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Mr Scruff, Molotov Jukebox, Andrew Weatherall, Sandi Thom, Moya, and many more...

 

Festival Live Passes give you access to all music and performance sessions and parties. Every night you'll find a choice of a number of venues, with the finest soloists, the most danceable bands, the edgiest comedy, the pick of the world's documentary cinema along with most original DJ sounds and chill out that make for our legendary parties.

Festival Live Passes are on sale for both weekends and camping options are available.

 

Please note: Festival Live Passes do not provide access to our programme of talks and debates.

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Thursday 22nd May

Event [1]
Thursday 22 May 2014
7:00pm
Price: £12.00
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Live Session

HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer

Join us for a magical evening of big ideas, legendary voices and musical marvels.

 

Buy this evening pass for access to tonight's performances by Fight the Bear, Nerina Pallot and Christian Pattermore as well as our opening debate, Independence Day, and the riveting documentary Spare Time.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

Join us for a magical evening of big ideas, legendary voices and musical marvels.
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22nd May 7:00pm £12.00
Event [2]
Thursday 22 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Independence Day

John Kerr, Nikolai Tolstoy, Diana Wallis. Michael Crick hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

The nation state is at a crossroads. Richard Booth jokingly declared Hay an independent state forty years ago but now independence is for real. If Scotland and Catalonia secede others may follow. Even cities like Venice are calling for independence. Can the nation state survive? And should it?

 

Channel 4 political correspondent Michael Crick asks former ambassador to the US John Kerr, historian Count Nikolai Tolstoy, and Former Vice President of the European Parliament Diana Wallis to debate the future of the nation state.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer Party tickets include access to this event.

The nation state is at a crossroads. Richard Booth jokingly declared Hay an independent state forty years ago but now independence is for real.
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22nd May 7:00pm £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [3]
Thursday 22 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £5.00

Live Session

Christian Pattermore

Venue: Stage

 

A couple of years ago Christian Pattermore’s melodious West Coast folk caught the eye of legendary producer Alan McGee. With timeless energy, soulful, prodigious musicianship and a true talent for songwriting shining through his latest album Three Sides Blind, it’s not hard to see why.

 

“Perfect song writing, clever chord changes and vocal mastery” MMP

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer Party tickets include access to this event.

A couple of years ago Christian Pattermore’s melodious West Coast folk caught the eye of legendary producer Alan McGee.
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22nd May 7:30pm £5.00
Event [5]
Thursday 22 May 2014
8:15pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £4.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Spare Time

Venue: Pavilion

 

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry investigates the changing face of pleasure in this fascinating documentary film.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer Party tickets include access to this event.

Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry investigates the changing face of pleasure in this fascinating documentary film.
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22nd May 8:15pm £4.00
Event [4]
Thursday 22 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £10.00
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Live Session

Nerina Pallot

Venue: globe Hall

 

Platinum-selling, BRIT nominated Nerina Pallot’s bewitching vocals and lyrical tales have earned her comparisons to Kate Bush and Tori Amos. Come and discover why this ‘patently brilliant’ singer-songwriter (Popjustice) is becoming one of the most recognizable artists of her generation.

 

‘Real star quality’ theartsdesk


First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer Party tickets include access to this event.

Platinum-selling, BRIT nominated Nerina Pallot’s bewitching vocals and lyrical tales have earned her comparisons to Kate Bush and Tori Amos.
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22nd May 8:30pm £10.00
Event [6]
Thursday 22 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Live Session

Fight the Bear

Venue: globe Hall

 

Festival-friendly ska-rock from Radio 1’s Tip of the Week, Fight The Bear. The bear-fighting, guitar-toting Shropshire lads have played hundreds of gigs across several countries, won BBC devotees, and alight in Hay for a riotous set to remember.  

 

“Exactly what I like indie rock to do to me” BBC Introducing

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 Trailblazer Party tickets include access to this event.


Festival-friendly ska-rock from Radio 1’s Tip of the Week, Fight The Bear. The bear-fighting, guitar-toting Shropshire lads have played hundreds of gigs across several countries, won BBC devotees, and alight...
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22nd May 10:00pm £6.00

Friday 23rd May

Event [11]
Friday 23 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Heresy, Truth, and the Future

David Aaronovitch, Frank Furedi, David Omand, Laurie Penny. Rana Mitter hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From Socrates to Galileo to Darwin, the venerated were once persecuted heretics. Yet we remain tribal in our judgments. Should we quell our prejudice and advocate heresy in philosophy, science and culture or is the status quo and tradition the only guarantee of quality?

 

Outspoken columnists David Aaronovitch and Laurie Penny, former GCHQ director David Omand, and sociologist Frank Furedi put Heresy on trial.

From Socrates to Galileo to Darwin, the venerated were once persecuted heretics. Yet we remain tribal in our judgments.
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23rd May 7:00pm £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [14]
Friday 23 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

CANCELLED Mirror, Mirror

Simon Blackburn.

Venue: Ring

 

What might Aristotle and Rousseau have had to say about the rise of "the Selfie"? Cambridge philosopher Simon Blackburn gazes into the history of narcissm.

 

"Blackburn has many splendid insights…. A sage in his own right." Oliver James, Independent

What might Aristotle and Rousseau have had to say about the rise of "the Selfie"? Cambridge philosopher Simon Blackburn gazes into the history of narcissm.
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23rd May 8:00pm £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [15]
Friday 23 May 2014
8:00pm
Price: £18.00
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Live Session

HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party

From intricate folk melodies to electronic dancefloor mayhem, join us for HowTheLightGetsIn 2014's explosive opening party.

 

This ticket gives you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening for a night to remember with: Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and a DJ set from bandmate Felix Martin, Phildel, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Laid Blak, RM Hubbert, Carrie Tree, HotDoc: Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams, Stand-up from Sam Fletcher and Ahir Shah.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

From intricate folk melodies to electronic dancefloor mayhem, join us for HowTheLightGetsIn 2014's explosive opening party.
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23rd May 8:00pm £18.00
Event [16]
Friday 23 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00
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Live Session

Carrie Tree

Venue: International

 

With a versatility that takes her far beyond the limits of folk, Carrie Tree has collaborated with a delightfully disparate array of talent, from Damien Rice and Martha Tilston to Rumer and Carly Simon. Her latest recording took her to South Africa, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. She’s also a festival stalwart with a dedicated following at Glastonbury, Sunrise and Shambala. 

 

 “A phenomenal singer-songwriter” Carly Simon

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

With a versatility that takes her far beyond the limits of folk, Carrie Tree has collaborated with a delightfully disparate array of talent, from Damien Rice and Martha Tilston to...
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23rd May 8:00pm £6.00
Event [17]
Friday 23 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £7.00
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Live Session

RM Hubbert

Venue: Stage

 

Lush, melancholic and beautiful in turn, RM “Hubby” Hubbert’s glorious guitar work saw him take 2013’s Scottish Album of the Year, fighting off the likes of Emeli Sande and Calvin Harris. Hubby has toured with Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor; his record label, Chemikal Underground, describe him as prodigious, and critics of all stripes agree.

 

“Hubbert’s live shows provide the rare spectacle of a noisy rabble falling instantly silent to marvel at both his technical ability and the emotional impact of his music” Scotsman

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

Lush, melancholic and beautiful in turn, RM “Hubby” Hubbert’s glorious guitar work saw him take 2013’s Scottish Album of the Year, fighting off the likes of Emeli Sande and Calvin Harris.
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23rd May 8:30pm £7.00
Event [18]
Friday 23 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £14.00
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Live Session

Laid Blak

Venue: globe Hall

 

Born from Bristol’s 1990s rave and jungle scene, Laid Blak have turned a melting pot of musical styles into an essential festival act. With jungle, bhangra and rock all woven around a soulful reggae heartbeat, they’ve been named Northern Europe’s Best Reggae Band, supported the Wailers and Lee Scratch Perry, and rocked minds and bodies across the festival circuit.

 

“Presence to burn, tight music and, best of all, fun” Venue

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

Born from Bristol’s 1990s rave and jungle scene, Laid Blak have turned a melting pot of musical styles into an essential festival act.
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23rd May 9:00pm £14.00
Event [19]
Friday 23 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £4.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams

Venue: Pavilion

 

Art, science and history meet in this documentary of the untold story of early androids: a three-hundred-year-old story of the social, political and technological worlds of the robot.

 

"Beautifully made and consistently fascinating" Telegraph

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.


Art, science and history meet in this documentary of the untold story of early androids: a three-hundred-year-old story of the social, political and technological worlds of the robot.
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23rd May 9:00pm £4.00
Event [20]
Friday 23 May 2014
9:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Live Session: Comedy

Sam Fletcher

Venue: Ring

 

Sam Fletcher’s innovative multimedia comedy and utterly endearing stage presence make his shows a unique joy. A former technician for comic poet Tim Key, his own mixture of jokes, projected illustrations and musical silliness earned him a nomination for Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2012.

 

“No other show has made me smile so much this year” Independent

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

Sam Fletcher’s innovative multimedia comedy and utterly endearing stage presence make his shows a unique joy.
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23rd May 9:30pm £6.00
Event [21]
Friday 23 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £9.00
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Live Session

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor

Venue: International

 

Hot Chip founder Alexis Taylor acquired Mercury and Grammy nominations and global icon status with a band who wilfully defied convention with their eclectically-influenced electronic sounds. The band birthed some stellar DJ careers too, with Taylor’s taking him to festivals everywhere and a Tate Britain residency.

 

“Best in British talent” Tate Britain

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

Hot Chip founder Alexis Taylor acquired Mercury and Grammy nominations and global icon status with a band who wilfully defied convention with their eclectically-influenced electronic sounds.
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23rd May 10:00pm £9.00
Event [22]
Friday 23 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £9.00
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Live Session

Phildel

Venue: Stage

 

Phildel escaped her fundamentalist home where music was banned, taking solace in the school piano. Her soaring vocals and immaculate piano-playing have earned Kate Bush comparisons, and several tracks from last year’s Disappearance of the Girl have graced fashion shows and ad soundtracks. She stunned HTLGI last year, and she’s back.

 

“Songs of quite startling quality” Louder Than War

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.


 

Phildel escaped her fundamentalist home where music was banned, taking solace in the school piano. Her soaring vocals and immaculate piano-playing have earned Kate Bush comparisons, and several tracks from...
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23rd May 10:00pm £9.00
Event [23]
Friday 23 May 2014
10:45pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £12.00

Live Session

Smerins Anti-Social Club

Venue: globe Hall

 

Epic and explosive big-band action from the awe-inspiring Smerins Social Club, who have fired up festival audiences nationwide and had tracks commissioned by 6 Music. Their eight-piece lineup use the raw ingredients of ska, funk, dub, drum’n'bass and swing to full effect in their big, brass-heavy instrumentals. Colourful, energetic and truly floor-trembling.

 

"Firing up dancefloors across the country... seriously infectious stuff" Venue

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.


Epic and explosive big-band action from the awe-inspiring Smerins Social Club, who have fired up festival audiences nationwide and had tracks commissioned by 6 Music.
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23rd May 10:45pm £12.00
Event [24]
Friday 23 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Ahir Shah

Venue: Ring

 

Ahir Shah is an alternative comedian whose sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up blends poetic language, emotional frankness, and funny jokes. In 2013, his solo hour at the Edinburgh Fringe was reviewed by Fest magazine as being "as thoughtful and compelling a show as you're likely to come across", and was later nominated for Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

Ahir Shah is an alternative comedian whose sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up blends poetic language, emotional frankness, and funny jokes.
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23rd May 11:00pm £7.00
Event [25]
Friday 23 May 2014
11:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Midnight Mayhem: The Late Night Debate

Venue: Pavilion

 

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with philosopher and raconteur Barry C. Smith and comedians Ahir Shah and Sam Fletcher for a raucous live debate everyone can join. Tonight's motion: "The best things happen at night."

