The Big Meeting
1 Hour 31 Minutes
Every second Saturday in July the city of Durham is taken over by miners, trade-unions and the public for a major event known locally as THE BIG MEETING. The Durham Miners' Gala is an annual celebration of noise, colour and solidarity, of class culture, creativity and endeavour. Attracting 200,000 people, banners and brass bands parade through the streets to honour their heritage. THE BIG MEETING reflects the past, present and future of the Gala and labour movement, whilst following four protagonists over the course of this impressive working-class occasion.
2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners' Association making the timing of this documentary particularly relevant. 55 years since the first documentary on the Gala, THE BIG MEETING offers a fascinating look into the world’s most significant annual public meeting.
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July 2, 2019