About the festival
York Festival of Ideas 2018 took place from 5 to 17 June under the banner of Imagining the Impossible.
With mostly free events, including talks, performances and exhibitions, the Festival delivered events for all ages and interests.
York Festival of Ideas is made possible through the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners.
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Download the 2018 Festival of Ideas programme (PDF , 16,653kb)
Planning a visit to York? Plan ahead by viewing the online version of the York Visitor Guide 2018 with full information and tips on places to eat, stay and explore.
Visit the website to find out more.
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.
The Story of Things
Listen to Series Two of the Festival of Ideas podcast, hosted by Dr Penny Spikins.