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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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Mon 14 May 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Adam King - New Suburbia Flowers

Adam King's whimsical sculptures try to come to terms with the rapid changes to the Norfolk landscape he grew up in.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Renee Spierdijk - Imposed Transitions

Renee Spierdijk's paintings deal with the experience of imposed identity and migration.

10:00AM - 10:45AM

Highlight Little Explorers

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper. This month's theme is penguins! For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. Children under 1 are free.

11:00AM - 11:45AM

Highlight Little Explorers

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper. This month's theme is penguins! For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. Children under 1 are free.

8:30PM - 10:00PM

The Cantabrigians & Climate Keys

ClimateKeys Cambridge, hosted by Trinity College Music Society, will feature a performance by unaccompanied vocalists The Cantabrigians, a talk by Emily Shuckburgh and a conversation with the audience. Response to climate change will be discussed.

Tue 15 May 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Adam King - New Suburbia Flowers

Adam King's whimsical sculptures try to come to terms with the rapid changes to the Norfolk landscape he grew up in.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Renee Spierdijk - Imposed Transitions

Renee Spierdijk's paintings deal with the experience of imposed identity and migration.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Designed to Impress

Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

4:30PM - 6:00PM

CRASSH Impact: Reni Eddo-Lodge and Priyamvada Gopal in Conversation

Reni Eddo-Lodge, the author of Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, will be in conversation with Priyamvada Gopal, Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature at the University of Cambridge.

Wed 16 May 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Adam King - New Suburbia Flowers

Adam King's whimsical sculptures try to come to terms with the rapid changes to the Norfolk landscape he grew up in.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Renee Spierdijk - Imposed Transitions

Renee Spierdijk's paintings deal with the experience of imposed identity and migration.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Designed to Impress

Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda

The Heong Gallery is delighted to announce the UK presentation of The Court of Redonda – a major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers RA, following its highly acclaimed unveiling as a Collateral Event of the 2017 Venice Biennale.

5:15PM - 7:00PM

CRASSH Impact: Reni Eddo-Lodge and Heidi Mirza in Conversation

On 16 May 2018, Reni Eddo-Lodge will be in conversation with Heidi Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London. The event is free and open to the public. No booking required.

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb, a documentary with Dr Hugh Hunt

By recreating the audacious Second World War raid, the Channel 4 documentary, Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb, reveals the complex engineering behind Barnes Wallis' spinning bomb and the skill and bravery of RAF 617 Squadron aircrew.

7:30PM - 9:45PM

Endellion String Quartet

2017-18 season: Barber and Brahms

Thu 17 May 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Adam King - New Suburbia Flowers

Adam King's whimsical sculptures try to come to terms with the rapid changes to the Norfolk landscape he grew up in.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Renee Spierdijk - Imposed Transitions

Renee Spierdijk's paintings deal with the experience of imposed identity and migration.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Designed to Impress

Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Lecture: 'Wiki, please explain!' by Dr Milica Gasic

Dr Milica Gasic from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, will explore the topic 'how do we teach computers to talk?'.

Fri 18 May 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Adam King - New Suburbia Flowers

Adam King's whimsical sculptures try to come to terms with the rapid changes to the Norfolk landscape he grew up in.

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Renee Spierdijk - Imposed Transitions

Renee Spierdijk's paintings deal with the experience of imposed identity and migration.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Designed to Impress

Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda

The Heong Gallery is delighted to announce the UK presentation of The Court of Redonda – a major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers RA, following its highly acclaimed unveiling as a Collateral Event of the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Sat 19 May 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

Designed to Impress

Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda

The Heong Gallery is delighted to announce the UK presentation of The Court of Redonda – a major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers RA, following its highly acclaimed unveiling as a Collateral Event of the 2017 Venice Biennale.

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Highlight Genomic Expressions

Genomic Expressions exhibition asks the question 'What does genomics mean to you?' to those who work at the Wellcome Genome Campus. Some answers may make you smile, some are heart-warming but all encourage us, the viewer, to reflect on our own answer to the question.

7:30PM - 9:45PM

City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra concert

CCSO plays music by Weber, Dvorak and Brahms

Sun 20 May 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Stephen Chambers: The Court of Redonda

The Heong Gallery is delighted to announce the UK presentation of The Court of Redonda – a major solo exhibition by Stephen Chambers RA, following its highly acclaimed unveiling as a Collateral Event of the 2017 Venice Biennale.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Designed to Impress

Focussing on key objects from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and gives visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Matt Smith's Flux: Parian unpacked

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialism and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Highlight Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

2:30PM - 4:00PM

Concert Sunday 20 May

Orchestral/choral concert Pounds: London Cantata Haydn: London Symphony Elgar: Dream Children

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Music for the Madonna

Why not take a break away from Cambridge’s crowded summer streets, full of tourists and shoppers, for some gentle mid-afternoon contemplation? This short concert will feature beautiful French choral music guaranteed to transport your mind miles away from the hustle and bustle outside. The programme will include Poulenc’s extraordinary Mass in G and motets by Duruflé and others.

6:00PM - 6:25PM

Organ Recital

To be performed by David Poulter (St Peter & St Mary, Fordham)

7:30PM - 9:40PM

Highlight Cambridge Philharmonic: On the Waterfront

Leonard Bernstein at 100