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.

NEXT SATELLITE EVENTS
Saturday 25 October 2014
Hollingworth Suite, Rochdale Central Library, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
Tuesday 28 October 2014
Main Hall, Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
This year's festival featured 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees

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
Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

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

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

Philippe Legrain, visiting senior fellow, LSE’s European Institute; author, Immigrants: your country needs them and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right; former economic adviser to the President of the European Commission

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

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

Yaron Brook, Executive director, Ayn Rand Institute

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

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham; author, Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots

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“Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views.”
Exeter University student

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