Leeds International Festival of Ideas is taking over the city this September and we’re giving you 10% off tickets.
From Monday 13th to Monday 27th September 2021, Leeds International Festival of Ideas will bring together inspiring speakers and world-leading thinkers to tackle everything from equality to sustainability. And you can be there because we’re giving you 10% off tickets to every keynote talk and panel discussion in the festival. To get the deal, simply book your event using the promo code LEEDSLIST10.
Kanya King CBE
Kanya King CBE is the founder of the MOBOs, so she’s perfectly placed to talk about the challenges of being a black woman in a white, male-dominated industry. On Sunday 19th September 2021 at Leeds Corn Exchange, she’ll speak to music journalist Jenessa Williams about bringing black music into the mainstream. Together, they’ll question what our goals are now that diversity (or the lack of it) in the music industry is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Does the Future Have Enough Food?
Food critic Grace Dent will lead a panel discussion that explores the food of the future and the future of food. She’ll be joined at City Varieties on Monday 20th September 2021 by Ox Club’s Ben Davy, Future Market’s Mike Lee, conservationist Ness Knight and food futurologist Dr Morgaine Gate. Together, they’ll tackle the big issues around how future generations will eat, from the impact of global warming to the introduction of lab-grown pub grub.
George Clarke is one of the keynote talks at this year’s Leeds International Festival of Ideas. As an architect, social campaigner and host of Living in the Future City, he’s just the person to give us a glimpse of how cities will look in a post-pandemic future. From embracing the challenges of urban infrastructure to overcoming the issues of the natural environment, you can see into the future of cities at Leeds Corn Exchange on Tuesday 21st September 2021.
She’s one of the most popular stand-up comedians in the UK and Katherine Ryan is coming to Leeds International Festival of Ideas. This time, she’s not armed with jokes, instead, she’s here for an intimate Q&A that details her rise to stardom. Head to Leeds Corn Exchange on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 to hear stories about everything from Netflix series ‘The Duchess’ to the hit podcast ‘Telling Everybody Everything’ and her new book ‘The Audacity’.
Can We Ever Be Who We Want to Be?
Seatbelts, lifejackets, antibiotics – they’re all built by and for cisgender white men. But in a diverse world, how can we consider the needs of everyone? Head to Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 23rd September 2021 as host Amrou Al-Kadhi talks to a panel of activists, writers and experts to find out. Gina Martin, Caroline Criado-Perez, Hashi Mohamed, Stephanie Hirst and Anne-Marie Imafidon will break down everyday structures standing in the way of equality.
Is the UK Media Broken?
As screens replace pages, podcasts take on radio and video fills our feeds, the modern media landscape has changed beyond recognition. Is the UK Media Broken? sees Evan Davies welcome BBC’s Amol Rajan, ex-politician Alastair Campbell and journalists Robyn Vinter, Matthew Parris and Peg Alexander to Leeds Town Hall on Friday 24th September 2021. They’ll look at how old and new media co-exist and what this all means for the truth.
Green or Growth?
The last event at #LIFI21 brings two hot-button topics together. TV presenter Michaela Strachan will be talking Green or Growth? at City Varieties on Monday 27th September 2021. She’ll be joined by Noga Levy-Rapaport, Emma Young and Henri Murison to look at how sustainability and economic growth can coexist in a capitalist world, using local case studies like the impact of HS2 and the new Leeds-Bradford Airport terminal to open the discussion.