Battle news

3 December 2010
Battle of Ideas 2010 Extended Press Coverage

The Battle of Ideas 2010 generated extensive press coverage which is compiled in this report. Read more…

14 October 2010
Student Champion Tickets 2010

We are offering current undergraduate and postgraduate students a limited number of Student Champion weekend tickets for just £25 - half the normal concession rates.

Tickets can be bought from the Institute of Ideas website, here.

12 October 2010
Five new Battles in Print published


Five new Battles in Print 2010 are now available to read on the website, looking at archaeology, architecture, liberalism, happiness, and co-operatives.

8 October 2010
Great Battle of Ideas deal for school and FE students

Together with The Hargrave Foundation, we are delighted to make the following special offer to school and FE students: a free day ticket to the Battle of Ideas festival, attending on either Saturday 30 or Sunday 31 October. And if you want to attend the whole weekend you can do so for just £10 for the other day! Just email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) stating which day you would like to attend free and give a postal address to send your ticket to.

6 October 2010
First Battles in Print 2010 published


The first two Battles in Print 2010 - specially commissioned for this year - are now available to read on the website. Check back through next week and in the run up to the Battle of Ideas as we will be regularly publishing more Battles in Print relating to sessions at the Battle, helping to whet your appetite for the weekend.

The essays set out the context of the respective debates, but also advance arguments that will stimulate further discussion ahead of the festival itself and beyond.

24 September 2010
Claire Fox's Battle of Ideas 2010 essay

The Battle of Ideas “is a public square within which we can explore the crisis of values, and start to give human meaning to trends too often presented fatalistically and technically.” Read the full introductory essay now online.

23 September 2010
Battle of Ideas 2010 festival timetable

Featuring more than 70 debates and 350 speakers: this year’s festival timetable is your must read guide to what will be the British intellectual highlight of 2010.

16 August 2010
Battle Satellites 2010 lineup
October 4 to November 27

The Battle Satellites 2010 lineup has now been announced. This year Battle Satellites are expanding into Europe with events from Berlin to Belfast, New York to Mumbai. View full details of each event. Tickets are available from the Institute of Ideas website.

22 July 2010
Battle of Ideas 2010 full programme online

We are pleased to announce that the programme for the Battle of Ideas 2010 festival has been launched today and is now up on the website. Click on a session title to view the details and speakers confirmed to date.

Early Bird tickets are still available for the festival, which takes place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October. Save money by buying your ticket now.

4 May 2010
Battle of Ideas 2010 Tickets

Advanced ‘early bird’ tickets are now on sale for the Battle of Ideas 2010.

With over 70 separate sessions over two days of political debate, the Battle of Ideas is an essential fixture in your calendar. Early-bird tickets are now available so book your place now.



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