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York Festival of Ideas 2021

8 - 20 June

Welcome to York Festival of Ideas 2021 as we celebrate ten years of educating, entertaining and inspiring!

Under the banner of Infinite Horizons, we are proud to present a diverse and spectacular programme of over 150 free online and in-person events.

Our eclectic and accessible programme features world-class speakers, performances, family activities and walking trails, with events for all interests and ages.

Calendar of Events

Browse our Calendar and plan which events to attend each day of the Festival.

Festival Themes

All our events are grouped into 15 broad themes to make it easier for you to identify events of interest to you.

Festival Launch Events

Don’t miss our tenth anniversary celebration day on Monday 7 June when we present three incredible Festival launch events:


Trailblazing York

Enjoy the fun as you explore our beautiful city on the Trailblazing York Walking Trail and learn about some of the incredible people who have helped shape York and the world beyond.

Helping You Get Online

York residents unable to watch online events at home are invited to book a computer at any Explore York Library where free Festival earbud headphones are also available.

Fox Lane Books

Independent bookseller Fox Lane Books will be providing online sales of many of our speakers’ books.

A Global Festival

York Festival of Ideas is proud to work with some amazing international partners in India, Bangladesh, The Netherlands, Greece and France.

Together with a range of incredible speakers from across the world, these partnerships enable us to educate, entertain and inspire on a global stage.

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