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.
Be part of the Festival
Would you like to present an event as part of York Festival of Ideas? Then we’d love to hear from you. Anyone can run an event – we just ask that it takes place within the Festival dates and relates to the Festival theme for that particular year.
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.
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
Look out for book sales at many of our events
Massive variety of topics, performances etc. Something to suit all. Brilliant!!
Feedback from Festival survey 2019