Festival of Ideas

The Headingley Festival of Ideas is all about creative ideas which may not necessarily lead to something – although some might – but the main purpose is to tap into the joy of ideas, debate and discussion.

This year’s Festival, due to take place from 9 – 25 May, promises a feast of information, discussion and debate on the theme of BORDERS.

Highlights this year include a panel discussion with Alex Sobel MP and others, looking at the UK’s interpretation of the Refugee Convention and what it means on the ground for people seeking asylum here.  There will be a day of events and presentations at South Parade Baptist Church looking at the impacts of borders and walls around the world – ranging from our own Hadrians’ Wall to the Balkans Peace Park area and the nitty gritty of working for Medecins sans Frontieres in areas of conflict. The day will finish with an evening showing of the film ‘Les Sauteurs’.

You will have the opportunity to see Sound Company performing their latest piece ‘Wall in the Mind’, hear local poets exploring their concepts of borders and – on the lighter side – learn about making a prize winning long garden border or walk around the boundaries of Headingley. There will be conversations on the experiences of refugees looking for asylum within the borders of Europe and discussions on how prison affects the personal boundaries of its inmates.

Expand the borders of your mind with an evening of jazz or learn about changes to the earth’s boundaries following movements in tectonic plates.

Most events will be free or pay as you feel.

This is shaping up to be our most exciting and challenging Festival yet!

We are grateful for support for this year’s Festival from our local councillors, Leeds Inspired , Wade’s Charity and Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society.

The programme with full details will be available from early April. Pick yours up from the April farmers’ market, HEART and other local outlets.

Contact email: headingley.festivalofideas@gmail.com

Past Events

The first Festival of Ideas took place in 2014 with a 2 week programme of 13 events and activities attended by over 600 people.

We aim to appeal to the wide variety of people in Headingley, and to all age groups.

  • 2014 programme and report is available:  here.
  • 2015 festival information and programme:  here.
  • 2016 Taster Events were held in October 2016, details:  here.
  • 2017 programme with a theme of ‘Journey‘, details: here.
  • 2018 Taster Events were held in October 2018, details: here.

what's on

  • Projects and Events

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  • Zero Carbon Headingley

    Retail and Transport sub-groups meet on 26th March - see ZCH webpage Visit page

  • Café Scientifique

    Mon 8th April - Protecting City Centre Leeds from FloodingVisit page

  • Films at HEART

    Tuesday 9th April 8pm - "The Divine Order"Visit page

  • Farmers Market

    Sat 13th April 2019Visit page

  • Headingley Open Gardens

    Sunday April 28th - A chance to view local gardensVisit page

  • Headingley Festival of Ideas

    Headingley Festival of Ideas - 9-25 MayVisit page

  • Talking Heads

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