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. We aim to appeal to the wide variety of people in Headingley, and to all age groups.
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 is now available (see below). Pick yours up from the April farmers’ market, HEART and other local outlets or download from here.
This year there is also a special ‘fringe’ event at South Parade Baptist Church held on Saturday 18th May, here’s the details: