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Secrets and Discoveries
Over 100 free events to educate, entertain and inspire

About the festival

York Festival of Ideas took place from 9 to 21 June 2015 with a theme of
Secrets and Discoveries

With over 150 events, including talks, performances and exhibitons, the Festival was an event for all ages and interests!

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Surveillance, Snowden and Security

The Deputy Chief of Staff of NATO, Operations and Intelligence, Major General Gordon 'Skip' Davis and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Defence Editor of the Guardian, Ewen MacAskill lead a debate on the nature and appropriate level of state surveillance...

Financial austerity

Business leaders, journalists and economists gathered to explore whether economic models and systems used nationally and globally are actually fit for purpose.

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Festival themes

Discover talks, activities, performances and exhibitions that interest you.

Festival focus days

Several days during the Festival are dedicated to events on a certain theme.

Talks

Talks

Everything from Stalin's supper to the secrets of the universe.

Performances and films

Performances and films

Theatre, music, film, dance and more.

Community events

Community events

From creative writing to hands-on science.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Several exhibitions are on show around the city throughout the festival.

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