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The Festival of Ideas

Hundreds of free events over two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas is one of the most exciting and dynamic occasions in the Cambridge cultural calendar.

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Pick of the month The Festival of Ideas

Hundreds of free events over two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas is one of the most exciting and dynamic occasions in the Cambridge cultural calendar.

9:00AM - 4:45PM

Highlight Black Cantabs: History Makers

Black Cantabs: History Makers is groundbreaking exhibition of portraits telling the stories of black students in Cambridge, from the forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

International Sculpture Exhbition

Five striking, contemporary works by renowned Romanian sculptor Liviu Mocan are on display outside Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge.

10:00AM - 1:00PM

Florian Roithmayr: an exhibition of contemporary sculpture

An exhibition of new sculpture by artist Florian Roithmayr in the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Etched landscape Amateur Etcher of Distinction: Prints by Francis Seymour Haden

An exhibition of Sir Francis Seymour Haden's work, celebrated in his own time as a major figure in the ‘Etching Revival’. Trace the development of his style, and see unrecorded early proof impressions that demonstrate his manner of working.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Designers & Jewellery 1850 –1940: Jewellery & Metalwork from The Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing little-known treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s outstanding permanent collection, this exhibition celebrates exquisitely-designed and often hand-crafted jewellery and metalwork, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Print REbels: Haden, Palmer, Whistler and the origins of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

This touring exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and first President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910). See a selection of prints, ranging from Haden to work by current RE members.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her writings

In the centenary of suffrage this exhibition draws attention to the many connections between Virginia Woolf, her contemporaries and those who have been inspired by her work.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Reproductivities: Remaking Life

An exhibition of work by Gina Glover and Camilla Lyon

1:00PM - 3:30PM

Highlight Curious Nature

The natural world around us is a curious place! Visit the Genome Gallery during one of the Wellcome Genome Campus Open Saturdays to explore our latest family-friendly exhibition, and discover how genome sequencing is helping us uncover much more about it.

3:30PM - 5:00PM

BLACK POWER, IN BRITAIN AND ON FILM

Until recently, Britain’s Black Power movement was all but erased from narratives of contemporary history. Robin Bunce, a historian based at Homerton College, chairs a discussion of film makers and screen writers who are bringing the hidden history of Black Power to the screen.

8:00PM

Season Launch Concert - Cambridge University Orchestra

Join us for our Season Launch! The Cambridge University Orchestra is honoured to celebrate Robin Holloway’s distinguished compositional career on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The Orchestra is conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth, piano, who is joined by pianist Charles Owen for Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.