ticket in town” The New York Times

“A truly remarkable event” Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

Leviathan is more than just another forum; it is an agent for change.

Centred on a moderated panel discussion which carefully integrates audience contributions, each Leviathan event also features entertainment in the form of specially-commissioned music, film and comedy performance as well as occasional literary and poetry readings.

It’s not just politics, though – Leviathan conversations can and have covered a wide range of subject matter including economics, culture, society, business, religion, health, education, the environment, energy and international relations.

But, in any of these, the single most important element is the audience.

Our Leviathan people are more than just an audience, they are an integral part of the process. They talk directly to the panel members, to the host and to one another. Theirs are the authentic voices often unheard in the mainstream media.

Leviathan is where dialogue between generations can happen. This is where the expression of shared experience helps different people find common cause and empathy.

For our part, we aim to make seemingly complicated ideas accessible and more easily understood. We aim to give people information and insights they’re not getting elsewhere. We aim to give people the tools to be more active citizens and, in doing so, empower them.

We have fun too.

Beyond the events themselves, Leviathan plans to encourage the conversation to continue online and offline. We plan to design and operate a website which acts as a hub for the ongoing conversation through moderated discussion boards and links to resources and tools which can be used by our newly-empowered and motivated citizens.

This is where we believe the beginnings of a new social cohesion can be found.

Leviathan plans to run about 30 events between April 25th and December 31st 2012, including monthly events in the Sugar Club venue in Dublin and Monroe’s Tavern in Galway; several venues at a number of festivals throughout the country, including Kinsale Arts Festival, Éigse Arts Festival among others, as well as three headlining events in the Leviathan tent as part of the MindField arena at Electric Picnic festival. We also plan to run an event called Treason!: A Festival of Political Intrigue At the Old Vic Tunnels in London in November.

Leviathan has been running since 2003, usually hosted by David McWilliams, and has featured, among others, Bob Geldof, Naomi Klein, Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Irvine Welsh, Brian Keenan, Jon Snow, Toby Young, Dara Ó Briain, Ronnie Drew, Miriam O’Callaghan, Ryan Tubridy, Sebastian Barry, Liam Clancy, Des Bishop and Camille O’Sullivan, as well as dozens of current and former Government ministers and even our current President, Michael D. Higgins.