About the festival
York Festival of Ideas will take place from 6 to 18 June 2017 under the banner of
The Story of Things.
With over 180 events, including talks, performances and exhibitons, the Festival has an event for all ages and interests!
Celebrating the Magic of Books
To help celebrate the power of books and the stories they contain, we're giving away free books in the run up to the Festival. Look out for new and used, fiction and non-fiction books in city centre cafés. You'll recognise them by the York Festival of Ideas sticker, which invites you to read the book then pass it on. Many of the books are by speakers at this year's Festival.
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Discover talks, activities, performances and exhibitions that interest you.
Several days during the Festival are dedicated to events on a certain theme.
Hear from the experts on subjects from brains to Beowulf.
Theatre, music, film and more.
From creative writing to hands-on science.
Several exhibitions are on show around the city throughout the festival.
Planning your visit to York Festival of Ideas? 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.