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Cambridge Festival 2024

The Cambridge Festival returns for 2024.

Tue 21 November 2023 12:00AM

Participate in behavioural research at Cambridge Judge Business School

Become a member of our participant pool, support academic research and get paid for it (£10/hour). There is no need to be a student or affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

9:00AM - 6:30PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History

Savage, grotesque, hilarious: explore Spitting Image, the puppet show that became an icon of 20th century television, with Cambridge University Library's current exhibition.

10:00AM - 12:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Which stories get remembered, and why? This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Real Families: Stories of Change

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, 'Real Families: Stories of Change' asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Cambridge Colleges: A Walking Tour

A walking tour that takes an in-depth look at unusual aspects of several of the city centre colleges and, depending on public access on the day, will include a visit to one in order to really discover just what goes on!

2:00PM - 4:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Highlight Sandars 2023 - Lecture One

The first lecture from Sandars Reader 2023 Dr David Pearson asks, why are Cambridge books so interesting?

5:00PM - 7:00PM

English writing in 1473

A talk by Professor Daniel Wakelin FBA, Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography at the University of Oxford and Fellow in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford

5:30PM - 6:45PM

Britain's organic farming pioneers: What went wrong?

Early 20th century organic farming pioneers had mostly sound notions of how to farm with nature. Why didn’t we listen to them?

5:30PM - 6:45PM

‘Lines endowed with lawful force’: the maps and drawings of the Wide Streets Commissioners, Dublin, 1758–1849

A talk by John Montague, American University of Sharjah (Associate Professor Architecture) in the 'Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography' series.

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Blick Mead – Exploring the first place in the Stonehenge landscape

Is there a backstory to the establishment of the Neolithic Stonehenge landscape?

5:30PM - 7:30PM

Film premiere and directors Q&A: C’è un soffio di vita soltanto / A breath of life (2022)

This film premiere is part of the ‘Queer testimonies from the Holocaust to 2023‘ conference. The event brings together artists and academics with the aim of discussing queer and trans testimonies from the Holocaust to the present.

6:00PM - 7:00PM

Give me Inspiration! The Paradigm Shift with Dr Gillian Tett

Join our next 'Give me Inspiration' event with the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald FRS, in conversation with award-winning Financial Times journalist and Provost of King’s College Cambridge, Gillian Tett. Book your free in-person or virtual ticket to hear Gillian's fascinating journey from anthropology PhD to the field of financial journalism and Cambridge.