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York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas 2019 will take place from 4 to 16 June under the banner of A World of Wonder.

Calendar of Events

Ticketing for York Festival of Ideas 2019 is now open. Book your inspirational events today.

Join us for a wide range of inspiring – and mostly free – events. Featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks, family-friendly activities and much more, our programme offers something for all ages and interests.

Festival Themes

All our events are grouped into 16 broad themes to make it easier for you to identify events of interest to you.

Festival Focus Days

Throughout the Festival, a number of days are dedicated to events on a certain theme.

Over 150 Free Events

The majority of Festival events are free to attend

York Culture Awards

Winner of Outstanding Cultural Festival (Large) at York Culture Awards 2017 and 2018

Book selling

Look out for book sales at many of our events

A World of Wonder

Tuesday 4 June 2019
7.15pm to 9.15pm
York Minster, Deangate

Our inspiring launch event, taking place in the magnificent setting of York Minster and hosted by distinguished journalist Anne McElvoy, shines a light on our festival theme, A World of Wonder. Join Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, broadcaster Misha Glenny and humanitarian Terry Waite as they explore our extraordinary world and the incredible wonder of humanity. 

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York Festival of Ideas launch event 2019

Great wide range of events and felt very welcoming

Feedback from Festival survey 2018

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Showcasing York Research

Showcasing York Research

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