Festival of Ideas

Coventry has always been a home to curious eyes and new ways of thinking. The Festival of Ideas, which will span Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, will get the city thinking, talking and confronting the big issues of our time. National and international collaborations with groundbreaking organisations will bring political debate, citizens’ assemblies, talks, conferences and interviews to the heart of Coventry - and everyone is invited.

The first events are on sale now, with more to be announced as the year continues.

Image: Festival of Ideas logo.

Image: Festival of Ideas logo.

ON SALE NOW

The Island by DeBALIE

Sunday 22 August

The Island is an exciting online social experiment in which a diverse group of citizens from Coventry need to work democratically to create a shared home on an island under challenging circumstances.

The recorded interviews and sessions will be edited into a short film that will premiere on 22 August followed by a panel and audience discussion. 

Made in the Midlands with Debbie Isitt

Friday 27 August

The Made in the Midlands podcast explores our regional identity through the voices of those who are from the Midlands and have risen to prominence in Britain.

This time, we’re interviewing Bafta and Emmy award-winning writer and director, and Coventry kid, Debbie Isitt.

Creative Freedom (Battle of Ideas)

Battle of Ideas is a panel debate featuring experts and critics from the cultural world and beyond. After each panellist gives some short introductory remarks, at least half the session is given over to debate with questions and points from the audience.

This event has been produced by Academy of Ideas and forms part of Battle of Ideas Festival 2021.

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Big Tent Ideas Festival 2021

Saturday 10 July

Join us for a day of conversation, discussion and debate exploring how the UK City of Culture could be a catalyst for cultural and economic regeneration in 2021 and beyond.

Made in the Midlands with Ken Loach

Wednesday 28 July

We're speaking to film director Ken Loach at Coventry Cathedral in front of a live audience. The Made in the Midlands podcast explores our regional identity through the voices of those who are from the Midlands and have risen to prominence in Britain.

 

COMING SOON

Made in the Midlands Podcast

July - October 2021

What does it mean to be a Midlander?

The Made in the Midlands podcast explores our regional identity through the voices of those who are from the Midlands and have risen to prominence in Britain.