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

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

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

Cathy Young, contributing editor, Reason magazine; author, Ceasefire! Why women and men must join forces to achieve true equality

Christopher Coker , professor of international relations, LSE; books include Future War and Can War Be Eliminated?

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

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

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

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

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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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