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York Festival of Ideas unveils 2023 programme

Posted April 28, 2023

The York Ideas Festival has announced its program for 2023, based on the theme ‘Rediscover, Re-Imagine, Rebuild’.

Tickets are currently available for more than 150 mostly free events – online talks, discussions and performances plus a host of family-friendly activities.

The Festival Program of 2023 can be watched online and paper brochures are available at the Visit York Information Center as well as at public libraries across the city.

Running from June 2-15, the Festival presents an eclectic program split between live and online events, and showcases a host of renowned international collaborators.

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York University leads the Festival, with the Holbeck Charitable Foundation returning as lead sponsor, with further support from the Higher Education Investment Fund.

The festival is further supported through partnerships with more than 100 local, national and international cultural, social and business partners including the Resolution Foundation, the National Center for Primitive Music, the York Royal Theater, York St John’s University, York Pride, York Army Museum and Ignite Music to name but a few.

This year’s festival showcases the contributions of a range of world-class speakers and artists, including renowned author, Mr. Michael Morpurgo; violinist, Anna Phoebe; former BBC presenter and Team GB triathlete, Louise Minchin; actor Tim McInnerny; attorney and former chief prosecutor, Nazi Afzal; former leader of the SNP in the House, Ian Blackford; and broadcaster and journalist Gavin Esler.

Spotlight event

The program also features author, historian and broadcaster, Tracy Borman;, singer and narrator, Supriya Nagarajan; with sound artist and songwriter, Duncan Chapman; GRAMMY-nominated opposition tenor, Reginald Mobley; visionary photographer, Sunil Gupta; and politician and campaigner, Michael Cashman.

this year The festival’s highlight events are sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the French Embassy in the United Kingdom, Aviva and the Morrell Center for Legal and Political Philosophy. These focus events will explore community-led solutions to poverty, the potential for reinventing the imagination in York City, the relationship between Africa and Europe, and the challenges facing the world. challenges faced by our criminal justice system.

Groups of experts that will reevaluate our approach to these challenges include:he is the Vice-Chancellor of York University and the chair of the N8 Research Partnership, Professor Charlie Jeffery; philosopher, Dr. Norman Ajari; executive director of the Ford Family Foundation, Laura Pulleyn; academic, Professor Benedicte Faivre Tavignot; and the northern correspondent of Financial TimesJen William.

Big tent

Festival in cooperation with Big tent The Festival of Ideas, the party platform for constructive debate and civil disagreement, arrives in York for the first time on Saturday, June 17 at Dean’s Park, providing a fitting coda for the show. .

Joan Concannon, Director of the York Ideas Festival, said: “We are proud to announce our program for 2023. It is topical, timely and engaging while retaining its appeal. Wide open to inquisitive minds, a spirit that is true to our fundamental ethos of educating, entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages.

“This year, in recognition of the enormous challenges facing humanity, we wanted to help audiences rediscover our common humanity, reimagine the foundations of our society, and rebuild our socioeconomic contracts both locally and globally.

“The festival, like our sponsors, is united in its commitment to the importance of sharing knowledge and ideas. Without their outstanding support, we wouldn’t be able to host so many events for free for our amazingly engaged and enthusiastic audience.”

family event

The festival continues to inspire and nurture the creativity and curiosity of young people with events ranging from hands-on nature activities to an afternoon of interactive fun for the family.

Families are encouraged to join a series of fun events at York’s public libraries on May 30, which will give children the opportunity to explore spaces in virtual reality and experience immersive experiences. sense of becoming an astronaut.

More information:

Tickets for the 2023 York Ideas Festival will go on sale from Friday, April 28. To view the full Festival program and book tickets, visit

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