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with philosopher and raconteur Barry C.
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23rd May 11:30pm £5.00
Event [26]
Saturday 24 May 2014
12:00am
Venue: LG
Price: £10.00
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Night Session

Hot Chip DJ: Felix Martin

Venue: LG

 

The brains behind Hot Chip’s beats, Felix Martin has released five stunning studio albums, had Mercury and Grammy nominations and played festivals the world over – Sonar, Benicassim, Coachella, you name it. As a DJ, he’s played all of Europe’s hottest nights.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and HowTheLightGetsIn Opening Party tickets include access to this event.

The brains behind Hot Chip’s beats, Felix Martin has released five stunning studio albums, had Mercury and Grammy nominations and played festivals the world over – Sonar, Benicassim, Coachella, you...
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24th May 12:00am £10.00

Saturday 24th May

Event [32]
Saturday 24 May 2014
9:00am
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £14.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Breakfast

Robert Rowland Smith.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by Breakfast with Socrates author Robert Rowland Smith, offering stimulation for those keen to get the most out of the day ahead. Price includes breakfast.

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by Breakfast with Socrates author Robert Rowland Smith, offering stimulation for those keen to get the most...
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24th May 9:00am £14.00

SOLD OUT

Event [33]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Unspeakable Things

Laurie Penny.

Venue: Ring

 

The 21st century poses new questions about dissent, desire and power. Radical columnist Laurie Penny provides some answers.

 

"Penny is re-inventing the language of dissent" Paul Mazon, Newsnight

The 21st century poses new questions about dissent, desire and power. Radical columnist Laurie Penny provides some answers.
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24th May 10:00am £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [501]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £18.00
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IAI Academy Course

Nine Myths About Schizophrenia

Richard Bentall.

Venue: Riverside

 

Clinical Psychologist Richard Bentall challenges nine myths of schizophrenia accepted by mental health professionals and proposes a more humane, scientific approach to care.


Part One: Myths Of Diagnosis

Is schizophrenia distinct from other disorders? Do people with schizophrenia never recover?

Part Two: Myths of Causes

Is schizophrenia a disease of the brain, largely genetic and unaffected by life experience?

Part Three: Myths of Treatment

Should all patients receive drugs? Is psychotherapy ineffective in treating schizophrenia?

 

Clinical Psychologist Richard Bentall challenges nine myths of schizophrenia accepted by mental health professionals and proposes a more humane, scientific approach to care.
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24th May 10am - 1pm £18.00

SOLD OUT

Event [34]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £10.00
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Philosophy Session

Bang Goes the Big Bang

John Ellis, Laura Mersini-Houghton, Roger Penrose. David Malone hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We take it for granted that the Universe began with the Big Bang.  But there are problems with the theory.   Is it just possible that the Big Bang will turn out to be a mistake?  Since our whole account of the Universe depends on this theory - can we contemplate giving it up and what might replace it?

 

Leading cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton, CERN particle theorist and coiner of the term ‘Theory of Everything’ John Ellis, and mathematical physicist Roger Penrose go back to the beginning.

We take it for granted that the Universe began with the Big Bang.  But there are problems with the theory.   Is it just possible that the Big Bang will turn...
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24th May 10:30am £10.00

SOLD OUT

Event [35]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: International
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Life's Secret

Pascal Bruckner, Nicholas Humphrey, AL Kennedy. Rana Mitter hosts.

Venue: International

 

Is there a purpose to life? Nietzsche teased "only the English strive for happiness". Are we right to focus on practical goals and abandon a deeper purpose? Or is a goal independent of everyday pursuits essential to our being?

 

French philosopher Pascal Bruckner and evolutionary psychologist Nicholas Humphrey confront the biggest question with Costa award-winning novelist and comedian AL Kennedy.

Is there a purpose to life? Nietzsche teased "only the English strive for happiness". Are we right to focus on practical goals and abandon a deeper purpose? Or is a...
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24th May 10:30am £7.00

SOLD OUT

Event [36]
Saturday 24 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

A Field Guide to Reality

Joanna Kavenna.

Venue: Ring

 

A dangerous idea is holding our literature hostage: Realism. Seeking to overcome its tyranny, Granta best young novelist Joanna Kavenna envisages art for our age.

 

"Wonderful, impossible, dynamic" Observer

A dangerous idea is holding our literature hostage: Realism. Seeking to overcome its tyranny, Granta best young novelist Joanna Kavenna envisages art for our age.
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24th May 11:00am £4.00

SOLD OUT

Event [38]
Saturday 24 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

After Equality

David Aaronovitch, Julie Bindel, Beatrix Campbell. Carla Buzasi hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Equality is usually seen as the goal of feminism. Yet with women more than a third more likely to go to university than men, and with more female entrants to medicine and law, does this limit the horizon? Rather than equality should we be championing difference? Or is this a dangerous heresy that threatens progress?

 

Times columnist David Aaronovitch, writer and broadcaster Beatrix Campbell, and feminist journalist Julie Bindel look beyond equality.

 

In association with the Huffington Post UK.

Equality is usually seen as the goal of feminism. Yet with women more than a third more likely to go to university than men, and with more female entrants to...
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24th May 12:00pm £7.00

SOLD OUT

Event [39]
Saturday 24 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Philosophy Bites Back

Angie Hobbs, Lawrence Krauss, Mary Midgley. Rana Mitter hosts.

Venue: International

 

From neuroscience to cosmology, Hawking to Dawkins, many argue science can do away with philosophy. Yet science is replete with philosophical  puzzles. Should we see science as one metaphysics amongst others? Or is this to swap the megalomania of science with that of philosophy?

Live from Australia, physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss squares off against philosophers Angie Hobbs and Mary Midgley. The BBC's Rana Mitter keeps the fight fair.

From neuroscience to cosmology, Hawking to Dawkins, many argue science can do away with philosophy. Yet science is replete with philosophical  puzzles.
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24th May 12:00pm £7.00

SOLD OUT

Event [40]
Saturday 24 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Uses of Philosophy

Christopher Hamilton.

Venue: Ring

 

Philosophers like to think they're reaching the truth. But is the purpose of philosophy instead to upset people? Philosopher and iconoclast Christopher Hamilton makes the case.

 

"A quite rare intelligence" Raymond Gaita

Philosophers like to think they're reaching the truth. But is the purpose of philosophy instead to upset people? Philosopher and iconoclast Christopher Hamilton makes the case.
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24th May 12:00pm £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [43]
Saturday 24 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £8.00
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Philosophy Session

The New Inquisition

Frank Furedi.

Venue: Ring

 

Sociologist Frank Furedi investigates ideas considered so dangerous they're forbidden in our research, media or culture.

 

"Broad, stimulating and ambitious" Guardian

Sociologist Frank Furedi investigates ideas considered so dangerous they're forbidden in our research, media or culture.
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24th May 1:00pm £8.00

SOLD OUT

Event [44]
Saturday 24 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £16.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

AL Kennedy.

Venue: Pavilion

 

In the Pavilion, novelist AL Kennedy asks: Is there a purpose to life? Price includes lunch.

In the Pavilion, novelist AL Kennedy asks: Is there a purpose to life? Price includes lunch.
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24th May 1:00pm £16.00

SOLD OUT

Event [45]
Saturday 24 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £14.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Laurie Penny.

Venue: LG

 

In the Lower Gallery, New Statesman radical Laurie Penny contemplates love, desire and power in the 21st century. Price includes lunch.

In the Lower Gallery, New Statesman radical Laurie Penny contemplates love, desire and power in the 21st century. Price includes lunch.
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24th May 1:00pm £14.00

SOLD OUT

Event [46]
Saturday 24 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00
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Philosophy Session

The Open Society and Its Enemies

Chris Huhne, John Naughton, David Omand. Mary Ann Sieghart hosts.

Venue: International

 

Oligarchs and government spies know where we are, what we want, and even our innermost thoughts. Who can protect us? Are whistleblowers the white knights of our digital age? Or is the pursuit of radical openness itself the real threat we face?

 

Mary Ann Sieghart asks former GCHQ director David Omand, former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, and the Observer's John Naughton to debate the limits of openness.

 

In association with the Observer.

Oligarchs and government spies know where we are, what we want, and even our innermost thoughts.
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24th May 1:15pm £8.00

SOLD OUT

Event [47]
Saturday 24 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £10.00

Philosophy Session

Beyond Good and Evil

Molly Crockett, Christopher Hamilton, John Harris. Roger Bolton hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We think morality is unique to being human. Yet, the animal kingdom has many examples of behaviour that appear moral but which we describe as instinct. Might our own morality be instinct also? Does this extracate morality from religion or condemn it to irrelevance?  

American neuroscientist Molly Crockett, outspoken bioethicist John Harris, and philosopher and author Christopher Hamilton uncover the evolution of morality.

We think morality is unique to being human. Yet, the animal kingdom has many examples of behaviour that appear moral but which we describe as instinct.
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24th May 1:15pm £10.00

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Event [50]
Saturday 24 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Out of Darkness

Laura Mersini-Houghton.

Venue: Ring

 

Can the mind penetrate the depths of space-time? Presenting groundbreaking research, cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton sheds light on black holes.

Can the mind penetrate the depths of space-time? Presenting groundbreaking research, cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton sheds light on black holes.
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24th May 2:00pm £6.00

SOLD OUT

Event [51]
Saturday 24 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Stories of Desire

Simon Blackburn, Véronique Mottier, James Williams. Shahidha Bari hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Postmodernism undermined the dream of a definitive account of reality. Yet we still need some way to make sense of ourselves and the world. Might the Deleuzean metaphor of desire provide a way forward? Can desire better account for what makes us human, or is this continental confusion?

 

Philosopher and author of Think, Simon Blackburn, Deleuze scholar James Williams, and Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier investigate new ways of knowing.

Postmodernism undermined the dream of a definitive account of reality. Yet we still need some way to make sense of ourselves and the world.
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24th May 2:30pm £6.00

SOLD OUT

Event [52]
Saturday 24 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

The Ultimate Map of Reality - God's Map

Anita Avramides, Roger Davies, Hilary Lawson. David Malone hosts.

Venue: International

 

Maps are so powerful and effective that they are a metaphor for all thought.  As if in the philosopher Hilary Putnam's phrase, they provide a God's Eye View of the world, a picture and description of reality. Yet every map is a perspective. Should we conclude that there is no ultimate map, no objective outlook, and that maps are instead a vehicle to another way of seeing? Or are we on the edge of uncovering the ultimate map of the world as astronomers peer into the outer reaches of the universe?  

 

Former President of the Royal Astronomical Society Roger Davies, post realist theorist Hilary Lawson, and Oxford philosopher Anita Avramides chart the universe.

Maps are so powerful and effective that they are a metaphor for all thought.  As if in the philosopher Hilary Putnam's phrase, they provide a God's Eye View of the...
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24th May 2:30pm £5.00

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Event [502]
Saturday 24 May 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £32.00
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IAI Academy Course

A Brief Guide to Everything

John Ellis.

Venue: Riverside

 

The microscopic quantum world of fermions and bosons is a far cry from the grand expansion of the universe, yet they are connected. Leading CERN physicist John Ellis gives his account of the cosmos.

 

Part One: What We Know About Matter

From the Electron to the Higgs, how does the standard model of the known matter work?

Part Two: What We Know About the Universe

How can we describe the motion of galaxies and the birth of the universe?

Part Three: The Known Unknowns

From the Graviton to Dark Matter and Energy, our understanding is far from complete. Why?

 

The microscopic quantum world of fermions and bosons is a far cry from the grand expansion of the universe, yet they are connected.
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24th May 2:30pm - 5:30pm £32.00

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Event [54]
Saturday 24 May 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Where Have All the Radicals Gone?

Julie Bindel.

Venue: Ring

 

Has the gay rights movement lost its edge? Radical journalist and feminist Julie Bindel reveals how the struggle against oppression lost its way.

