York is an incredibly exciting, vibrant and diverse city, rich in heritage, discovery and an overriding sense of curiosity – in short a city where ideas spring to life and flourish.
York Festival of Ideas celebrates this vibrancy. This year’s programme – with a theme of North and South – once again brings together a range of world-class speakers, exhibitions, performances and a host of stimulating and interactive experiences for people of all ages, including York residents and visitors to the city.
The terms North and South are loaded with cultural, social, economic, historical, scientific, geographical, industrial and broader resonances – both in the UK and throughout the world.
Celebrating York’s status as ‘capital of the North’, this year’s Festival will explore, question and celebrate ideas of ‘North’, both as a stand-alone idea, and in direct comparison with ideas of ‘South’.
All staff and students from the White Rose Universites are most welcome to all the Festival of Ideas events in York
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