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York Festival of Ideas will return from 8 to 20 June 2021 under the banner of Infinite Horizons. Featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks, family-friendly activities and much more, the Festival will offer over 150 FREE events for all ages and interests. Join us as we celebrate 10 years of educating, entertaining and inspiring. 

Please note that the 2020 Festival has been postponed.

The Story of Things podcast series

The Story of Things’ is a podcast series hosted by the University of York in partnership with the York Festival of Ideas. 

The series explores a variety of research from the University of York that has changed society or the way we think about our daily lives. Experts in their field discuss how we understand the world around us and what researchers and communities are doing to improve our environment, culture, health and wellbeing. 

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Over 150 Free Events

The majority of Festival events are free to attend

York Culture Awards

Winner of Outstanding Cultural Festival (Large) at York Culture Awards 2017 and 2018

Book selling

Look out for book sales at many of our events

Massive variety of topics, performances etc. Something to suit all. Brilliant!!

Feedback from Festival survey 2019

Festival archive

See previous festivals

Attendee guidance

Guidance for attendees

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