 

"Everyone should be entitled to hear her thinking aloud" Beatrix Campbell

Has the gay rights movement lost its edge? Radical journalist and feminist Julie Bindel reveals how the struggle against oppression lost its way.
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24th May 3:00pm £6.00

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Event [57]
Saturday 24 May 2014
3:45pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £12.00
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Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

John Naughton.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join the Observer's John Naughton as they explore whether whistleblowers like Snowden are the white knights of our digital age. Price includes tea and cake.

Join the Observer's John Naughton as they explore whether whistleblowers like Snowden are the white knights of our digital age. Price includes tea and cake.
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24th May 3:45pm £12.00

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Event [58]
Saturday 24 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

The Gathering Storm

George Galloway, Stephen King, Rana Mitter. Mary Ann Sieghart hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

China may be on the way to replacing the US as the dominant economic power, but with Russia growing its reach as well, could the future be more dangerous still? Do we face an uncontainable multipolar world with many nations vying for power? Or should we applaud a break from US global dominance and look forward to a more equal future?

 

Mary Ann Sieghart asks Oxford historian Rana Mitter, HSBC chief economist Stephen King, and politician George Galloway to envisage the world's future.

China may be on the way to replacing the US as the dominant economic power, but with Russia growing its reach as well, could the future be more dangerous still?...
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24th May 4:00pm £8.00

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Event [59]
Saturday 24 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Beyond Truth and Falsehood

Anita Avramides, Barry C. Smith, James Williams. Robert Rowland Smith hosts.

Venue: International

 

For a century logicians have argued that everything is either true or false. Yet truth for one person can be a falsehood for another. Is it possible that truth is not about the nature of reality at all but describes what we think about what we say? Would such a heresy undermine meaning itself or liberate us to think afresh?

 

Institute of Philosophy director Barry C. Smith goes in search of the truth with Deleuzean James Williams and Oxford philosopher Anita Avramides.

For a century logicians have argued that everything is either true or false. Yet truth for one person can be a falsehood for another.
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24th May 4:00pm £6.00

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Event [60]
Saturday 24 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £8.00
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Philosophy Session

The Snowden Affair: An insider's take

David Omand.

Venue: Ring

 

Former Director of GCHQ David Omand dissects the NSA revelations and what they mean for the future of security.

 

"One of the most able people to have served in the British government since the Second World War" Times

Former Director of GCHQ David Omand dissects the NSA revelations and what they mean for the future of security.
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24th May 4:00pm £8.00

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Event [63]
Saturday 24 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Humanity Unbound

John Harris.

Venue: Ring

 

Science is destined to change human nature. Bioethicist John Harris reveals why 'universal rights' will need to change with us.

 

"Uncompromising intellectual honesty" Independent

Science is destined to change human nature. Bioethicist John Harris reveals why 'universal rights' will need to change with us.
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24th May 5:00pm £5.00

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Event [64]
Saturday 24 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £14.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Christopher Hamilton.

Venue: LG

 

Join philosopher Christopher Hamilton in the pavilion to explore good, evil and instinct. Price includes tea and cake.

Join philosopher Christopher Hamilton in the pavilion to explore good, evil and instinct. Price includes tea and cake.
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24th May 5:00pm £14.00

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Event [65]
Saturday 24 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Dangerously Big Ideas

Hannah Dawson, Robert Eaglestone, Hilary Lawson. Shahidha Bari hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Wittgenstein and Derrida, perhaps the dominant western philosophers of the last century, both argued that an overall philosophical account of the world was not possible and should be avoided.   And British culture is typically sceptical of grand theories. But is this a mistake?  Are grand theories necessary to understand ourselves and the world, or is this the route to dangerous nonsense?

 

Historian of ideas at the New College of the Humanities, Hannah Dawson, post-realist philosopher and Closure theorist Hilary Lawson and Prof of Contemporary Literature and Thought Robert Eaglestone think big.

Wittgenstein and Derrida, perhaps the dominant western philosophers of the last century, both argued that an overall philosophical account of the world was not possible and should be avoided.
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24th May 5:30pm £5.00

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Event [66]
Saturday 24 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £12.00

Philosophy Session

Secrets of the Mind

Nicholas Humphrey, Iain McGilchrist, Roger Penrose. Joanna Kavenna hosts.

Venue: International

 

We have no explanation of consciousness. Yet from the origins of life to the workings of the atom, science has provided answers when none were thought possible.  Might we be about to crack consciousness as well?  An impossible fantasy or an exciting adventure for mankind?

Joanna Kavenna asks eminent physicist Roger Penrose, Master and His Emissary author Iain McGilchrist, and evolutionary psychologist Nicholas Humphrey to explain the all-seeing 'I'.

We have no explanation of consciousness. Yet from the origins of life to the workings of the atom, science has provided answers when none were thought possible.  Might we be...
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24th May 5:30pm £12.00

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Event [68]
Saturday 24 May 2014
6:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £8.00
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Philosophy Session

Say "Naw" to Separatism

George Galloway.

Venue: Ring

 

The future of the United Kingdom is in doubt. George Galloway issues a rallying cry against Scottish independence.

 

"You don’t have to like him; but if you want to change the world, you do have to learn from him" Independent

The future of the United Kingdom is in doubt. George Galloway issues a rallying cry against Scottish independence.
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24th May 6:00pm £8.00

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Event [72]
Saturday 24 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

The Limits of Logic

Simon Blackburn, Beatrix Campbell, Iain McGilchrist. Shahidha Bari hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness? 

 

Shahidha Bari asks Cambridge philosopher and author of Think Simon Blackburn, psychiatrist and author of The Master and His Emissary Iain McGilchrist, and radical journalist Beatrix Campbell whether we should embrace the irrational.

 

In association with the British Humanist Association.

Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality...
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24th May 7:00pm £7.00

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Event [75]
Saturday 24 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: LG
Price: £20.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Dinner

Nicholas Humphrey.

Venue: LG

 

Join psychologist Nicholas Humphrey for a culinary and intellectual feast. Can science crack the mystery of consciousness, or is this a fantasy? Price includes dinner.

Join psychologist Nicholas Humphrey for a culinary and intellectual feast. Can science crack the mystery of consciousness, or is this a fantasy? Price includes dinner.
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24th May 7:30pm £20.00

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Event [77]
Saturday 24 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £8.00
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Live Session

Siôn Russell Jones

Venue: Stage

 

Imaginative pop-folk songwriting and intimate, masterful guitar work from Cardiff rising star Siôn.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

Imaginative pop-folk songwriting and intimate, masterful guitar work from Cardiff rising star Siôn.
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24th May 7:30pm £8.00
Event [806]
Saturday 24 May 2014
7:30pm
Price: £20.00

Live Session

Saturday Night Field Pass

This ticket gives you access to all Saturday night events except events in the Hall after 10.30pm.. Be blown away by: Emmy the Great, Squeeze's Chris Difford, Alison Levi, House of Hats, Siôn Russell Jones, HotDoc: Marx Reloaded, The Late Night Debate, and stand-up from Cariad Lloyd & Louise Ford, Will Franken, Holly Burn, Alfie Brown, and Ian Smith.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

This ticket gives you access to all Saturday night events except events in the Hall after 10.30pm..
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24th May 7:30pm £20.00
Event [78]
Saturday 24 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £12.00
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Live Session: Comedy

Holly Burn

Venue: Ring

 

A superb character comedian, Holly Burn supported The Mighty Boosh last year. Harry Hill named her the "Best comedy newcomer" and Eddie Izzard called her "Sexy and bonkers like Twin Peaks".

 

“An extraordinary, fresh, strange new talent. Definitely one to watch" Scotsman

 

Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but First Weekend Passes, Festival Live - 10 Day Passes, and The Saturday Shindig are still available and give you access to this event.

A superb character comedian, Holly Burn supported The Mighty Boosh last year. Harry Hill named her the "Best comedy newcomer" and Eddie Izzard called her "Sexy and bonkers like Twin Peaks".
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24th May 8:00pm £12.00
Event [79]
Saturday 24 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £9.00
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Live Session

House of Hats

Venue: International

 

They may not have been around for long, but House of Hats are fast cementing their status as “band to watch out for” (Maverick Magazine) with sets at all the right festivals – Cambridge Folk, Secret Garden Party – and a debut album with Grammy-winning superproducer Pete Smith. This is a band about to go stellar.

 

"Stunning. Such Harmonies. Stayed with me" Zoe Ball

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

They may not have been around for long, but House of Hats are fast cementing their status as “band to watch out for” (Maverick Magazine) with sets at all the...
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24th May 8:30pm £9.00
Event [80]
Saturday 24 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £16.00

Live Session

Squeeze's Chris Difford

Venue: Stage

 

A legend of the New Wave ever since John Cale produced their debut EP, double Ivor Novello Award winner Chris Difford and his musical menagerie Squeeze have defined the sound of a generation. From Razorlight to Lily Allen, Mark Ronson to Kasabian, Difford has left his mark on so many of today's stars it's impossible to imagine pop culture without him. Now he alights at HowTheLightGetsIn for a gig to remember: miss it, miss out.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

A legend of the New Wave ever since John Cale produced their debut EP, double Ivor Novello Award winner Chris Difford and his musical menagerie Squeeze have defined the sound...
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24th May 8:30pm £16.00
Event [81]
Saturday 24 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £8.00
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Live Session

Orlando Seale and the Swell

Venue: globe Hall

 

Bright-eyed Renaissance man Orlando starred in everything from Sleepy Hollow to The West Wing before forming his lush string ensemble from the ranks of the legendary Southbank Sinfonietta. His dulcet tones and poetic lyrics have taken the band to the ICA and the Secret Garden Party.

 

"Top hear them in full splendour makes me want to weep. Absolutely unique" Joanne Good, BBC

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

 

Bright-eyed Renaissance man Orlando starred in everything from Sleepy Hollow to The West Wing before forming his lush string ensemble from the ranks of the legendary Southbank Sinfonietta.
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24th May 9:00pm £8.00
Event [82]
Saturday 24 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00
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Live Session: Comedy

Cariad Lloyd & Louise Ford

Venue: Ring

 

Prepare for an hour of bizarre and delightful comedy creations. Featuring Cariad (BBC3's The Cariad Show, E4's Cardinal Burns) and Louise (Sky 1's Chickens, BBC2's It’'s Kevin) as they perform their most wonderful voices that live in their head.

 

"A pocket dynamo of a comic" Guardian

"Rib-achingly hysterical" Metro

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

 

Prepare for an hour of bizarre and delightful comedy creations. Featuring Cariad (BBC3's The Cariad Show, E4's Cardinal Burns) and Louise (Sky 1's Chickens, BBC2's It’'s Kevin) as they perform...
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24th May 9:00pm £7.00
Event [83]
Saturday 24 May 2014
9:15pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £4.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Marx Reloaded

Venue: Pavilion

 

How can Marx’s ideas help us understand the current economic crisis? In this gripping film, a stellar array of philosophers including Zizek ask whether we should accept global crisis as an inevitable part of capitalism.

 

"I can't recommend this film highly enough... The film is a fast-paced and even exciting treatment of what might induce a yawn on the printed page" CounterPunch

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

 

How can Marx’s ideas help us understand the current economic crisis? In this gripping film, a stellar array of philosophers including Zizek ask whether we should accept global crisis as...
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24th May 9:15pm £4.00
Event [84]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £20.00

Live Session

Emmy the Great

Venue: International

 

After a stint in Noah and The Whale, Emmy The Great went solo with a debut release that made the New York Times Album of the Year list. She has more A-grade collaborations under her belt than you can shake an anti-folk stick at, from Ash to Johnny Flynn, and runs her own record label. Razor-sharp lyrics and room-rocking energy.

 

“One of the boldest young writers in pop… concoctions of lyrical dynamite” Guardian

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

After a stint in Noah and The Whale, Emmy The Great went solo with a debut release that made the New York Times Album of the Year list.
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24th May 10:00pm £20.00
Event [85]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £10.00

Live Session

Alison Levi

Venue: Stage

 

Meet the new queen bee of pop. Alternately powerful and haunting, Levi draws on acts as diffuse as Radiohead, Otis Redding and Queens of the Stone Age to create a sound that is hers and hers alone. With a Hollywood soundtrack in the bag and a dozen ‘one to watch’ lists tipping her for the big time, Levi’s ascendancy to stardom looks nigh-on-inevitable.

 

"Haunting and captivating" Musicborn

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

Meet the new queen bee of pop. Alternately powerful and haunting, Levi draws on acts as diffuse as Radiohead, Otis Redding and Queens of the Stone Age to create a...
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24th May 10:00pm £10.00
Event [86]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £8.00

Live Session: Comedy

Alfie Brown

Venue: Ring

 

Since his appearance at last year’s HTLGI, iconoclastic Alfie Brown has gone on to star in Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience on Comedy Central and produced another fiery, acclaimed Edinburgh show of cultural criticism-based comedy. He’s been called, variously, too clever, and the future of British stand-up. See for yourself.

 

“Mapping a route to a different class of humour” Guardian

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

Since his appearance at last year’s HTLGI, iconoclastic Alfie Brown has gone on to star in Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience on Comedy Central and produced another fiery, acclaimed Edinburgh...
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24th May 10:30pm £8.00
Event [87]
Saturday 24 May 2014
10:45pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £18.00
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Live Session

Mr Scruff

Venue: globe Hall

 

The tea-guzzling, cartoon-doodling producer, recording artist and veteran DJ formerly known as Andy Carthy will need no introduction for anyone with a serious party appetite. With more than half a million album sales under his belt, and everyone from Nightmare on Wax to Madonna declaring their love, Scruff may be the UK’s most in-demand DJ. Expect an unforgettable smorgasbord of funk, soul, Latin, 2 Tone and ska.

 

“A quest through multiple genres to the outer-corners of the musical spectrum and beyond...Epic” Clash


Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but First Weekend Passes, Festival Live - 10 Day Passes, and The Saturday Shindig are still available and give you access to this event.

The tea-guzzling, cartoon-doodling producer, recording artist and veteran DJ formerly known as Andy Carthy will need no introduction for anyone with a serious party appetite.
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24th May 10:45pm £18.00
Event [88]
Saturday 24 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Midnight Mayhem: The Late Night Debate

Venue: Pavilion

 

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with philosopher and raconteur Barry Smith and comic Holly Burn for a raucous live debate everyone can join. Tonight's motion: "It's Good to Be Bad."

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with philosopher and raconteur Barry Smith and comic Holly Burn for a raucous live debate everyone can join.
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24th May 11:00pm £5.00
Event [89]
Saturday 24 May 2014
11:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Ian Smith

Venue: Stage

 

Some people have all the luck. Though just 24, the singularly-talented, delightfully warped Ian Smith has already starred in a BBC sitcom (Popatron) and made the final of Leicester Square Comedian of the Year. Fusing effortless charm with self-referrence, Smith is a post-modern stand-up star-in-the-making.

 

“Fantastically funny” Times

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

Some people have all the luck. Though just 24, the singularly-talented, delightfully warped Ian Smith has already starred in a BBC sitcom (Popatron) and made the final of Leicester Square...
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24th May 11:30pm £7.00
Event [90]
Sunday 25 May 2014
12:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Live Session: Comedy

Will Franken

Venue: Ring

 

San Franciscan Will Franken evokes a cacophony of characters in a manner reminiscent of Monty Python, and was named ‘Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs’ by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. In 2012 he made his Edinburgh fringe debut and now lives in London. San Francisco’s loss is our gain.

 

“He’ll undercut right-wing jingoism and left-wing piety alike...simply hilarious” Times

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and The Saturday Shindig Party tickets include access to this event.

San Franciscan Will Franken evokes a cacophony of characters in a manner reminiscent of Monty Python, and was named ‘Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs’ by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
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25th May 12:00am £6.00
Event [91]
Sunday 25 May 2014
12:00am
Venue: LG
Price: £18.00
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Night Session

Andrew Weatherall

Venue: LG

 

There is arguably no dance music pioneer who has had a greater impact on popular music than Andrew Weatherall. As well as residing in the pantheon of the greatest Djs of all time, he also produced Primal Scream's seminal Screamadelica and has remixed pretty much everybody. With truly catholic musical tastes, from rock to techno, the Lower Gallery hosts a one-of-a-kind session here. 

"Andrew Weatherall has charted a singular course through British popular music" NME

 

Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but First Weekend Passes, Festival Live - 10 Day Passes, and The Saturday Shindig are still available and give you access to this event.

There is arguably no dance music pioneer who has had a greater impact on popular music than Andrew Weatherall.
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25th May 12:00am £18.00

Sunday 25th May

Event [97]
Sunday 25 May 2014
9:00am
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £12.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Breakfast

Robert Rowland Smith.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by philosopher Robert Roland Smith, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the day ahead. Price includes breakfast.

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by philosopher Robert Roland Smith, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the day ahead.
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25th May 9:00am £12.00

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Event [503]
Sunday 25 May 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £24.00
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IAI Academy Course

The History of Fear

Frank Furedi.

Venue: Riverside

 

We are less familiar with pain and suffering than our ancestors, yet new forms of fear play an ever-expanding role in 21st century life. Sociologist Frank Furedi asks why.

 

Part One: A Brief History of Fear

How have we arrived in an age of fear? Can we accurately assess the dangers we face?

Part Two: Citizens of Fear

From witchcraft to nuclear holocaust, how do fears escalate into social panic?

Part Three: Inner States

Why are uncertainties - from strangers to relationships - internalised as fear?

 

 

We are less familiar with pain and suffering than our ancestors, yet new forms of fear play an ever-expanding role in 21st century life. Sociologist Frank Furedi asks why.
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25th May 10am - 1pm £24.00

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Event [99]
Sunday 25 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

Neuroscience vs. Philosophy

Margaret Boden, Steven Rose, Barry C. Smith. Roger Bolton hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind. But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. Is it possible we have discovered a science to replace philosophy and we can finally make real progress?

 

Cognitive scientist Margaret Boden, and philosopher of mind and language Barry C. Smith and neurobiologist Steven Rose put neuroscience on trial.

From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind.
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25th May 10:30am £8.00

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Event [100]
Sunday 25 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: International
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Docs in the Dock

Clare Gerada, David Healy, Gisela Stuart. Ritula Shah hosts.

Venue: International

 

Despite the recent bad press most of us still think doctor knows best. Yet with medical intervention now the third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer, is it time to call a halt to our trust? Should we end the monopoly on prescription? Would this give us ownership over our own health or risk lives and return us to Victorian quackery?

 

Radical psychiatrist David Healy, former health minister Gisela Stuart and chair of the Royal College of GPs Clare Gerada put the medical profession on trial.

Despite the recent bad press most of us still think doctor knows best. Yet with medical intervention now the third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer, is it time...
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25th May 10:30am £7.00

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Event [101]
Sunday 25 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Philosopher's Guide to Style

Shahidha Bari.

Venue: Ring

 

You’re so vain, you probably think this talk is about you. Luckily for you, it is. Shahidha Bari puts a comb through the hair of Kant and freshens up Foucault to work out how philosophy holds up a mirror to ourselves.

 

"Formidable" Times

You’re so vain, you probably think this talk is about you. Luckily for you, it is.
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25th May 11:00am £5.00

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Event [103]
Sunday 25 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

War and Peace

George Galloway, Edward Mortimer, Richard Shireff. Alice Baxter hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Peace on earth has been the cry of idealists throughout the ages. Yet it is warfare and violence that sells newspapers and films not heaven and tranquility. Is world peace a mistaken goal which if achieved would leave us seeking risk, danger and excitement or is it still the essential political goal?

 

Alice Baxter asks outspoken politician George Galloway, former UN Director of Communications Edward Mortimer and leading British General Sir Richard Shireff to imagine the end of war.

Peace on earth has been the cry of idealists throughout the ages. Yet it is warfare and violence that sells newspapers and films not heaven and tranquility.
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25th May 12:00pm £7.00

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Event [104]
Sunday 25 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Planet of the Clones

Hilary Rose, Anders Sandberg, Ian Wilmut. Barnaby Martin hosts.

Venue: International

 

Human cloning is anathema to most of us conjuring up Metropolis visions of identical humans serving tyrannical masters. But might this be a mistaken horror story? Could human cloning instead lead to medical breakthroughs and the end to infertility?

 

Dolly the Sheep embryologist Sir Ian Wilmut, outspoken Oxford bioethicist and transhumanist Anders Sandberg and radical sociologist Hilary Rose seek out new life.

Human cloning is anathema to most of us conjuring up Metropolis visions of identical humans serving tyrannical masters.
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25th May 12:00pm £6.00

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Event [105]
Sunday 25 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Is Descartes Irrelevant?

Mary Midgley.

Venue: Ring

 

Should we still read philosophy dreamed up hundreds of years ago seriously? Moral philosopher Mary Midgley makes the case.

 

"The UK's foremost scourge of scientific pretention" Guardian

Should we still read philosophy dreamed up hundreds of years ago seriously? Moral philosopher Mary Midgley makes the case.
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25th May 12:00pm £5.00

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Event [108]
Sunday 25 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

The End of Equality

Beatrix Campbell.

Venue: Ring

 

From proliferating violence to a stagnant pay gap, the age of equality is a myth. Radical feminist Beatrix Campbell leads the fight for a better world.

 

"A great chronicler of our times" Helena Kennedy

From proliferating violence to a stagnant pay gap, the age of equality is a myth. Radical feminist Beatrix Campbell leads the fight for a better world.
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25th May 1:00pm £6.00

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Event [109]
Sunday 25 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £12.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Ian Wilmut.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join leading scientist Sir Ian Wilmut, who led the creation of Dolly the Sheep as he investigates the power of regenerative medicine to transform the future of human health.

Join leading scientist Sir Ian Wilmut, who led the creation of Dolly the Sheep as he investigates the power of regenerative medicine to transform the future of human health.
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25th May 1:00pm £12.00

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Event [110]
Sunday 25 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £12.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Clare Gerada.

Venue: LG

 

Medic, broadcaster and one of Women’s Hour’s 100 most influential women in the UK, Clare Gerada, leads the conversation in the lower gallery. With medical intervention now the third biggest killer after heart disease, should we still place our trust in doctors?

Medic, broadcaster and one of Women’s Hour’s 100 most influential women in the UK, Clare Gerada, leads the conversation in the lower gallery.
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25th May 1:00pm £12.00

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Event [111]
Sunday 25 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Philosophy Session

Madness, Incorporated

Richard Bentall, Dinesh Bhugra, David Healy. Ritula Shah hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From depression to bipolar disorder, we think psychiatric diagnoses are real. Yet many now argue that categories of mental illness have little basis in nature. Is it time to abandon psychiatry and its classifications? Would this usher in a new era of effective health care or cause widespread harm?

 

President-elect of the World Psychiatric Association Dinesh Bhugra, radical psychiatrist David Healy and clinical psychologist Richard Bentall debate the future of psychiatry.

From depression to bipolar disorder, we think psychiatric diagnoses are real. Yet many now argue that categories of mental illness have little basis in nature.
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25th May 1:15pm £9.00

SOLD OUT

Event [112]
Sunday 25 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Escaping Gender and the Science of Sex

Rosalind Arden, Julie Bindel, Hilary Rose. David Malone hosts.

Venue: International

 

We split the world into two sexes, even plants are seen as male and female. But does this distinction make for good science? Might evolutionary accounts of sexual difference be a human fiction? Is this a way to escape the constraints of gender or the blind pursuit of a mistaken political goal?

 

David Malone asks feminist and Guardian journalist Julie Bindel, biologist Rosalind Arden, and radical sociologist and author of Genes, Cells and Brains Hilary Rose to envisage new ways of seeing ourselves.

We split the world into two sexes, even plants are seen as male and female. But does this distinction make for good science? Might evolutionary accounts of sexual difference be...
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25th May 1:15pm £6.00

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Event [115]
Sunday 25 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Manufacturing Love

Anders Sandberg.

