York Festival of Ideas 2015

The June festival’s must-see events

Joan Concannon, Director of External Relations at the University, gives us her top picks of events at the 2015 York Festival of Ideas…

The York Festival of Ideas will run from 5 to 21 June 2015. The Festival is led by the University and offers us an excellent opportunity to tell a really inclusive audience about the many ways our research makes a difference in the world and to work with partners across the UK to deliver more than 160 events. The festival is the largest free festival in the UK and last year ran 140 events and generated more than 1m unique impressions on social media.


Joan’s picks

The Mozart Question
(5 June)

Michael Morpurgo and The Mozart Question – Michael making a welcome return to the Festival in our opening night event, which will be held in York Minster.

Illustration from Michael Morpurgo's book "The Mozart Question"
Illustration from Michael Morpurgo’s book “The Mozart Question”
The Demands of Democracy
(10 June)

Honorary Graduate and Nobel Laureate, Professor Amartya Sen will deliver a major address on The Demands of Democracy.

Andrew Davies in conversation with Judith Buchanan
(12 June)

Andrew is also a welcome return visitor and this event will also mark the incredible legacy of Festival co-founder, Professor Jane Moody, whose passionate belief in the benefits of public discourse underpins the festival’s development

Curiouser and Curiouser – from Lewis Carroll to Alexander McQueen
(13/14 June)

A range of exciting, immersive and hands on workshops and talks exploring art, design, architecture including talks leading curators from the V&A, National Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park delivered in partnership with Channel 4.

quornThe Future of Food
(14 June)

In association with Quorn Foods exploring food and sustainability, food and health and food and consumer behaviour.

New Economic Models for All
(19 June)

Delivered in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with speakers including Sir Mark Walport, Zoe Williams, Katrine Marcal, John Kay, Patrick Minford, Polly Toynbee exploring the future of cities, the future of work and financial austerity.

Surveillance, Snowden and Security
(20 June)

A range of expert debating issues such as the legacy of Alan Turing, coding and cryptology, the implications of the Guardian’s coverage of Edward Snowden. Speakers include the Defence Editor of the Guardian, Ewen MacAskill, the former head of GCHQ, Professor Sir David Omand, the current Deputy Chief of Staff of NATO, Operations and Intelligence, Major Gordon Davis and Channel 4 Foreign Affairs Editor, Lindsey Hillsum.