The Festival weekend includes 80 debates across the two days. View and print out the Timetable as a two-page PDF.
Together with the Hargrave Foundation, we are delighted to make the following special offer to school pupils: a free day-ticket to the Battle of Ideas festival, for either Saturday 20 or Sunday 21 October. And if you want to attend the whole weekend you can do so for just £10 for the other day! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which day you would like to attend free, the name of your school and give a postal address to send your free ticket to.
Claire Fox’s essay Why the Battle of Ideas 2012 says today “it is difficult to assert the importance of freedom in 2012 without people raising a range of caveats: do we mean unregulated freedom to exploit? Aren’t the media, bankers and big business too free? How can we trust organisations that want the freedom to hide their secrets?”
We are offering current undergraduate and postgraduate students a limited number of Lloyds Scholars Programme: Student Champion 2012 weekend tickets for just £27.50 - half the normal concession rates.
Tickets can be bought from the Barbican website, here.
The initial progamme of UK and international Battle satellite events is now listed on the website. Check back for updates as more are announced and plan your October in the run-up to the Battle of Ideas festival itself.
The Battle of Ideas 2012 programme has now been released: you can see the titles and times of sessions through the weekend on the website; browse through sessions by strand; the keynotes; and by theme.
Full details of sessions and speakers will be released through August.
Tickets will be available very soon: check back for more information.
We are delighted to announced that, from this year, the Battle of Ideas festival will be held at the Barbican in London as an ongoing partnership. Obviously it is very exciting and a great honour to be working with one of the world’s leading arts centres: new challenges and adventures lie ahead. We leave the wonderful Royal College of Art, our home for 7 successful years, with sadness but will continue collaborating with the RCA on a variety of Battle of Ideas related projects into the future.
Moving to the Barbican allows us a fantastic opportunity to reconceive the festival in its eighth year: to expand the numbers, but also to realise our ambition of making the Battle of Ideas a focus for Europe-wide intellectual discussions about the key social, artistic, economic, political and scientific issues of our times. One positive aspect of this new Battle of Ideas home is the use of some fabulous new spaces for the weekend’s 70+ debates, from the cinemas and the Pit Theatre to the conservatory and the myriad nooks and crannies in the many foyers. It will be great fun taking over such a prestigious venue for a weekend and making it come alive with the buzz of debate. This year the Battle of Ideas weekend will be held on the third weekend of October: 20-21 October 2012. Put the date in your diary and we’ll see you all there.
LET BATTLE COMMENCE!
Pax Romana: civilising the barbarians or evil empire?
"There's a real sense of intellectual delight that so much can be discussed in just sixty minutes - and so thoughtfully - both by the speakers and especially by the audience. A rich feast of ideas."
Christopher Kelly, reader in Ancient History and Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Corpus Christi College