Venue: Ring

 

Can we outwit evolution to make love last? The Oxford Future of Humanity Institute's Anders Sandberg explores the science of romance.

Can we outwit evolution to make love last? The Oxford Future of Humanity Institute's Anders Sandberg explores the science of romance.
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25th May 2:00pm £5.00

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Event [116]
Sunday 25 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Mind Machines

Margaret Boden, Paul Dolan, Hubert Dreyfus. Mary Ann Sieghart hosts.

Venue: International

 

40 years on from the film 2001 many of its predictions have come to pass - videophones, flat screens, permanent space stations. Yet we have no equivalent to HAL, the intelligent machine, or anything like it. Is it possible that the human mind is a radically different thing from the computer?

 

Internationally renowned expert in behavioural science Paul Dolan, artificial intelligence expert Margaret Boden and, live from California, philosopher Hubert Dreyfus join forces to confront the mind's greatest metaphor.

 

In association with the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

40 years on from the film 2001 many of its predictions have come to pass - videophones, flat screens, permanent space stations.
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25th May 2:30pm £7.00

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Event [117]
Sunday 25 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Beyond Reality

Joanna Kavenna, Hilary Lawson, Roger Penrose. Robert Rowland Smith hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From lemons to clouds, we assume what we see is what's really there. Yet there are many different ways to describe the world.  Might what we take to be reality be a radically incomplete account of what there is?  Is this hocus pocus best reserved for fools and philosophers, or does it open up a world of infinite potential?

Award-winning novelist Joanna Kavenna, mathematical physicist Roger Penrose, and post-postmodern philosopher Hilary Lawson seek the ultimate answer.

From lemons to clouds, we assume what we see is what's really there. Yet there are many different ways to describe the world.  Might what we take to be reality...
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25th May 2:30pm £7.00

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Event [504]
Sunday 25 May 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £20.00
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IAI Academy Course

Sexuality and Power

Véronique Mottier.

Venue: Riverside

 

What is sexuality, and how does it reflect power relations within society? Award-winning Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier provides a provocative cultural history.

 

Part One: The Ancient World

What did sex look like in ancient Greece, where the majority of the population had no rights?

Part Two: Christianity and Sexuality

How did Christianity's rise radically transform sexual norms, and what does this mean for us?

Part Three: Science and Sexuality

How have scientists and activists engaged in a power struggle to classify modern sexuality?

 

What is sexuality, and how does it reflect power relations within society? Award-winning Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier provides a provocative cultural history.
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25th May 2:30pm - 5:30pm £20.00

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Event [119]
Sunday 25 May 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Beyond Psychotherapy

Richard Bentall.

Venue: Ring

 

Clinical psychologist and author of Madness Explained Richard Bentall envisions bold new alternatives to the psychiatric-industrial complex.

 

"Full of insight and humanity" Times

Clinical psychologist and author of Madness Explained Richard Bentall envisions bold new alternatives to the psychiatric-industrial complex.
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25th May 3:00pm £7.00

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Event [122]
Sunday 25 May 2014
3:45pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £18.00

Open Platform

Winetasting and Philosophy

Barry C. Smith.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join philosopher and author of A Question of Taste Barry C. Smith for a uniquely philosophical winetasting session. Drink included.

Join philosopher and author of A Question of Taste Barry C. Smith for a uniquely philosophical winetasting session. Drink included.
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25th May 3:45pm £18.00

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Event [123]
Sunday 25 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £8.00
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Philosophy Session

The Greatest Adventure

Robert Eaglestone, Angie Hobbs, Brooke Magnanti. Barnaby Martin hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Romantic love is central to our culture, our novels, films and lives. Yet historians argue it is a modern western invention. Might we live more fulfilling lives if we gave up chasing this romantic ideal or does it still offer us the most exciting adventure of our lives?  

 

Philosopher and broadcaster Angie Hobbs, Telegraph columnist and Secret Diary of a Call Girl author Brooke Magnanti, and Prof of Contemporary Literature and Thought Robert Eaglestone pursue true romance.

Romantic love is central to our culture, our novels, films and lives. Yet historians argue it is a modern western invention.
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25th May 4:00pm £8.00

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Event [124]
Sunday 25 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Morality, Hypocrisy and Health

Kevin Sabet, Mary Ann Sieghart, Mike Trace. Hilary Lawson hosts.

Venue: International

 

Alcohol and tobacco, largely made in the West and exported to the rest of the world, kill 25 times as many people worldwide as all illegal drugs put together. Could it be that illegal drugs are not banned to protect our health but to protect the West's deadly exports?  Under the guise of morality is the West pursuing an economic goal, or is the war on drugs a genuine attempt to improve our wellbeing?

 

Senior Drug Policy Advisor to the Obama Administration Kevin Sabet, live from Boston, award-winning columnist and broadcaster Mary Ann Sieghart, and drug tsar to Tony Blair Mike Trace confront the west's relationship with drugs.

Alcohol and tobacco, largely made in the West and exported to the rest of the world, kill 25 times as many people worldwide as all illegal drugs put together.
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25th May 4:00pm £5.00

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Event [125]
Sunday 25 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Persecution of Heretics

David Healy.

Venue: Ring

 

Is science really a noble, unbiased search for truth? Psychiatrist David Healy uncovers the politics of unpopular research.

 

"Definitive" Guardian

Is science really a noble, unbiased search for truth? Psychiatrist David Healy uncovers the politics of unpopular research.
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25th May 4:00pm £5.00

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Event [128]
Sunday 25 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Stem Cells and the Future of Medicine

Ian Wilmut.

Venue: Ring

 

Can stem cells ethically transform medicine? Cloner of Dolly the Sheep Ian Wilmut reveals the promises of a global cell bank.

 

"A scientific visionary" Independent

Can stem cells ethically transform medicine? Cloner of Dolly the Sheep Ian Wilmut reveals the promises of a global cell bank.
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25th May 5:00pm £5.00

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Event [129]
Sunday 25 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £8.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Dinesh Bhugra.

Venue: LG

 

Join president-elect of the World Psychiatric Association Dinesh Bhugra as he explores whether it is time to abandon psychiatry and its classifications. Price includes tea and cake.

Join president-elect of the World Psychiatric Association Dinesh Bhugra as he explores whether it is time to abandon psychiatry and its classifications. Price includes tea and cake.
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25th May 5:00pm £8.00

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Event [130]
Sunday 25 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Paradise City

Chris Huhne, Joanna Kavenna, Richard Sennett. Robert Rowland Smith hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

The modern metropolis emerged not to serve human need but in response to the industrial revolution. Yet from Great Expectations to Brick Lane, art is ripe with stories of how urban living can transform our identities. Should we build cities to create better people? Or would this turn urban life into an Orwellian dystopia?

 

American sociologist Richard Sennett and award-winning author Joanna Kavenna imagine the future of cities with former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne.

The modern metropolis emerged not to serve human need but in response to the industrial revolution.
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25th May 5:30pm £7.00

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Event [131]
Sunday 25 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

Owning the World

Phillip Blond, Owen Jones, Anatole Kaletsky. Alice Baxter hosts.

Venue: International

 

Ownership is a keystone of our way of life. But companies own forms of life and fewer people own more and more. Is it time to consider radical limits to ownership in search of a fairer, more equal society? Or would this threaten personal freedom and economic growth?

 

Isabel Hilton asks eminent economist, Anatole Kaletsky, Guardian columnist and author of Chavs Owen Jones, and Director of ResPublica Phillip Blond to consider limits to ownership.

Ownership is a keystone of our way of life. But companies own forms of life and fewer people own more and more.
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25th May 5:30pm £8.00

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Event [133]
Sunday 25 May 2014
6:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Mental Health in the 21st Century

Dinesh Bhugra.

Venue: Ring

 

What will the 21st century hold for psychiatric patients? World Psychiatric Association President Dinesh Bhugra investigates how treatments, diagnosis and our entire approach to mental illness could change.

What will the 21st century hold for psychiatric patients? World Psychiatric Association President Dinesh Bhugra investigates how treatments, diagnosis and our entire approach to mental illness could change.
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25th May 6:00pm £5.00

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Event [136]
Sunday 25 May 2014
6:45pm
Venue: International
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Crisis of Masculinity

Diane Abbott.

Venue: International

 

With rapid economic and social change leaving Britain's men behind, Labour politician Diane Abbott imagines brave solutions to an impending social diaster.

 

"A maverick unafraid to speak her mind" Telegraph

With rapid economic and social change leaving Britain's men behind, Labour politician Diane Abbott imagines brave solutions to an impending social diaster.
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25th May 6:45pm £5.00

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Event [137]
Sunday 25 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Women on Top

Catherine Hakim, AL Kennedy, Serena Kutchinsky. Roger Bolton hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Generations of women have struggled to crack the glass ceiling. But a new generation of female CEOs are accusing women of self-sabotage. Might the scarcity of female leaders be due to a lack of commitment? Is success driven by determination or is this a heresy that obscures a system of privilege? 

 

Outspoken sociologist and author of Honey Money Catherine Hakim, Costa award-winning novelist, columnist and comedian AL Kennedy and digital editor of Prospect Magazine and the author of the 'Is this feminism?' blog Serena Kutchinsky debate myths of leadership, gender, and power.

In association with Prospect Magazine.

Generations of women have struggled to crack the glass ceiling. But a new generation of female CEOs are accusing women of self-sabotage.
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25th May 7:00pm £7.00

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Event [138]
Sunday 25 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Climate Change and Britain's Future

Chris Huhne.

Venue: Ring

 

Columnist and former cabinet minister for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne imagines the true impact of global warming on life in the UK.

 

"Independent, fearless and forthright" Guardian

Columnist and former cabinet minister for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne imagines the true impact of global warming on life in the UK.
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25th May 7:00pm £7.00

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Event [139]
Sunday 25 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £16.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Dinner

Joanna Kavenna, Richard Sennett.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Novelist Joanna Kavenna and sociologist Richard Sennett host a culinary and intellectual feast in the art pavilion. Should we build cities to create better people? Price includes dinner.

Novelist Joanna Kavenna and sociologist Richard Sennett host a culinary and intellectual feast in the art pavilion. Should we build cities to create better people? Price includes dinner.
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25th May 7:30pm £16.00

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Event [141]
Sunday 25 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: LG
Price: £14.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Dinner

Angie Hobbs.

Venue: LG

 

Join philosopher Angie Hobbs for a Gallic banquet of ideas. Might we live more fulfilling lives if we gave up chasing the romantic ideal? Price includes dinner.

Join philosopher Angie Hobbs for a Gallic banquet of ideas. Might we live more fulfilling lives if we gave up chasing the romantic ideal? Price includes dinner.
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25th May 7:30pm £14.00

SOLD OUT

Event [142]
Sunday 25 May 2014
7:30pm
Price: £26.00
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Live Session

Sunday Special

Flamboyant party marvels from some of the UK's top talent. Searing vocals, lush melodies and gypsy grooves to set your feet on fire.

 

This ticket gives you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening. Be captivated by: Molotov Jukebox, Moulettes, Moya, Zen Hussies, Sara Pascoe and John Robins, Pierre Novellie, Ivo Graham, Keiron the Mighty, Emma Stevens, Josephine and the Artizans, Maddie Jones, HotDoc: The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women, The Late Night Debate and DJ Krome Angels featuring Dino Psaras with support from Aubrey Fry!

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

Flamboyant party marvels from some of the UK's top talent. Searing vocals, lush melodies and gypsy grooves to set your feet on fire.
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25th May 7:30pm £26.00
Event [143]
Sunday 25 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage

Live Session

Maddie Jones

Venue: Stage

 

Jazz, rock and folk brought together with explosive, bombastic energy.

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

Jazz, rock and folk brought together with explosive, bombastic energy.
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25th May 7:30pm
Event [144]
Sunday 25 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00

Live Session

Josephine and the Artizans

Venue: International

 

Ditch all genre preconceptions: this London fusion of classical music, hip-hip and rock has a sound that is both coherent and unique. With a whopping ten members, there’s room for both rap and operatic vocals, and a load of interlocking instrumental layers and rhythms that defy description and will fill the room with awe.

 

“Explosive… thrilling” The Flux

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

Ditch all genre preconceptions: this London fusion of classical music, hip-hip and rock has a sound that is both coherent and unique.
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25th May 8:30pm £8.00
Event [145]
Sunday 25 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £7.00

Live Session

Emma Stevens

Venue: Stage

 

A sharp pop sensibility makes Emma Stevens’ multi-instrumental folk sparkle. Her songwriting talents got a K-Pop No.1, she has world tours with The Kooks, Feeder and Incubus under her belt, and has collaborated with Kate Nash, Passenger and JennBostic. Beneath this impressive musical CV lie songs that are brim-full of soul.

 

“Possible the most perfect pop record you’ll hear this year.” Louder Than War

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

A sharp pop sensibility makes Emma Stevens’ multi-instrumental folk sparkle. Her songwriting talents got a K-Pop No.1, she has world tours with The Kooks, Feeder and Incubus under her belt,...
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25th May 8:30pm £7.00
Event [146]
Sunday 25 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Zen Hussies

Venue: globe Hall

 

A rock’n’roll romp through musical history, the Zen Hussies started out playing pre-war music with a contemporary edge and have evolved into one of the highlights of the festival circuit. Their high-octane sound respects no boundaries, with swing, ska, rockabilly and calypso all in the mix. We defy you to remain still – they certainly won’t.

 

“Catchy as it gets… they’re a splendid bunch” Venue

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

A rock’n’roll romp through musical history, the Zen Hussies started out playing pre-war music with a contemporary edge and have evolved into one of the highlights of the festival circuit.
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25th May 9:00pm £9.00
Event [147]
Sunday 25 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £12.00
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Live Session: Comedy

Sara Pascoe and John Robins

Venue: Ring

 

A double bill from stand-up power couple John Robins and Sara Pascoe.

 

Robins's stand-up act has been described as comedy’s best-kept secret: a maverick storyteller weaving improv with punchy gags and wordplay, he is “a complete and utter natural” (Russell Howard).

 

Pascoe is a master of satire through logical extension, taking the tiniest figment and subjecting it to absurd examination with weighty aims in mind: last year’s show centred around the conditional nature of truth and the self – partly by means of fluctuating Sugababes line-ups analogising cellular replacement. Trust us, it’s hilarious.

 

"[Robins's show is] one of the most consistently pleasing hours on the fringe" Independent

"Pascoe’s lively mind teases out big questions… a near-perfect show" Guardian

 

Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but Sunday Monday PassesFestival Live - 10 Day Passes, and Sunday Special are still available and give you access to this event

A double bill from stand-up power couple John Robins and Sara Pascoe.
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25th May 9:00pm £12.00
Event [148]
Sunday 25 May 2014
9:15pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £4.00

Live Session: HotDocs

The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women

Venue: Pavilion

 

Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the world’s most influential fashion photographers, developing photography as an art form. With exclusive archive access, this film tells an iconic story of the power of beauty.

 

"This fascinating profile tells a remarkable story" Sunday Times

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the world’s most influential fashion photographers, developing photography as an art form.
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25th May 9:15pm £4.00
Event [149]
Sunday 25 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £10.00

Live Session

Moya

Venue: International

 

She’s supported Mick Hucknall and Rod Stewart, played alongside Rizzle Kicks, Karima Francis and Jack Savoretti, and her single “Making Me Fall” enjoyed weeks as a Radio 2 favourite. Moya has taken both audiences and airwaves by storm, and stops off to bring some of her immaculate pop magic to HTLGI.

 

“Truly a triumph… This moment is hers” Polari

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

She’s supported Mick Hucknall and Rod Stewart, played alongside Rizzle Kicks, Karima Francis and Jack Savoretti, and her single “Making Me Fall” enjoyed weeks as a Radio 2 favourite.
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25th May 10:00pm £10.00
Event [150]
Sunday 25 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £12.00

Live Session

Moulettes

Venue: Stage

 

Other-worldly orchestral indie-folk from the “exquisite” (Guardian) Moulettes, composed of members of Mumford and Sons and the Holloways, and an array of influences as diverse as Pentangle, the Beach Boys and Kate Bush. Critics, from Mojo to the Independent, are huge fans: come and see why.

 

“Divine harmonies… Orchestral folk at its very finest” Time Out

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

Other-worldly orchestral indie-folk from the “exquisite” (Guardian) Moulettes, composed of members of Mumford and Sons and the Holloways, and an array of influences as diverse as Pentangle, the Beach Boys...
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25th May 10:00pm £12.00
Event [151]
Sunday 25 May 2014
10:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Kieron the Mighty

Venue: Ring

 

Illusionist Kieron Johnson makes Uri Geller look like an amateur, turning magic into performance art with a unique mixture of the strange, the bizarre and the beautiful. Be prepared to be stunned into silent amazement.

 

“Mind-blowing” List

 

Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but Sunday Monday PassesFestival Live - 10 Day Passes, and Sunday Special are still available and give you access to this event

Illusionist Kieron Johnson makes Uri Geller look like an amateur, turning magic into performance art with a unique mixture of the strange, the bizarre and the beautiful.
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25th May 10:30pm £7.00
Event [152]
Sunday 25 May 2014
10:45pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £16.00
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Live Session

Molotov Jukebox

Venue: globe Hall

 

Fronted in stunningly flamboyant style by movie star, fashion icon and musician Natalia Tena, Molotov Jukebox are a relentlessly fiery gypsy dance masters with an infectious party vibe. Natalia’s provocative, sultry vocals slink across beautiful harmonies and powerful pop hooks, woven by brazen trumpet and decadent violin, all driven along by a brutally tight, pounding rhythm section. Unmissable.

"They should be the house-band in a 1920s French brothel, crammed into a bedroom corner, stomping their Balkan feet in time to every stinking, drunken stroke" The Fly

 

Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but Sunday Monday Passes, Festival Live - 10 Day Passes, and Sunday Special are still available and give you access to this event

Fronted in stunningly flamboyant style by movie star, fashion icon and musician Natalia Tena, Molotov Jukebox are a relentlessly fiery gypsy dance masters with an infectious party vibe.
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25th May 10:45pm £16.00
Event [153]
Sunday 25 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Midnight Mayhem: The Late Night Debate

Venue: Pavilion

 

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring and join comedians John Robins and Sarah Pascoe for a raucous live debate everyone can join. Tonight's motion: "the body is more valuable than the mind."

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring and join comedians John Robins and Sarah Pascoe for a raucous live debate everyone can join.
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25th May 11:00pm £5.00
Event [154]
Sunday 25 May 2014
11:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Pierre Novellie

Venue: Stage

 

Amused Moose Laugh Off Winner Pierre Novellie’s “slick and slightly offbeat” comedy is “sometimes redolent of Eddie Izzard” (Chortle); this former member of the Cambridge Footlights was also the first comedian to perform at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Comedy Night.

 

“An absolute pleasure to watch” Broadway Baby

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.


Amused Moose Laugh Off Winner Pierre Novellie’s “slick and slightly offbeat” comedy is “sometimes redolent of Eddie Izzard” (Chortle); this former member of the Cambridge Footlights was also the first...
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25th May 11:30pm £7.00
Event [155]
Monday 26 May 2014
12:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Ivo Graham

Venue: Ring

 

Blessed not only with a keen mind for smart observational comedy and impressive improvisational skills, So You Think You’re Funny? winner Ivo Graham also has a real knack for that tricky comic device, the callback; his “beautifully-constructed comedy” (Scotsman) has already made its way onto BBC Three’s Edinburgh Fest Live.

 

“One of the best young comedians around” Time Out

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Sunday Special Party tickets include access to this event.

Blessed not only with a keen mind for smart observational comedy and impressive improvisational skills, So You Think You’re Funny? winner Ivo Graham also has a real knack for that...
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26th May 12:00am £7.00
Event [156]
Monday 26 May 2014
12:00am
Venue: LG
Price: £9.00

Night Session

Krome Angels feat. Dino Psaras with support from Aubrey Fry

Venue: LG

 

Since 2006 Krome Angels have been a byword for dance innovation, unforgettable parties and breathtaking musical talent. Hot on the back of their acclaimed second album featuring rave legends MC Darrison and Kosheen’s Sian Evans, the Angels are ready to cement their reputations as titans of electronic music. Leave your expectations at the door: this trio take trance into brave new worlds, encompassing breakbeat, techno, house, electro and everything in-between. Unmissable.

 

Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but Sunday Monday PassesFestival Live - 10 Day Passes, and Sunday Special are still available and give you access to this event

Since 2006 Krome Angels have been a byword for dance innovation, unforgettable parties and breathtaking musical talent.
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26th May 12:00am £9.00

Monday 26th May

Event [162]
Monday 26 May 2014
9:00am
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £18.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Breakfast

Owen Jones.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by journalist Owen Jones, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the day ahead. Price includes breakfast.

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by journalist Owen Jones, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the day ahead.
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26th May 9:00am £18.00

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Event [163]
Monday 26 May 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Creative Robots

Margaret Boden.

Venue: Ring

 

Will computers ever think out of the box? Leading cognitive scientist Margaret Boden reveals the science of making a truly creative artificial intelligence.

 

"Boden is… one of the world's best commentators on these matters" Douglas Hoftstadter, Nature

Will computers ever think out of the box? Leading cognitive scientist Margaret Boden reveals the science of making a truly creative artificial intelligence.
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26th May 10:00am £6.00

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Event [505]
Monday 26 May 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £18.00
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End of Equality

Beatrix Campbell.

Venue: Riverside

 

Has neoliberalism destroyed gender equality? Advocate, author and broadcaster Beatrix Campbell examines the emergence of a new model of patriarchy and proposes solutions.

 

Part One: The Rise of Neopatriarchy

What does the 21st century sexual contract look like and how did it emerge?

Part Two: The New Sexual Settlement

How do the politics and economics of labour conspire to make equality impossible?

Part Three: Violence, War and Justice

Could we expect a society free from prejudice with world please and democracy for all?

 

 

Has neoliberalism destroyed gender equality? Advocate, author and broadcaster Beatrix Campbell examines the emergence of a new model of patriarchy and proposes solutions.
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26th May 10am - 1pm £18.00

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Event [164]
Monday 26 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

Expert Lies

Norman Lamont, Edward Mortimer, Matthew Parris. Mary Ann Sieghart hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We rely on experts in every field. Yet from economists to climate scientists they hold wildly disparate views. Might the very idea of objective knowledge be illusory and expertise be a form of institutional power? If we were more sceptical would it lead to democracy or bring chaos?

 

Mary Ann Sieghart asks former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont, Times columnist Matthew Parris, and former UN head of communications Edward Mortimer to examine the rise of experts.

We rely on experts in every field. Yet from economists to climate scientists they hold wildly disparate views.
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26th May 10:30am £8.00

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Event [165]
Monday 26 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: International
Price: £9.00
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Philosophy Session

The Eye of the Needle

Diane Abbott, Chris Huhne, Jamie Whyte. Robert Yates hosts.

Venue: International

 

The Government and the left appear to agree:  we have a moral duty to pay tax.  Yet hip companies from Google to Starbucks have other ideas.  Is paying tax not a moral issue after all? Might avoidance even be a catalyst for growth?  Or is paying tax the only way the rich pass the eye of the needle?

 

Labour politician Diane Abbott, philosopher and former Times columnist Jamie Whyte, and former Liberal Democrat minister Chris Huhne consider a 21st century heresy.

The Government and the left appear to agree:  we have a moral duty to pay tax.  Yet hip companies from Google to Starbucks have other ideas.  Is paying tax not...
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26th May 10:30am £9.00

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Event [166]
Monday 26 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

The Summit

Ed Conway.

