Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:15

A provocative series of 15-minute talks by some of the UK’s top thinkers will raise the curtain on the second night of Massive Attack’s Eden Sessions double-header (Saturday June 16).

The 5x15 event will see five speakers talk for just 15 minutes each on their chosen subject. The talks will take place on stage in the beautiful surroundings of Eden’s Mediterranean Biome.

The speakers are:

•    Giles Duley on the legacy of war.
•    Lucy Siegle on turning the tide on plastic.
•    Hassan Akkad on Syria.
•    Sir Tim Smit on healing the soil.
•    Nimco Ali on ending FGM in Somaliland and beyond.

Giles Duley is a photographer, writer and CEO of the charity Legacy of War Foundation. Legacy of War is a five-year photographic project exploring the long-term effects of conflict globally.

Giles worked as a successful fashion and music photographer for ten years before he started documenting the work of NGOs. In 2011, he was seriously injured in Afghanistan and was told he would never walk again but returned to work less than 18 months later.

Giles’s photography will feature in Massive Attack’s show as part of a continuing visual collaboration with Robert Del Naja.

Lucy Siegle is a journalist, broadcaster and eco expert. She has had a weekly prime time TV slot dedicated to battling waste plastic on the BBC’s The One Show and a decade of experience as the Observer and Guardian's Ethical Living columnist. Her forthcoming book is Turning the Tide on Plastic.

Hassan Akkad is a filmmaker who filmed his journey from Syria to Europe. He has won a BAFTA for work on Exodus: Our Journey to Europe and Exodus: Our Journey Continues. He is an Ambassador for Help Refugees.

Sir Tim Smit is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the Eden Project. He is also Executive Chairman for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.

Nimco Ali is a social activist. Born in Somalia in the early 1980s, her family moved to Manchester when she was four. In 2010, Nimco along with psychotherapist Leyla Hussein founded Daughters of Eve. The non-profit organization was established to help young women and girls, with a focus on providing education and raising awareness on female genital mutilation (FGM). She also serves also as a Network Coordinator for the End FGM/C Social Change Campaign.

5×15 is an initiative of Rosie Boycott, Daisy Leitch and Eleanor O’Keeffe. They produce evenings of inspiration and entertainment for some of the world’s leading organisations and some of the world’s most discerning audiences.

Rita Broe, Eden’s marketing director, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be bringing such a powerful, eclectic group of speakers to the Eden Sessions. Each of them is a leading thinker in their field and will use their time on stage to introduce our audience to a raft of fresh and provocative ideas.”

The talks start at 5pm on Saturday June 16 and take place in the Mediterranean Biome. Admission is for both Eden Sessions ticket-holders and day visitors and is at no extra cost.

Massive Attack will be supported by Young Fathers at both of their Eden Sessions shows.

Other 2018 Eden Sessions are A Beautiful Day Out at Eden featuring the Levellers, New Model Army and Reef (June 23), Ben Howard (June 30), Queens of the Stone Age (July 3), Jack Johnson (July 5) and Björk (July 7).

Tickets are sold out for every show, with the exception of A Beautiful Day Out at Eden. Tickets to that Session cost £40 plus £5 booking fee and are available to buy through