Battle of Ideas — 22 & 23 October 2016
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Our 2016 festival was a huge success, with hundreds of speakers challenged by thousands of attendees. Tickets for Battle of Ideas 2017 are now on sale at Early Bird prices. If you would like to get involved, find out about volunteering at the 2017 festival.
The Battle of Ideas takes place over just one weekend, but the debates you hear, and the arguments you have, last for months afterwards. Nowhere else have I ever been so uncomfortable, so challenged and so engaged. From bolshy youngsters to well-trained academics, everyone is welcome to have their say - the outcome is truly electric.
Dr Anthony Daniels aka Theodore Dalrymple, psychiatrist; columnist; author, Spoilt Rotten: The toxic cult of sentimentality
Feminism: in conversation with Camille Paglia
Trump: the rise of The Donald
From Bowie to Bieber: what makes a music icon?
Who owns jazz?
Immigration: what is the future of free movement?
Comedy and censorship: are you kidding me?
What is the truth about ‘post-factual politics’?
What’s wrong with men’s rights?
Driverless cars: who’s in control?
Are schools producing Generation Snowflake?
The UK economy after Brexit: sink or swim?
Dating apps: the end of romance?
Is utopian thinking dead? Attitudes to the future
Women’s trouble? The pay gap debate
Nihilism and terror: how political is the new jihadism?
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