Venue: Ring

 

In 1944, a small group of men set out to repair the mess that was left of the world economy. Sky News's Ed Conway tells their story.

 

"An exceptional account" Evan Davis

In 1944, a small group of men set out to repair the mess that was left of the world economy. Sky News's Ed Conway tells their story.
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26th May 11:00am £6.00

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Event [168]
Monday 26 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Philosophy Session

The End of Capitalism

Pippa Malmgren, Saskia Sassen, Robert Wade, Pnina Werbner. Ed Conway hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Fredric Jameson claimed it was easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. Was he right? Can new alternatives to the current paradigm emerge to conquer the world, or is capitalism the only realistic economic system?

 

Leading sociologist Saskia Sassen, economic advisor to Bush Pippa Malmgren, political theorist Robert Wade and anthropologist Pnina Werbner imagine the world's future.

 

In association with ZED books Critique Influence Change series.

Fredric Jameson claimed it was easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.
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26th May 12:00pm £9.00

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Event [169]
Monday 26 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

When Women Rule

Diane Abbott, Niamh Corbett, Helena Cronin. Matthew Parris hosts.

Venue: International

 

From the boardroom to politics we look to increase the representation of women. But if women were dominant what impact would it have? Might women be best suited to 21st century culture and create a productive economy and less conflictual politics? Or is this utopian and sexist nonsense?

 

Outspoken Labour politician Diane Abbott, LSE Darwinian philosopher Helena Cronin, and Morgan Stanley Vice-President Niamh Corbett consider a change of culture.

From the boardroom to politics we look to increase the representation of women. But if women were dominant what impact would it have? Might women be best suited to 21st...
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26th May 12:00pm £6.00

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Event [170]
Monday 26 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

How To Save the World in One Step

Thomas Pogge.

Venue: Ring

 

Could a revolution in patent law save a million lives? Yale's Thomas Pogge, Director of the Global Justice Program, is transforming the world of medicine.

 

"Moral depth, clear thinking, inventiveness, and practical good sense" Derek Parfit

Could a revolution in patent law save a million lives? Yale's Thomas Pogge, Director of the Global Justice Program, is transforming the world of medicine.
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26th May 12:00pm £5.00

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Event [173]
Monday 26 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

New Trends in Sexuality

Catherine Hakim.

Venue: Ring

 

Are modern men starved of sex? Outspoken sociologist Catherine Hakim reveals how the decline of war has led to a crisis in male sexuality.

 

"Her ideas are the most modern of modern" Times

Are modern men starved of sex? Outspoken sociologist Catherine Hakim reveals how the decline of war has led to a crisis in male sexuality.
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26th May 1:00pm £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [174]
Monday 26 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £16.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Diane Abbott.

Venue: Pavilion

 

In the Pavilion, join politician Diane Abbott for lunch as she asks if paying tax is a moral duty. Price includes lunch.

In the Pavilion, join politician Diane Abbott for lunch as she asks if paying tax is a moral duty. Price includes lunch.
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26th May 1:00pm £16.00

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Event [175]
Monday 26 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £16.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Helena Cronin.

Venue: LG

 

In the Lower Gallery, Darwinian philosopher Helena Cronin asks: Are women better suited to the 21st century? Price includes lunch.

In the Lower Gallery, Darwinian philosopher Helena Cronin asks: Are women better suited to the 21st century? Price includes lunch.
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26th May 1:00pm £16.00

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Event [176]
Monday 26 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Philosophy Session

Beyond Left and Right

Hilary Benn, Michael Howard, Pippa Malmgren, Peter Oborne. Owen Bennett-Jones hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Since the French Revolution, left and right divide has defined the political map. But is it still relevant? Might it be time to abandon the opposition of progressive and conservative politics? Or is it still clear where progress lies and all the more important to seek to bring it about?

 

Labour politician Hilary Benn, former Conservative leader Michael Howard, Telegraph political commentator Peter Oborne, and Senior Advisor to George Bush Pippa Malmgren seek a new political language.

Since the French Revolution, left and right divide has defined the political map. But is it still relevant? Might it be time to abandon the opposition of progressive and conservative...
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26th May 1:15pm £9.00

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Event [177]
Monday 26 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

Fantasies and Lies

Hannah Dawson, Angie Hobbs, Joanna Kavenna. Vassili Christodoulou hosts.

Venue: International

 

Myth and fantasy are the stuff of fiction.  They are not meant to be the stuff of real life.  Yet are we not all victim to our own fantasies? Might myths be essential to our motivation and success and more broadly reality be woven in with fantasy?  Or is this to demean everyday life and make of it a lie?

Vassili Christodoulou asks philosopher and classicist Angie Hobbs, novelist Joanna Kavenna, and historian of ideas Hannah Dawson to interrogate the myths we live by.

Myth and fantasy are the stuff of fiction.  They are not meant to be the stuff of real life.  Yet are we not all victim to our own fantasies? Might...
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26th May 1:15pm £8.00

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Event [180]
Monday 26 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

In Defense of Anonymity

Brooke Magnanti.

Venue: Ring

 

Is anonymity more than an excuse for online abuse and trolling? Research scientist and writer Brooke Magnanti demasks the history of the unnamed.

 

"A media sensation" Telegraph

Is anonymity more than an excuse for online abuse and trolling? Research scientist and writer Brooke Magnanti demasks the history of the unnamed.
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26th May 2:00pm £5.00

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Event [181]
Monday 26 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00
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Philosophy Session

The Rise and Fall of Democracy

Michael Howard, Owen Jones, Laurie Penny, Jamie Whyte. Ritula Shah hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We see democracy as progress. Yet with the evidence of Chinese success, the Arab spring that became winter, and crisis in the Ukraine its victory looks precarious. Might democracy be a temporary blip in world history? Or is this a heresy favoured only by tyrants and powermongers?

 

Philosopher Jamie Whyte and former Conservative leader Michael Howard dispute democracy's value with new champions of the Left Laurie Penny and columnist Owen Jones.

We see democracy as progress. Yet with the evidence of Chinese success, the Arab spring that became winter, and crisis in the Ukraine its victory looks precarious.
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26th May 2:30pm £9.00

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Event [182]
Monday 26 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

A Very British Disease

Aditya Chakrabortty, Anatole Kaletsky, Stephen King. Poppy Trowbridge hosts.

Venue: International

 

Yet another property bubble maybe on the way. But in Germany and Japan, homeownership is of less consequence.  Would we be more innovative and prosperous if property was not a national obsession? Or is it the key to our independence, our security and perhaps even our democracy?

Poppy Trowbridge asks Guardian economist Aditya Chakrabortty, Capitalism 4.0 author Anatole Kaletsky, and HSBC chief economist Stephen King to burst our nation's favourite bubble.

Yet another property bubble maybe on the way. But in Germany and Japan, homeownership is of less consequence.  Would we be more innovative and prosperous if property was not a...
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26th May 2:30pm £8.00

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Event [506]
Monday 26 May 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £18.00
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Creating Global Justice

Thomas Pogge.

Venue: Riverside

 

Can we end world poverty by changing the way we trade? Director of Yale's Global Justice Programme Thomas Pogge outlines new approaches to solving a global problem.

 

Part One: The Facts

How can we assess global poverty, and what do these methods tell us about the world we live in?

Part Two: Why Now?

Do institutions impede the eradication of poverty? Why don't the poor participate in economic growth?

Part Three: Our Duty

Is it a crime against humanity to not do what we can to end global poverty?

 

Can we end world poverty by changing the way we trade? Director of Yale's Global Justice Programme Thomas Pogge outlines new approaches to solving a global problem.
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26th May 2:30pm - 5:30pm £18.00

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Event [187]
Monday 26 May 2014
3:45pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £12.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Hilary Benn, Michael Howard.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join Labour politician Hilary Benn and former Conservative leader Michael Howard in the pavilion as they ask: might it be time to abandon the opposition of progressive and conservative politics? Price includes tea and cake.

Join Labour politician Hilary Benn and former Conservative leader Michael Howard in the pavilion as they ask: might it be time to abandon the opposition of progressive and conservative politics? Price...
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26th May 3:45pm £12.00

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Event [188]
Monday 26 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Living Differently

Catherine Hakim, Brooke Magnanti, Robert Rowland Smith. Ritula Shah hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Most of us regard a mate for life as a desirable goal. Yet two thirds of those married admit to or desire an affair. Might serial monogomy or open relationships be healthier for us all, or is this to abandon the most valuable experience we can have and socially disastrous to boot?

 

Adventures of a London Call Girl author Brooke "Belle de Jour" Magnanti, philosopher and Breakfast With Socrates author Robert Rowland Smith, and provocative sociologist and author of Honey Money Catherine Hakim try to live differently.

Most of us regard a mate for life as a desirable goal. Yet two thirds of those married admit to or desire an affair.
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26th May 4:00pm £7.00

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Event [189]
Monday 26 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Markets, Monopolies, and Freedom

Phillip Blond, Aditya Chakrabortty, Adam Cohen. Poppy Trowbridge hosts.

Venue: International

 

The internet has democratised knowledge and transformed our lives. But from Microsoft to Apple, its monopolies are rampant. Should we break up the corporations and, like China, build firewalls to keep them out? Would this nurture local economies or threaten the prosperity of the West?

 

Guardian economist Aditya Chakrabortty, Google's Head of Competition Policy for Europe Adam Cohen, and ResPublica Director Phillip Blond contemplate digital monopoly.

The internet has democratised knowledge and transformed our lives. But from Microsoft to Apple, its monopolies are rampant.
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26th May 4:00pm £6.00

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Event [190]
Monday 26 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Sex, Science, and Stereotypes

Helena Cronin.

Venue: Ring

 

Can science prove that men and women really did evolve differently? Darwinian philosopher Helena Cronin breaks a 21st century taboo.

 

"Displays a raw talent clearly equal to that of our finest portraitists" Steven J. Gould

Can science prove that men and women really did evolve differently? Darwinian philosopher Helena Cronin breaks a 21st century taboo.
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26th May 4:00pm £6.00

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Event [193]
Monday 26 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £12.00
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Philosophy Session

The Establishment

Owen Jones.

Venue: Ring

 

Following the critically acclaimed Chavs, the Guardian columnist unleashes a powerful attack on the British Establishment.

 

"Superb" Polly Toynbee, Guardian

Following the critically acclaimed Chavs, the Guardian columnist unleashes a powerful attack on the British Establishment.
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26th May 5:00pm £12.00

SOLD OUT

Event [194]
Monday 26 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £9.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Ed Conway.

Venue: LG

 

Join economist Ed Conway to discuss the meeting that changed the world. Price includes tea and cake.

Join economist Ed Conway to discuss the meeting that changed the world. Price includes tea and cake.
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26th May 5:00pm £9.00

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Event [195]
Monday 26 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Machiavelli's Rules

Norman Lamont, Sam Macrory, John McTernan. Owen Bennett-Jones hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

By endorsing trickery and deceit, Machiavelli ensured his name would live on in infamy. Yet even Lincoln and Johnson used skulduggery to secure change. Might lies, bribes and other dirty tricks be necessary for creating meaningful advance? Or should ends never justify the means?

 

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont, Director of Political Operations to Tony Blair John McTernan, and Total Politics editor and political commentator Sam Mcrory dispute trickery.

 

In association with Total Politics.

By endorsing trickery and deceit, Machiavelli ensured his name would live on in infamy. Yet even Lincoln and Johnson used skulduggery to secure change.
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26th May 5:30pm £7.00

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Event [196]
Monday 26 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

The End of Aid

Hilary Benn, Thomas Dichter, Bronwen Maddox, Janne Teller. Roger Bolton hosts.

Venue: International

 

We think aid saves lives. Yet the IMF warns there is no correlation between aid and growth. Might the UK's £11bn maintain the very cycles of poverty it seeks to abolish? Worse still, is it another name for colonialism?  Or would giving up on aid neglect our responsibility to the world's poorest?

