With only one month to go until Leeds International Festival of Ideas arrives at the Howard Assembly Room and Howard Opera Centre, LIFI22’s Head of Festival Martin Dickson takes us through a packed programme.
“Building on the success of last year’s Festival, which saw our evolution into a diverse programme of inspiring talks and debates, the appeal of and interest in LIFI22 is certainly growing, with tickets selling fast for all 12 events – an array of music, keynote speeches and debates packed into just five days!
Continuing to explore new ideas in our own innovative way and looking to address the issues and topics of the day, our aim is to introduce the brightest minds to the city, and the city to the brightest minds.
This year we’re presenting an incredible lineup of 36 speakers, delving into everything from discussions on the impact of social media and the metaverse, how we talk about mental health and the social duty of sport to what’s wrong with climate activism and what you can laugh about now.
Among our guests joining these debates are actor David Harewood MBE, comedian Rosie Jones, TV personality Gail Porter, author Bryony Gordon, presenter Lara Lewington, environmental activist and advisor Judy Ling Wong CBE, comedian Jamali Maddix, former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Christopher Wylie, best known for his role in setting up – and taking down – Cambridge Analytica.