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
Institutions in crisis? Cinema 2
Saturday 19 October: 12.15pm-1.15pm
Institutions in crisis? Cinema 2
School Fights Frobisher 1-3
Saturday 19 October: 1.30pm-3.00pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Institutions in crisis? Cinema 2
Urban Life Cinema 3
Saturday 19 October: 3.30pm-5.30pm
Battle for our minds Pit Theatre
Saturday 19 October: 5.30pm-6.45pm
Sunday 20 October: 9.30am-10.15am
Generation Wars Cinema 2
Sunday 20 October: 10.30am-12.00pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Generation Wars Cinema 2
Sunday 20 October: 12.15pm-1.15pm
Hot off the Press 2013 Hammerson Room
Sunday 20 October: 1.30pm-3.00pm
Sunday 20 October: 3.30pm-4.45pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Sunday 20 October: 5.15pm-6.15pm
Keynote Controversies Cinema 1
Contemporary Controversies Frobisher 1-3

Lessons from America: the new culture wars

"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

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