Lipika Pelham

Lipika Pelham

Lipika Pelham worked in the BBC newsroom for over a decade, and has reported from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. She now writes and produces independent programmes for the BBC. She is the author of Jerusalem on the Amstel and The Unlikely Settler.

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  1. 21. PASSING: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF IDENTITY
    21. PASSING: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF IDENTITY

    A slave woman in 1840s America dresses as a white, disabled man to escape to freedom, while a twenty-first-century black rights activist is ‘cancelled’ for denying her whiteness. A Victorian explorer disguises himself as a Muslim in Arabia’s forbidden holy city. Today, Japanese untouchables leave home and change their name. All of them have ‘passed’, performing or claiming an identity that society hasn’t assigned or recognised as theirs. Historian, author and film-maker Lipika Pelham will reflect on tales of fluidity and transformation, and discuss with Tom Holland what these stories tell us about the changing meanings of identity.

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    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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