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The Guardian at 200: Akram Khan and Amitav Ghosh

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Dancer and choreographer Akram Khan will be in conversation with novelist Amitav Ghosh.

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During his 20 year career, Khan has become one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary dancers and choreographers, collaborating with artists including Kylie Minogue, Anish Kapoor, Juliette Binoche and Nitin Sawhney. He doesn’t shy away from addressing the big issues of our time and next year will be retelling Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book through the lens of the climate crisis, reinventing Mowgli as a climate refugee.

Acclaimed Indian novelist Ghosh is also a vocal environmental campaigner, often tackling the climate emergency in both his fiction and non-fiction works. His 2016 book, The Great Derangement, asks whether future generations will question current inaction and imaginative failure in the face of the climate crisis. Through his writing, Ghosh also challenges why more fiction writers don’t face the subject of climate, with work that instead tends to be categorised as science fiction rather than reality.

These two men, each known for using their storytelling as vehicles for tackling wider issues, will be discussing their respective creative outputs and how they utilise art to create meaningful and powerful messages about the environmental crisis.

We are celebrating The Guardian’s 200th birthday with a digital festival featuring today’s leading thinkers, activists, artists and politicians. Join our specially curated programme of online conversations from wherever you are in the world. See the full lineup here and sign up to our newsletter for more announcements.

All tickets include the opportunity to watch the event on demand at a later time. A link to the recording will be sent to all ticket holders 24 hours after the event.

Running time: 60 minutes

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