We are delighted to announced that, for the second time, the Battle of Ideas festival will be held at the Barbican in London. This year the Battle of Ideas weekend will be the third weekend of October: 19-20 October 2013. Put the date in your diary and we’ll see you all there. We are starting to programme the festival now and tickets will be on sale in March - once again the Battle of Ideas will be a focus for Europe-wide intellectual discussions about the key social, artistic, economic, political and scientific issues of our times.
LET BATTLE COMMENCE!
Is there a ghost in the machine?
"I was impressed by the intensity of the debate and the high level of intellectual engagement, not least by the audience. It was an invigorating, even exhilarating experience to be part of a festival based on the conviction that disagreement is good. The Battle of Ideas is a fantastic concept, may it spread epidemically to the rest of the world. I am already looking forward to next year's event."
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo; novelist