The University of Cambridge is getting ready to open its doors once again for the 10th annual Festival of Ideas. Themed this year, very pertinently, around “Truth”, the Festival (sister to the Science Festival held each Spring) celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences.
In a packed programme of over 200 events, you will find talks, exhibitions, films, performances, debates and workshops, all held in museums, galleries and lecture theatres across the city. Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Junction are among other organisations which will also be running programmes within the Festival.
This is an event that I look forward to every year and I’m not the only one. Ariel Retik, Manager of the Festival, tells me that more than 20,000 people attended the Festival in 2016 and they expect this year to be even bigger. In an eclectic line-up, there really is something for everyone, whether your interest lies in politics, history, the arts, literature or music or whether you just want to open your mind to new ideas. Most events are free. Some need to be booked in advance and, from personal experience, I recommend early booking.
With such a large number of events taking place all over the city, volunteers are needed for stewarding duties. If you are over 16 years old and would like to volunteer, you can email the Public Engagement Team on firstname.lastname@example.org to make yourself known.
The Festival of Ideas runs from 16 – 29 October. The full programme is available online and booking, online or by phone, opens on 25 September.
Booking lines 01223 766766, open Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm