Battle of Ideas 2016
22 & 23 October |
London

Tickets for the 2016 festival weekend at the Barbican are now available at early-bird rates. See our tickets page for more information.

The Battle of Ideas 2015 festival weekend was a great success, with more debates, speakers and attendees than ever before. You can keep up to date with our latest audio and video from the 2015 festival, and be the first to know the latest news about the 2016 festival, by signing up to our newsletter.

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Images from Battle of Ideas 2015.
Thanks to James Berry, Paul Brocklehurst, Lameya Chaudhury and Tom Fenn for the pictures.

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2015 speakers include
Lesley Curwen, business, economics and personal finance journalist, BBC; writer and speaker

Roxana Silbert, artistic director, Birmingham REP Theatre

Christina Hoff Sommers, writer and resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; host, weekly video series, The Factual Feminist

Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics writer; author, Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Linda Blum , associate professor of sociology, Northeastern University, Boston

David Aaronovitch, columnist, The Times; author, Voodoo Histories; chair, Index on Censorship

Julie Bindel, journalist, author, broadcaster and feminist activist; research fellow, Lincoln University

The Battle of Ideas 2015 was produced by the
Institute of Ideas
IN ASSOCIATION WITH



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“Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words.”
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

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