Come to the York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas celebrates its tenth anniversary from 8-20 June with an eclectic programme featuring over 150 free online and in-person events.

Presented under the banner of ‘Infinite Horizons’, this year’s Festival promises to educate, entertain and inspire with an array of talks, performances, family activities and panel discussions.  The 2021 programme also features a special day of events to celebrate the Festival’s anniversary on Monday 7 June. 

The anniversary celebration day includes a reading of A Song of Gladness by children’s author Michael Morpurgo as part of A Celebration of Inspirational Ideas, as well as an event featuring influential economist Mariana Mazzucato and epidemiologist Kate Pickett, Mission Economy. Together they will discuss the need for a radical approach to restructuring capitalism and the continuing impact of economic policymaking on health and mental health. Rounding off the anniversary celebration day, She-Energy will celebrate women’s creativity through performance and discussion.

This year’s Festival will present contributions from a host of world-class speakers including novelists, Jung Chang and Sharlene Teo; historian, William Dalrymple; astronomer, Avi Loeb; psychiatrist, Veronica O’Keane; justice activist, Magid Magid; beauty expert, Katie Service; and journalists, John Crace and Tim Dowling.

York Festival of Ideas also includes a series of focus events which place the spotlight on some of the most pressing questions facing humankind. Panels of experts will explore issues ranging from how to create a fairer economy, to the role of imagination in science, and from the challenge of restoring serious debate in a politically polarised world, to the oceans and climate change.

Plus, there’s also the chance to support fellow PGRs in the York Three Minute Thesis Final!

You can view the full programme at

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Christine Comrie

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