As well as the debates taking place at this year's Battle of Ideas, the festival also offers other attractions to keep you stimulated intellectually throughout the day.
The trillion dollar question: is the US economy resurgent or dependent?
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast