Funzing Talks: Rave as Psychedelic Ritual @ MadLab, Manchester [18 April]

Funzing Talks: Rave as Psychedelic Ritual

19:00 - 22:00

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36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN Manchester, United Kingdom
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Venue: Lighthouse Bar, Shoreditch
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm

Raving is the modern version of the ecstatic celebrations that can be found in many cultures. The combination of communal dance, costume and psychedelic drugs echoes many rituals both ancient and modern.

This talk will explore the similarities between all-night raving with Ecstasy and the Native American Church's Peyote ceremony and the traditional shamanism of the Huichol people in Mexico. Discover how our ancestors created spectacular light shows and repetitive beats before lasers and electronic music were invented! Julian Vayne, author of the celebrated 'Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony' is an entheogenic ritual practitioner and will be sharing examples of archaic and modern techniques used in communal psychedelic ritual and how these are reflected in festival, clubland and free parties. He will argue that the rave culture serves an essential human need, one that was last officially part of European society in the Rites of Eleusis in ancient Greece. Raving can be more than just a great night out, it is an attempt to find initiation, community and liberation even in the face of prohibition and repression.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


Funzing Talks is a new concept which aims to re-invent your after work drinks. We've pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a Funzing Talks event makes the perfect after work activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that — you never know where it may lead you!
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