Festival of Ideas


The Cambridge Festival of Ideas celebrates its 10th anniversary with a line-up of distinguished speakers and a host of exhibitions and events.

Truth has dominated the news agenda in the last year and is the driving force of academic research. This year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas puts truth under the spotlight, discussing everything from whether we can still believe in experts and how conspiracy theories stake their claim to truth to what has driven populism around the world to whether we can still keep secrets in an age of technology.

The Festival, which  this year celebrates its 10th anniversary and attracts thousands of visitors, runs from 16th to 29th October. A packed programme teems with over 200 events ranging from debates, talks, exhibitions, films and performances held in lecture theatres, museums and galleries around Cambridge. There are events for all ages and most are free.

Speakers include Tristram Hunt, former Labour MP and now director of the Victorian and Albert Museum, award-winning author Pankaj Mishra, Richard Dearlove, former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, Professor Richard Evans, Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury,  Will Moy, director of Full Fact fact-checking agency, Martha Spurrier, director of Liberty, Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics, philosopher Professor Rae Langton, Aditya Chakrabortty, economics leader writer for the Guardian, economist Ha-Joon Chang, technology author George Zarkadakis and author and revisionist historian Ruth Dudley Edwards.

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