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Celebrate the art of protest as the Festival of Debate returns to Sheffield

5th March 2018

Now in its fourth year, Festival Of Debate is set to present its biggest programme yet.

One of the largest politics festivals in the UK, the Festival is run by Opus Independents with support from many partners, including Museums Sheffield,  Sheffield Hallam University & the University of Sheffield.

2018 headliners include Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis, ex-Labour Leader Ed Miliband, and bestselling writer and feminist Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Sheffield has a long history of being a city of debate and new ideas. Sheffield’s original newspapers the Sheffield Iris and The Sheffield Register were a hotbed of political activism and radical historical figures such as John Ruskin and Edward Carpenter found many a sympathetic ear across the city. The Festival builds on this history by offering a huge range of speakers, debates, exhibitions and performances all designed to explore the key political, economic and social issues of the day.

This year the Festival includes over 75 events with 10,000 tickets on sale. There really is something for everyone, from the ex-Labour and Green Party Leaders Ed Miliband and Natalie Bennett, to Great British Bake Off star Ruby Tandoh, a musical about the embattled American president entitled Trump! The Musical! and a closing party marking 100 years of women’s suffrage with activist Helen Pankhurst and poet Hollie McNish.

Festival founder James Lock said: “Our chance for a better world comes from facing issues head on, learning new points of view, making the effort to listen and being empathetic with one another. We believe this is everyone’s responsibility and hope that this year’s Festival programme goes some way to furthering that ideal.”

Festival of Debate opens on 18th April and runs until 29th June.

For the full Festival line-up and ticket information, see here

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