Battle of Ideas - Weekend tickets

Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and Barbican

19 - 20 October 2013

Weekend Pass £100 (concessions £55)
Day Pass Saturday or Sunday £60 (concessions £35)

I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet.
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting

This annual weekend festival, initiated by the Institute of Ideas (IoI) and organized and supported by a wide range of partners and sponsors, makes virtues of free-thinking and the lively exchanges of views.

The Battle of Ideas returns to the Barbican following last year’s successful move. Now in its ninth year, the festival remains a unique public forum where the key challenges confronting society can be argued over and ideas which matter fought for.

A particular theme will be to explore the ways in which our understanding of the public and private sphere is changing in a period of technological upheaval, economic uncertainty and political risk-aversion. Is religion a private or public pursuit? Has our sense of privacy been eroded or simply altered? Should we judge private and public behavior differently?

Complemented by a series of international satellite events, the Battle’s home at the Barbican ensures that for one weekend a year, one of the world’s leading art centres becomes a genuinely pan-European home for debate

The festival’s flexible format allows attendees either to follow particular strands through one day, or mix and match discussions. The wide variety of partners from the arts, academia, business, science and media both new and old, and the 350 speakers from a wide range of disciplines and viewpoints, results in a potent mix of perspectives, and should produce debates that give us all plenty to think and talk about.

Themes this year include:
•    The private and the public
•    The Battle over Music
•    Generation Wars & more

Sessions include:
•    Is the market private or public?
•    Sacrifice and philanthropy: what's in it for me?
•    Policing public space: banned in London
•    Legal highs and club drug culture
•    Pop-ups: overhyped and everywhere?
•    Graphic novels: literature for the 21st century?

The full programme will be available on the Battle of Ideas website

The festival’s motto is FREE SPEECH ALLOWED. You are all invited. LET BATTLE COMMENCE!

Produced by Institute of Ideas in association with Barbican

This event is part of:
Battle of Ideas

Discounts available for IoI Associates, Barbican members, university and school students.

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Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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