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York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas 2020 will take place from 2 to 14 June under the banner of Virtual Horizons.

Welcome to York Festival of Ideas 2020 online

Prepare for a journey of discovery that will educate, entertain and inspire you from the comfort of your own home. 

We’ve been working with our partners to bring together a diverse programme of talks, music, activities and community trails (to explore on your daily exercise). World-class speakers will cover topics from How to Grow a Human with Phil Ball to a fascinating tour through the valley of the shadow of digital death with psychologist Elaine Kasket, while Tansy Hoskins will explain just what exactly your shoes are doing to the world. We'll also be working with independent bookseller Fox Lane Books to offer books  by many of our Festival speakers, and some signed bookplates too. 

Join us on our Festival Launch Day for our fantastic first events - Emily Maitlis and Isabel Berwick discussing Emily's book Airhead, followed by a panel discussion featuring University of York Vice-Chancellor Charlie Jeffery and speakers from York, Copenhagen and Christchurch, New Zealand, on how education providers and city partnerships can work together to drive a post-Covid economic recovery plan.

So pop the kettle on or top up your glass and join us in the online realm of ideas…

Roadmap to Recovery: York in a post-Covid world

How can cities like York, their businesses and their residents recover from the economic and social impacts of a pandemic like Covid-19? Join us as we explore how York might play a role in a national recovery plan.

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Over 50 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

Massive variety of topics, performances etc. Something to suit all. Brilliant!!

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