We are delighted and excited to announce that Darren McGarvey will be joining for our first ever Festival of Recovery, 16-18 September 2022
Darren McGarvey, is a social commentator and hip hop artist from Glasgow, Scotland. He’s better known by his stage name “Loki”.
Darren grew up in Pollok on the south side of Glasgow. Between 2004 and 2006 he wrote and presented eight programmes on social deprivation for BBC Radio Scotland. Since then he has been a regular contributor to the BBC, STV and other national media, appeared in the independent film The Divide, and currently has a weekly column in The Scotsman.
Darren describes himself as a “cultural terrorist” who has “learned to use his traumatic past as a Trojan horse in which to smuggle unorthodox opinions past establishment gatekeepers.”
Darren has a certificate of excellence for his voluntary work with young people. In 2009, he founded Volition Scotland, an organisation that was designed and run by the young people who used it. He was part of the Poverty Truth Commission that was hosted in Glasgow in the same year. McGarvey became the Violence Reduction Unit’s first ever ‘Rapper-in Residence’ in 2015 and continues to work across Scotland in some of its most challenged communities.
Festival of Recovery