The story of things

York Festival of Ideas returns on 6 June for three weeks. This year it explores The Story of Things: a celebration of ingenuity and invention.

Credit: Mark Woodward

One of the largest free festivals in the UK, York Festival of Ideas offers a huge range of events including talks, exhibitions, theatre, music, film, guided walks, children’s activities and workshops – all designed to educate, entertain and inspire. With topics ranging from the ancient and the natural world, to science and creative writing, and from art and design to the human mind, there’s something to interest everyone.

Credit: Mark Woodward

Now in its seventh year, this year’s Festival offers well over 150 free events, including special Focus Days on the economy, Anglo-French relations, and democracy and extremism. Events take place across the city, including many at the University of York.

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Headline speakers this year include Peter Lord, producer, director and co-founder of Aardman Animations; Reverend Richard Coles, cleric, broadcaster and former Communard; Harriet Harman, Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham; Ed Balls, former Shadow Chancellor and star of Strictly Come Dancing 2016; Dr Janina Ramirez, writer and broadcaster; Michael Rosen, novelist, poet and performer; and Michael Wood, historian, broadcaster and author.

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