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 is a fantastic meeting place for public debate, intelligent interaction, and powerful ideas. It brought a real buzz to the Barbican in 2016, and at a time of profound national debate we greatly look forward to working together on the next event in 2017.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon, managing director, Barbican Centre; presenter, BBC Radio 4’s Cities From The Ashes; former director, BBC Proms
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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