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The Festival of Ideas

Mon 15 October - Sun 28 October

Various Locations

The Festival includes debates, workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances, celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences. Featuring researchers from the University of Cambridge, local public figures and renowned guests, the Festival has something for everyone!

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas was established in 2008 with the aim of encouraging the public to explore the arts, humanities and social sciences, meet academics and students, and engage with the University via a thought-provoking and creative series of mostly free events.

The inspiration for the launch of the Festival of Ideas was the widespread popularity of the annual Cambridge Science Festival and the valuable communication experience that staff and students gain through engaging with the public.

The Festival of Ideas focuses on fuelling the public’s interest in and involvement with the arts, humanities and social sciences in a unique and inspiring way.

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Enquiries and booking

Booking is optional.

Enquiries: The Festival Office Website Telephone: 01223 766 766


8:00am-9:00pm daily from Monday 15 October until Sunday 28 October

All times

Mon 15 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Tue 16 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Wed 17 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Thu 18 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Fri 19 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Sat 20 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Sun 21 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Mon 22 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Tue 23 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Wed 24 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Thu 25 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Fri 26 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Sat 27 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM
Sun 28 October 8:00AM - 9:00PM


Address: Various Locations