From just 20 events in 2011, York Festival of Ideas has grown into a fortnight packed full of talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances. Explore previous years' festivals and find out about past events.
In 2020, our online special highlighted new connections through the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018, we were inspired by the idea of celebrating human achievement while also reflecting on the damage that humans can cause.
With over 180 events to organise in 2016, time was of the essence!
From careful cartography to the turmoil of war, our 2014 festival explored humanity's Jekyll-and-Hyde nature.
In 2012 the Festival returned to explore change in the city and the world.
In 2019, we explored our wonderful world and the incredible wonder and ingenuity of humanity.
In 2017, we explored an array of topics ranging from the ancient and natural worlds, to science and creative writing, and from cycling to the human mind.
In 2015, we explored the murky world of security and surveillance and asked the dead to give up their secrets.
In 2013 we explored diverse themes ranging from economy and equality to science at the poles.
Our very first Festival of Ideas attracted more than 8,000 people to over 20 events across the city.