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York’s Festival of Ideas returns for the seventh year with another jam-packed programme of events celebrating the power of ideas and research.

The festival is run by the University of York in collaboration with over 60 organisations like the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Morrell Centre for Toleration. It attracts 19,000 visitors and offers over 180 different events – and each one is completely free.

Past events included –

The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ team invite you behind the scenes to discover some of the secrets of how the popular show is made.

Meet curators from the V & A and hear all about their latest exhibitions.

Meet Peter Lord of Aardman Animations – hear his story, and watch a special episode of Morph, produced in aid of scholarship fundraising.

Have ‘Tea with a Refugee’. Alketa Xhafa Mripa parks her living room styled van in York and talks about how she was welcomed to the UK as a refugee. Find out what we can do to help refugees in the future.

The festival continues over two weeks with a varied range of events for all ages and interests including talks about being a dad, musical performances, walks through the city to discover York’s chocolate industry heritage, how to get a good night’s sleep, and more. This free event is a must for all thinkers and dreamers.

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