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The annual weekend festivaI where ideas matter: time to get serious

The Battle of Ideas Festival is an annual event in London that provides an open public space for debate on the core intellectual challenges facing the arts, politics, education, science, economics and society.The festival is unlike others in that the public attend all weekend and its focus is engaging public debate on the key political, social and cultural issues of the day, interrogating orthodoxies, and shaking up lazy thinking by taking a fresh look at contemporary controversies and challenging speakers and audience alike to ‘shape the future through debate’.  It draws together more than 350 international speakers each year and is attended by some 2,000 people from all walks of life. Launched in 2005, the BoI has expanded to include a programme of stand-alone Battle Satellite events in the UK and internationally. Our motto is “Free speech allowed” – and we mean it.

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Battle of Ideas Festival 2019

9:30am, Saturday 2 November, Barbican, Silk Street, London