Battle of Ideas 2014
18 & 19 October |
London

Our annual festival at the Barbican was a great success. If you would like a taste of the high-quality debates enjoyed by attendees at this year’s festival, there is still time to catch one of our UK Satellite events and our International Satellite events.

The Battle of Ideas 2015 will take place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival by signing up to our newsletter.



This year's festival featured 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees

Thanks to Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the images

Battle of Ideas in the media

The Battle of Ideas 2014 has been widely covered in the press, and speakers and organisers have featured on TV and radio. Read the media coverage of the festival.

Speakers included
Chantal Mouffe, Professor of political theory, University of Westminster; author, Agonistics: thinking the world politically

Lisa Harker, Director of strategy, policy and evidence, NSPCC

Yaron Brook, Executive director, Ayn Rand Institute

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology, Birkbeck College, University of London

Sarah Harper, international adviser on ageing issues; director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Sonia Livingstone, professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE; author, Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers

Munira Mirza, deputy mayor, education and culture, Greater London Authority; author, The Politics of Culture: the case for universalism

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

Nicholas Kenyon, managing director, Barbican Centre; former director, BBC Proms (1996-2007)

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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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