Throughout the weekend, a special programme of informal conversations between Battle of Ideas speakers on topics ‘in the news’. These will be programmed in the days leading up to the festival to ensure they are as topical as possible. Details of issues and speakers will be published online the week before the Battle of Ideas and look out for details over the weekend.
All Hot Off the Press sessions are free and open to non ticket holders.
From open values to burqa bans: have Europeans lost the habit of tolerance?
"I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet."
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting