2018 Programme

Download the 2018 Festival of Ideas programme (PDF  , 16,653kb)

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.

York Festival of Ideas is made possible through the generous support of a range of sponsors and partners.


Most of our Festival venues are wheelchair accessible, but please do check on the individual event page.  If you require any information or help with accessibility please email us

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Visiting York?

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.

Explore 2018

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.

The Story of Things

Listen to Series Two of the Festival of Ideas podcast, hosted by Dr Penny Spikins.

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