Marko Stepanov

Marko Stepanov is an artist from the former Yugoslavia who occasionally speaks on libertarian-anarchist themes or recites poetry. He came to London in 1986 and the first place he visited was Speakers’ Corner. For Marko, it was a mythical place because of its associations with the speeches of those condemned to hang at Tyburn. “Tyburnite” is Marko’s word for a Speakers’ Corner regular who believes in total freedom of speech. Speakers’ Corner became a crucial social space for Marko following the rise of nationalism and outbreak of war in his home country, which had a profound impact on his life and friendships. He started holding his own meetings about five years ago, but is more interested in dialogue than shouting about his own views. Marko describes people who “fought tooth and nail” all day meeting afterwards for friendly socials in the fast-food “chicken sheds” near Marble Arch: “Imagine 100 lunatics come in and destroy the business, they all have their own water or order a tea and then hang about for three hours.”

Audio of Marko

“Like extended family”

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Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, London.

About the project

Sounds from the Park is a unique oral and visual history of Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park: the UK’s last great open air oratory site.

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© Chris Kennett

Exhibition

Our exhibition can be seen online here or read our booklet about Speakers' Corner.

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Radio show

Our radio show can be listened to here.

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Young man talking at Speakers' Corner, 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

Education resources

History and Citizenship resources for Key Stage 3 and 4. Complete with a timeline of events at Speakers' Corner and other resources.

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