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Storytelling is a very powerful tool and throughout history we have used narratives to change people’s vision of the world, to create culture. Stories have the unique power to inform the uninformed and allow people to imagine alternative views of what society can be. They can be passed down through the generations in a similar way to a family heirloom. Throughout the history of the Left people have told stories of unrepresented voices and the unheard to help inspire meaningful change.
Never before has there been a greater need for an alternative vision for society, with the mainstream media co-opted by a small group of billionaires to project their ideals of what society should be for their own narrow selfish interests. How many property shows are there? How many shows are there promoting celebrity culture? How many law and order shows are there? Stories that give another account of society’s injustices or that celebrate everyday life have over time been squeezed out of the national dialogue. Corporations use advertising to bombard the public through every avenue possible, in every corner of life, spending billions of pounds in the process. The right wing media have in effect created a tight grip on the national narrative.
Left Cultures is a contemporary space to champion all kinds of voices on the Left, whether that be Socialist, Communist, Anarchist or anything in between. The Left has always been fizzing with ideas to change society and Left Cultures celebrates the Left’s cultural past, discussing gems of storytelling within film, literature, music, art and poetry. It does this by asking culture creators practicing today who are willing to stand up and fight for their beliefs to tell a personal story of how culture from the past has influenced and inspired them. All the points of reference from both past and present come together to make a wonderfully rich, diverse and beautifully illustrated lexicon of Left Culture. As Tony Benn said ‘there is no final victory, as there is no final defeat. There is just the same battle. To be fought, over and over again. So, toughen up, bloody toughen up’.
Published by Left Cultures, leftcultures.com
Within the Left Cultures team, we have tonnes of talent and are always happy to get our teeth into great projects that contribute to the Left, it’s what we do best. We believe Visual Communication can play a huge role in a project’s success, a project that looks great, is visually engaging and communicates its intended purpose clearly, will have a much larger impact. We aren’t an agency and won’t take a cut. The Left Cultures team have their own services to offer and you can contact them directly using the links below. If you would like a little help, that’s cool but please direct your questions to right creative below. If you would like to commission and collaborate with entire the Left Cultures team to realise project, please email us directly through the contact page and let’s start a conversation.
Phil Wrigglesworth: Concept, Editorial and Creative Direction
Colum Leith:Editorial Direction
Marco Ugolini : Graphic Design
Axel Feldmann: Image Treatment
Rhian E Jones: Copy Editor
Carl Godfrey: In house Designer
Heather Savage: Social Media
City Edition Studio: Web Design & Development
Jessie Jones: Proof Reader
Left Cultures is a non-profit organisation, after covering publishing costs any money made will be offered back as an equal share to all contributors of each edition. We are completely self funded, have no major backers and we like it that way. Every contributor to the project does so because they believe in left-wing ideas being transmitted through cultural endeavours and does so without an upfront fee. All our contributors are amazing, generous and we want to say a massive thank you, to each and every one of you.