2013 Programme: Festival weekend overview

The Festival weekend includes more than 70 debates which are listed below ordered by time slot and room. To see Saturday or Sunday sessions only, select the day you want from the menu on the left or select sessions by Theme.

Or view and print out the Timetable as a two-page PDF.

Saturday 19 October: 10.30am-12.00pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Battle for our minds Pit Theatre
Institutions in crisis? Cinema 2
Battle for technological progress Frobisher Auditorium 1
School Fights Frobisher 1-3
Private or public morality? Frobisher Auditorium 2
Saturday 19 October: 12.15pm-1.15pm
Lunchtime Debates Cinema 1
Institutions in crisis? Cinema 2
Battle for technological progress Frobisher Auditorium 1
School Fights Frobisher 1-3
Private or public morality? Frobisher Auditorium 2
Saturday 19 October: 1.30pm-3.00pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Battle for our minds Pit Theatre
Institutions in crisis? Cinema 2
Battle for technological progress Frobisher Auditorium 1
Private or public morality? Frobisher Auditorium 2
Literature Wars Hammerson Room
Urban Life Cinema 3
Saturday 19 October: 3.30pm-5.00pm
Battle for our minds Pit Theatre
Battle for technological progress Frobisher Auditorium 1
School Fights Frobisher 1-3
Private or public morality? Frobisher Auditorium 2
Literature Wars Hammerson Room
Saturday 19 October: 5.30pm-6.45pm
School Fights Frobisher Auditorium 1
Battle for technological progress Frobisher 1-3
Private or public morality? Frobisher Auditorium 2
Literature Wars Hammerson Room
Balloon Debate Camera Café
Sunday 20 October: 9.30am-10.15am
Wrestling with the World Pit Theatre
Generation Wars Cinema 2
Battle over Scientific Information Frobisher Auditorium 2
Contemporary Controversies Frobisher 1-3
Economic solutions? Conservatory
Sunday 20 October: 10.30am-12.00pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Wrestling with the World Pit Theatre
Generation Wars Cinema 2
Battle over Scientific Information Frobisher Auditorium 2
Contemporary Controversies Frobisher 1-3
Economic solutions? Conservatory
Sunday 20 October: 12.15pm-1.15pm
Wrestling with the World Pit Theatre
Generation Wars Cinema 2
Contemporary Controversies Frobisher 1-3
Artistic Battles Garden Room
Hot off the Press 2013 Hammerson Room
Sunday 20 October: 1.30pm-3.00pm
Generation Wars Cinema 2
Battle over Scientific Information Frobisher Auditorium 2
Contemporary Controversies Frobisher 1-3
Economic solutions? Conservatory
Artistic Battles Garden Room
Hot off the Press 2013 Hammerson Room
Sunday 20 October: 3.30pm-4.45pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Wrestling with the World Pit Theatre
Battle over Scientific Information Frobisher Auditorium 2
Contemporary Controversies Frobisher 1-3
Economic solutions? Conservatory
Artistic Battles Garden Room
Sunday 20 October: 5.15pm-6.15pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Wrestling with the World Pit Theatre
Battle over Scientific Information Frobisher Auditorium 2
Contemporary Controversies Frobisher 1-3
Economic solutions? Conservatory
Sunday 20 October: 6.30pm-7.30pm
Plenary Barbican Theatre

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Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast

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