About the festival

York Festival of Ideas 2018 will take place from 5 to 17 June under the banner of 
Imagining the Impossible

With mostly free events, including talks, performances and exhibitions, the Festival delivers events for all ages and interests. Keep a look out for the 2018 programme in Spring 2018!

York Festival of Ideas 2017 Brochure (PDF  , 13,178kb)‌‌

Fake or fact – can you tell the difference?

Are you able to recognise when a news story is genuine or fake? As part of our Democracy under Threat? Focus Day we are offering you the chance to find out. Take part in our survey and see if you can correctly identify true or fake news. We’ll reveal the results on Saturday 10 June.

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Explore 2017

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 a visit to York? Plan ahead by viewing the online version of the York Visitor Guide 2017 with full information and tips on places to eat, stay and explore.

Visit the website to find out more.

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