Battle of Ideas Festival

Almost as good as the Idea Awards is the Battle of Ideas.

It is a 2 day festival celebrating ideas in the fields of Arts & Culture, Economics, Education, Health & Well-being, Liberty & Law, Lifestyle & Society… to name a few. The 2010 Festival weekend (the last weekend in October) will present more than 70 debates, including titles such as From banks to BP: can we trust big business?, The war on alcohol – new puritanism or healthy sobriety? and What have the ancient Greeks done for us lately? (close to my heart, that one).

Run by the Institute of Ideas, the organisers have secured such influential speakers as Lord Bingham (who I have heard speak this year about the Rule of Law – a fascinating and energetic man) and Open University philosophy lecturer, Peter Cave, as well as some brave student debaters.

The Director of Battle of Ideas insists that it is not about being academic per se, and certainly not about being po-faced or over-earnest. Attendees are expected to be “free thinkers with verve, passion and idealism, embodying a spirit of irreverent scepticism”. Battle of Ideas can mean saying the unsayable and challenging received wisdom, in accordance with the festival motto ‘Free Speech Allowed’.

Tickets start from just £15 for the 2 days for secondary school students or £75 for adults. Alternatively, it is possible to purchase tickets for just one day. To get yours, click here. Make sure you let us know how it goes!

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