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Festival focus days

Throughout the Festival, several days are dedicated to events on a certain theme. These events are free, and guests are welcome to attend whichever events they wish to during the day.

All Festival Focus Days will take place in the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York. Note that most of the events require free tickets.


The Future of Food

Saturday 14 June 2014

What are the best business models to feed 10 billion - less meat, local versus global? How do we ensure that we have enough land and natural resources to produce enough food? How do we ensure that food production and businesses create the best affordable but healthily outcomes for citizens? Join us for the Future of Food Focus Day where experts from a variety of areas discuss and explore the order and chaos of food sustainability.

Economic Growth for the Many, not the Few

Friday 20 June 2014

The York Festival of Ideas in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation brings together a range of world-class economists, business leaders, policymakers and commentators to explore how to create fair and inclusive economic growth.


Murder they Wrote

Saturday 21 June 2014

Detectives and spies have always captured and enthralled the British public imagination. We are compelled to read between our fingers, stories of murder and espionage, intrigued as to how the often idiosyncratic detective or spy orders the evidence to bring terrifying chaos to order. Join us for a day of interviews and talks on the history and future of thrillers with some of the world's most exciting writers