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FAMILIAR FACES: Leeds International Festival of Ideas announces stella festival programme!

FAMILIAR FACES: Leeds International Festival of Ideas announces stella festival programme!

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Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2021's full star-studded line-up has been announced including Sir Lenny Henry, Katherine Ryan, Alastair Campbell, Michaela Strachan, George Clarke, Evan Davis, Kanya King and Matthew Parris.

September 2021 will see a stellar line-up in the city as Leeds International Festival of Ideas presents its ambitious programme as a platform for exploring new ideas and innovation.

The festival, formerly Leeds International Festival, presents five thought-provoking panel debates running alongside four inspirational keynote speeches exploring and challenging key issues and viewpoints - all impacted on during the last extraordinary 18 months.

Announcing the panels along with nearly 30 speakers, the festival will discuss and debate the questions; Can we ever be who we want to be? Does the future have enough food? Are we more lonely? Is the UK media broken and finally Green or Growth?

It will run across three landmark venues in Leeds. The historic Leeds Corn Exchange, legendary City Varieties Music Hall and the centrepiece Leeds Town Hall.

Leading the line-up are four famous figures and the event is set to run over a two-week period from Monday 13th until Monday 27th September.

The aims of the festival are to provide a platform for the exploration of new ideas and innovation while confronting the challenges of our time and discussing the world of tomorrow.

Andrew Cooper LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), which brings the festival to the city, said:
"We are delighted to be bringing Leeds International Festival of Ideas to the city this year, presenting a programme which promises to be innovative in its exploring of new ideas while reflecting how thinking has been affected during recent times."

"After a challenging year for everyone, it is exciting for LeedsBID to be collaborating with city centre partners and it is great to be working together in planning events in the city once again."

Martin Dickson, Leeds International Festival of Ideas Lead said:

"After a long time planning we are so pleased to reveal the plans. From Sir Lenny Henry headlining and talking at Leeds' premier venue to chatting over why the UK media is broken with some of its best journalists, to the important chats around businesses growing whilst being sustainable after a pandemic with hot topics in Leeds around the airport, to what does the future of food hold for us. Imagine, in just 6 of the days sitting in the Corn Exchange watching such a calibre of acts like George Clarke, Kanya King, Katherine Ryan and culminating with Sir Lenny Henry."

Tickets for Leeds International Festival of Ideas and the full programme will go live and on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd July 2021 - www.leedsintfest.com

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