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Battle of Ideas

Lost in CCI recently received information about this year’s Battle of Ideas, a two-day festival of social, political and cultural discussion taking place in London, 27-28th October 2007.

The line-up of arts-related debates includes:

Change the world – make a documentary?
Whatever happened to serious TV?
What does music mean?
Should art change the world?
Animating real life
Each to his iPod, or great music for all?
Political theatre: political animal?
Cultural diversity – a straitjacket for the arts?
Is ballet too elitist?
Turn that racket off!
Should poetry please?
Debating Matters: ‘Books should remain the essence of public libraries’
Film Stars – From Icons to Role Models

Speakers include: Nicholas Kenyon CBE (controller, BBC Proms), Professor Colin Lawson (director, Royal College of Music), Barb Jungr (chansonniere; CDs include Walking in the Sun and Love Me Tender), Phelim McAleer (film-maker, ‘Mine Your Own Business’), Peter Horrocks (head of television news, BBC), Bob Lockyer (former executive producer for dance, BBCTV), Naseem Khan (former head of diversity, Arts Council), Diran Adebayo (author, ‘Some Kind of Black’), Miranda McKearney (director, Reading Agency), Sarah Crown (books editor, Guardian Unlimited), Luke Kennard (Eric Gregory Award 2005, Forward prize nominee 2007), Jay Bernard (Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2005) and many more.

There are 70 debates, featuring 200 speakers debating key issues, with over 1,000 expected attendees.

Other highlights include:

The resurrection of religion, Recycling is a waste of time, Friendship or networking? Are we a nation of sporting losers? ‘Ethical foreign policy’ after Blair, The new heresies, What is education for? Age of the metropolis and Debating Darwin.

This year’s strands examine cutting-edge debates around Africa, Science, Music, and New Technologies.

The festival has sold out for two years running, so the organisers urge you to get tickets as soon as possible. The event is held at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU and is organised by the Institute of Ideas in conjunction with BT, The Times, ESRC and Pfizer, alongside many other partners and sponsors.

Institute of Ideas
Signet House
49-51 Farringdon Road
London EC1M 3JP
020 7269 9220