About the festival

York is an incredibly exciting, vibrant and diverse city, rich in heritage, discovery and an overriding sense of curiosity - in short a city where ideas spring to life and flourish and where collaboration is celebrated. 

Festival of Ideas 2016 Brochure (PDF  , 7,160kb)

York Festival of Ideas 2017

The York Festival of Ideas will return from 6 to 18 June 2017 with a theme of The Story of Things. 


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.



Hear from the experts on subjects from brains to Beowulf.

Performances and films

Performances and Films

Theatre, music, film and more.

Community events

Community Events

From creative writing to hands-on science.



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

Visiting York?

Planning your visit to York Festival of Ideas? Plan ahead by viewing the online version of the York Visitor Guide 2016 with full information and tips on places to eat, stay and explore.

Visit the website to find out more.

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