Every year at Mayfest – the theatre festival we run in Bristol – we notice the energy and passion of the conversations that take place, whether those conversations are part of one of our breakfast talks or late night propping up the bar, or in the queue for a show. We want to find a way to keep hold of that energy and passion all year round, especially in a country that seems almost unrecognisable to the one we were living in in May. More than ever we need time and space to come together and have a good old chat and a think.
So we came up with the idea of the MAYK Salon. Salon seems a grand term, but it seems right somehow: “a meeting for learning or enjoyment”. MAYK Salon will be a monthly event for anyone to attend, held in a pub or a café after work where we can meet, chat, socialise and hear from a specially selected speaker. You won’t know who the speaker is beforehand – it could be an artist, a politician, an academic, an activist and so on – so you’ll have to trust that we’ll come up with someone interesting and inspiring. MAYK Salon’s will take place on the last Thursday of every month.
We’ll provide the space and the speaker, and all we ask is that you come along with an open mind, a positive attitude and a willingness to listen. The speaker will only speak for a short time (this isn’t a lecture series), and there’ll be plenty of opportunity for informal conversation and sharing.
We want MAYK Salons to be as open and accessible as possible, so we’re making them Pay What You Decide. At the end of the evening, we’ll have a bucket for your contributions, which will help us cover costs of the event. But of course if you can’t afford to contribute, that’s okay too.
This event isn’t just for people who work in ‘the arts’, so do bring a friend (or two). It’s important to us this event feels welcoming. If you’d like to come, but are worried you won’t know anyone, drop us a line and we’ll make sure we say hello and introduce you to other friendly faces.
And if you have any ideas or suggestions drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Space, Old Market; The Green Man, Kingsdown ; The Miner's Arms, St Werburghs; The Windmill, Windmill Hill.