Marx Memorial Library celebrated the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth with a jam-packed international conference. The event - examining the relevance of Marxism today - took place at London University's SOAS. Over 300 attended to hear speakers from Cuba, South Africa, India, Germany, China and many from the UK. Sessions on gender and race, on the role of the state, on nationalism, on artificial intelligence and on the environment examined how Marxism can be applied to present day conditions. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell brought the event to a climactic end, highlighting the new wave of interest in Marxism which had followed the 2007-8 financial crash. Sponsors of the event included the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, Unison, the Indian Workers' Association the Ken Sprague Fund and SOAS.