Festival of Ideas to be hosted by the University of Hertfordshire

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

University of Hertfordshire will be the host for the Festival of Ideas will be run for two days between the 27-28th June, the University’s festival will form part of the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020. It will take place on the De Havilland campus and bring together innovators and thinkers from the arts, literature, science, heritage and politics, according to a university press release.

The event has attracted sponsorship from businesses in the local area, Willmott Dixon (a local construction and property services) has already announced a pledge.

Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “This is the first time the University has hosted such an ambitious public event, the purpose of which will be to explore new and exciting ideas that will shape the world over the next decade. Throughout the weekend, we will be presenting a series of lectures and debates, exhibitions, screenings and performances from both high-profile external speakers, talented researchers and innovators, providing something for everyone to enjoy and feel inspired by.”

Nine speakers have already been announced for the festival so far, including: Paul Hitchcock, former Head of Production for Warner Bros and Paramount who will talk about film production; Sol Rogers, CEO and Founder of immersive content studio REWIND and Chairman of the BAFTA Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group will give attendees a insight into the industry; and historic novelist Katherine McMahon.

They will be joined by Helen Lederer, a comedienne, broadcaster and writer; Rising star and Young People’s Poet Laureate for London, Theresa Lola; and Dr Stuart Clark, astronomy journalist and fellow of the royal astronomical society.

Speaker also include Alistair Spalding CBE, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells theatre; Dr. Hannah Higham, Curator of Henry Moore Collections and Exhibitions; and sculptor and artist, Diane Maclean.

An introduction for some of the immersive content, which will be include in the festival will be given in February, along with the announcement of more speakers for the festival. Headlining speakers will not be announced till the spring.

The festival is a free to attend event, open to the public, but it is recommended for attendees to register for the event, as these events are usually well attended.

You can register for your ticket now at herts.ac.uk/ideas and festival information and updates can be found on festival twitter page at https://twitter.com/HertsIdeas  .

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