York Festival of Ideas 2023 will take place from 2-15 June, with 'Rediscover, Reimagine, Rebuild' as its theme and a diverse programme of free events to educate, entertain and inspire.
Our 2023 programme will be available from Friday 28 April.
In 2022 the Festival took place from 11-24 June.
'Such a festival. Such a welcome. To be able to perform, to tell my story with my friends in one of the great buildings of the world [York Minster], and to do it as part of a festival that enables everyone to come who wants to come, I found hugely inspiring. I love the idea of a festival of ideas that is free at the point of delivery. In an ideal world that is how it should always be. Long may this festival continue and may I be invited back from time to time to enjoy the place, the people and the idea.’
Sir Michael Morpurgo
About the Festival
Featuring world-class speakers, exhibitions, theatre, music, films, guided walks, family-friendly activities and much more, York Festival of Ideas offers a huge range of stimulating and diverse events for all ages and interests – most of them free.
The delivery of a festival that is composed predominantly of free events is underpinned by the support of our partners and sponsors.
The Festival could not go ahead without the help and support of our partner organisations and institutions.
I LOVED so much of this. The concept, the variety, the option to book live but watch later if needed, the depth of knowledge brought by the speakers I saw, it was all brilliant!
Feedback from 2021 Festival