Eyes meeting over the tops of newspapers. Friendships forged from small talk. Laughs shared as you lurch with the rattle of carriages. Trains provoke chance encounters; encounters that might just change your course – professional, creative or otherwise.
On board a 1930s steam train chugging across the Cornish countryside, Strangers on a Train is a one-day thought festival designed to celebrate these moments – and spark new creativity, collaboration and intrigue along the way.
As well as a first-class line-up of speakers, performers and immersive experiences, we’ll encourage conversation over artistically mixed gin cocktails served by Tarquin’s Distillery, dining at the station with The Kitchen, live music, and a whole lot more besides.
Specialising in graphic design for filmmaking, Annie’s work has featured in Oscar-nominated films including Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel (which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Production Design), the animated feature The Boxtrolls, and Spielberg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. As well as creating contemporary artwork for movie posters, she also designs and makes any graphic pieces outlined by a period film script, from prison escape maps and telegrams to fake love letters. She’ll be sharing insights and intrigue from the colourful and unexpected worlds she helps create.
Simon doesn’t just share stories. He shapes them. At 24, he set up Global Tolerance, an international communications agency, to spread messages of hope. Over the next decade, he worked with the likes of the Dalai Lama, Gandhi’s grandson, Jedi Knights, Prince of Wales, Nile Rogers, TED and the UN – reaching hundreds of millions of people. A popular Pause for Thought contributor on the Chris Evans show on Radio 2 for two years, Simon is a deep thinker and doer. Inspired by Nelson Mandela and the legacy of love and leadership that he himself wanted to leave, he gave away his £1m company to be a stay-at-home dad. He’ll be showing how we can make ourselves more open to luck, positivity and chance encounters of the very best kind.
Tipping their train caps and polishing their pocket watches, the theatrical talents of the Scary Little Girls troupe is set to transport our train carriages back to the 1930s with a touch of immersive theatre and wide-eyed story telling. You never know where this journey may take you…
Our love for curating inspiring events is matched only by our love of words, particularly those published in print. Shortly after you’ve stepped off the train and digested the day’s happenings, we’ll be sending you a limited addition magazine created specially in tandem with this event. (You’ll get the chance to make your mark on the publication throughout the event, too – more on that to come).
Live music and more treats to be announced in the coming weeks
Our food and drink partners are on board to fill stomachs and quench thirsts, from departure to arrival (no hard-crusted, bankrupting sandwiches allowed!). Expect chance encounters of a culinary kind as The Kitchen plates up a first class feast on the platform. Let Tarquin’s Distillery whet your whistle in cinematic style with Martinez cocktails and a side of gin proficiency. And keep your think tank chugging with a bundt cake and specialty coffee from our friends at German mobile bakery with a difference, Kern.
Strangers on a Train is brought to you by the team behind the sell-out success of Raft – a ‘lifeboat of fresh thinking in a sea of ordinary’ that set sail in October 2014. Don’t miss the one-off chance to be transported again this autumn.
– Jenifer Cadd, Anja Jones Translation
“The creative power of Raft transcended our expectations, blew our minds wide open and left a nice, warm sensation of tickling inspiration.”
Full fare: £60