Development Secretary to Brown Hilary Benn, world bank economist Thomas Dichter, Prospect editor Bronwen Maddox and Danish novelist Teller envisage a future without aid.

 

In association with Prospect Magazine.

We think aid saves lives. Yet the IMF warns there is no correlation between aid and growth.
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26th May 5:30pm £7.00

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Event [198]
Monday 26 May 2014
6:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Not-Self

Robert Rowland Smith.

Venue: Ring

 

What lies beyond the ego? Philosopher Robert Rowland Smith investigates the limits of the self in the quest for meaning and identity.

 

"Will leave you delightfully satisfied" Wired

What lies beyond the ego? Philosopher Robert Rowland Smith investigates the limits of the self in the quest for meaning and identity.
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26th May 6:00pm £6.00

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Event [200]
Monday 26 May 2014
6:30pm
Venue: LG
Price: £16.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Dinner

Brooke Magnanti.

Venue: LG

 

Continue the conversation with columnist Brooke "Belle de Jour" Magnanti for a sumptuous supper. Would serial monogamy or polyamory be healthier for all, or would this be socially disastrous? Price includes dinner.

Continue the conversation with columnist Brooke "Belle de Jour" Magnanti for a sumptuous supper. Would serial monogamy or polyamory be healthier for all, or would this be socially disastrous? Price...
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26th May 6:30pm £16.00

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Event [202]
Monday 26 May 2014
7:00pm
Price: £20.00
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Live Session

Monday Night Mayhem

A spectacular night of chart-topping stars, bewitching sounds and euphoric dance beats.

 

This ticket give you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening. Get carried away with: The Hoosiers, Electric Swing Circus, London Afrobeat Collective, Abi Wade, Kizzy Crawford, HotDoc: Thinking Differently, stand-up from Brett Goldstein, Jonny Pelham and Harriet Kemsley and Funky Dung DJ!

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

A spectacular night of chart-topping stars, bewitching sounds and euphoric dance beats.
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26th May 7:00pm £20.00
Event [203]
Monday 26 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Lou Sanders

Venue: Ring

 

Star of Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience and Russell Howard’s Good News, Lou Sanders is in another great show again.

 

"From the crazy off-beat surrealism of Lou Sanders, it seems like something new is happening in comedy" Independent

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

Star of Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience and Russell Howard’s Good News, Lou Sanders is in another great show again.
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26th May 7:00pm £7.00
Event [204]
Monday 26 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £8.00
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Live Session

Kizzy Crawford

Venue: Stage

 

Since her debut appearance at last year’s HTLGI, Welsh-Barbadian songstress Kizzy Crawford has turned her talents to Swn, London Jazz Festival and performances for the BBC, and signed to Charlotte Church’s record label. Debut single The Starling made her BBC Radio Wales’s Single & Artist of the Week – and all before her eighteenth birthday.

 

“Kizzy’s got the funk and soul… smooth and sultry” Big Issue

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

Since her debut appearance at last year’s HTLGI, Welsh-Barbadian songstress Kizzy Crawford has turned her talents to Swn, London Jazz Festival and performances for the BBC, and signed to Charlotte...
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26th May 7:30pm £8.00
Event [205]
Monday 26 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £9.00

Live Session

London Afrobeat Collective

Venue: International

 

Music is London Afrobeat Collective’s weapon, and it’s looking formidable. They’ve opened at Glastonbury, and rocked all the finest festivals – Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Shambala – with massive bass rhythms infused with the activist spirit of Fela Kuti. Storming, political, inspiring music to shake the floor and the world.

 

“Perfectly recreating Fela Kuti’s broiling, bass-driven Afrobeat” Critic’s Choice, Time Out

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

Music is London Afrobeat Collective’s weapon, and it’s looking formidable. They’ve opened at Glastonbury, and rocked all the finest festivals – Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Shambala – with massive bass...
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26th May 8:00pm £9.00
Event [206]
Monday 26 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £16.00

Live Session

Electric Swing Circus

Venue: globe Hall

 

A six-piece fusion of ice cool prohibition swing shot through with dubstep, house and drum and bass beats, Electric Swing Circus is an award-winning extravaganza fronted by the sassy Sisters of Swing backed by live drums, fretless bass, gypsy jazz guitar, synths and swinging samples. Get your glad rags on… The circus is coming to town.

 

"Foot stomping live electro swing" Exposed Magazine

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

A six-piece fusion of ice cool prohibition swing shot through with dubstep, house and drum and bass beats, Electric Swing Circus is an award-winning extravaganza fronted by the sassy Sisters...
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26th May 8:30pm £16.00
Event [207]
Monday 26 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Brett Goldstein

Venue: Ring

 

A regular on Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Goldstein has also starred in Nick Helm’s BBC Three comedy Uncle. As a stand-up, Goldstein has proved himself a master storyteller; his debut focused on, incredibly, his 12 months running a strip club on the Costa del Sol and his shows are “daring, gripping, adult comedy that needs to be seen” (Times).

 

“An expert blend of performance, emotion and gags” Sunday Times


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A regular on Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Goldstein has also starred in Nick Helm’s BBC Three comedy Uncle.
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26th May 8:30pm £7.00
Event [208]
Monday 26 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Thinking Differently

Venue: Pavilion

 

This “memorable, moving and thought-provoking” (Sunday Times) documentary investigates Applied Behaviour Analysis, a controversial intensive treatment with origins in electroshock therapy. Will it help autistic children function in the world, or are its critics right to denounce it as cruel?

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

This “memorable, moving and thought-provoking” (Sunday Times) documentary investigates Applied Behaviour Analysis, a controversial intensive treatment with origins in electroshock therapy.
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26th May 9:00pm £5.00
Event [209]
Monday 26 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £9.00
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Live Session

Abi Wade

Venue: Stage

 

If you think you know what a cello is, think again. In Abi Wade’s hands it’s strings, percussion, and multiple layers of sound, with an improvised foot-pedal drumkit built in. Added to rich array of emotive and textured songs, Abi Wade is a one-of-a-kind performance with musicianship and innovation in equal measure.

 

“It sounds like nothing we’ve heard before. And that’s why Abi Wade is so exciting” The Source

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

If you think you know what a cello is, think again. In Abi Wade’s hands it’s strings, percussion, and multiple layers of sound, with an improvised foot-pedal drumkit built in.
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26th May 9:00pm £9.00
Event [210]
Monday 26 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £18.00
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Live Session

The Hoosiers

Venue: globe Hall

 

Having sold over a million records through Sony, and achieved the smash hit singles Goodbye Mr. A, Worried About Ray, Choices and top 10 album The Illusion Of Safety, The Hoosiers are back to show the world that they mean business.

 

"Their latest album The News From Nowhere is definitely a game changer” WhatCulture

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

Having sold over a million records through Sony, and achieved the smash hit singles Goodbye Mr. A, Worried About Ray, Choices and top 10 album The Illusion Of Safety, The...
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26th May 10:00pm £18.00
Event [211]
Monday 26 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Jonny Pelham and Harriet Kemsley

Venue: Ring

 

BBC New Comedy Award Finalist Jonny Pelham and Brighton New Act of The Year Harriet Kemsley team up for an hour of merriment. Pelham was also runner-up in both So You Think You’re Funny and Chortle Student Comedian, whilst Kemsley was one of Rhod Gilbert’s Top 10 Comics To Watch.

 

“Perfectly structured and sublimely self-deprecating...delivered with perfect timing” Chortle

“Her style is refreshingly original and she’s a seriously good writer” Time Out

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

BBC New Comedy Award Finalist Jonny Pelham and Brighton New Act of The Year Harriet Kemsley team up for an hour of merriment.
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26th May 10:00pm £7.00
Event [212]
Monday 26 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £8.00

Night Session

Funky Dung DJ

Venue: LG

 

Hold on tight and prepare yourself for sonic time travel. Tonight the Groove Merchant AKA Funky Dung DJ takes to the wheels of steel, armed with dance floor classics from five decades of disco. Expect a smorgasbord of funk, soul, jazz, disco and pure pop magic to send the dance floor into meltdown. This is real music for real people. Vive le revolution!

 

First Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Monday Night Mayhem Party tickets include access to this event.

Hold on tight and prepare yourself for sonic time travel. Tonight the Groove Merchant AKA Funky Dung DJ takes to the wheels of steel, armed with dance floor classics from...
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26th May 11:00pm £8.00

Tuesday 27th May

Event [218]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

Wearing the Future

Venue: Ring

 

Asha Fereydouni

 

Oxford New Thinkers: From Google Glass to smart watches, the electronics of the future will be worn on our bodies. Asha Fereydouni asks what this will mean for our health.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

Asha Fereydouni
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27th May 10:00am £4.00

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Event [507]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £14.00
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IAI Academy Course

Rethinking Feminism

Finn Mackay.

Venue: Riverside

 

What goals should modern feminists adopt? "World-changing woman" (Guardian) and founder of the London Feminist Network Dr. Finn Mackay outlines a bold new manifesto.

 

Part One: Feminism and Biology

Is sexism rooted in evolution? Mackay argues that sexism is socially rather than biologically rooted.

Part Two: The Question of Violence

Why is violence gendered? Mackay proposes that violence clusters around structural inequalities.

Part Three: Where Next?

What are the contours of the resurgent feminist movement? Mackay analyses the state of play.

 

What goals should modern feminists adopt? "World-changing woman" (Guardian) and founder of the London Feminist Network Dr. Finn Mackay outlines a bold new manifesto.
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27th May 10am - 1pm £14.00

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Event [219]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Simon Glendinning, Ted Honderich, Thomas Pogge, Janne Teller. Vassili Christodoulou hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Family and loved ones come first.  Yet this has little to do with morality and much to do with self-interest. Should we accept that the only truly moral course is to regard distance and personal connection as irrelevant? Or would this result in a callous disregard for those most important to us?

LSE philosopher Simon Glendinning, Yale ethicist Thomas Pogge, Danish novelist Janne Teller, and radical philosopher Ted Honderich debate the limits of kindness.


In association with the Forum for European Philosophy.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.


Family and loved ones come first.  Yet this has little to do with morality and much to do with self-interest.
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27th May 10:30am £7.00

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Event [220]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Memory and the Self

Mark Rowlands.

Venue: Ring

 

Do memories make us who we are? The bestselling author of The Philosopher and the Wolf seeks all our all-seeing 'I'.

 

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Do memories make us who we are? The bestselling author of The Philosopher and the Wolf seeks all our all-seeing 'I'.
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27th May 11:00am £5.00

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Event [221]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Mummy's Little Secret

Doon Mackichan, Meg Rosoff, Mark Rowlands, Mark Salter. Afua Hirsch hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From Father Christmas to the tooth fairy we are charmed by the fantasies we tell our children. Yet we do not condone telling lies to adults. We no longer beat our children; is it time to start telling them the truth as well? Would this create a more honest open culture or tarnish childhood?

 

How I Live Now author Meg Rosoff, Smack the Pony and Brass Eye star Doon Mackichan, bestselling philosopher Mark Rowlands, and psychiatrist and filmmaker Mark Salter weigh up the value of duplicity.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

From Father Christmas to the tooth fairy we are charmed by the fantasies we tell our children. Yet we do not condone telling lies to adults.
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27th May 12:00pm £6.00

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Event [222]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Who's Left?

Simon Glendinning.

Venue: Ring

 

The financial crisis continues and the left has yet to offer meaningful solutions. Simon Glendinning asks if social democracy is past its sell-by date.

 

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The financial crisis continues and the left has yet to offer meaningful solutions. Simon Glendinning asks if social democracy is past its sell-by date.
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27th May 12:00pm £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [224]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Where is My Mind?

Ted Honderich.

Venue: Ring

 

Ted Honderich reveals how our consciousness isn't limited to the inside of our heads.

 

"A courageous swim against the current" Times

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.


Ted Honderich reveals how our consciousness isn't limited to the inside of our heads.
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27th May 1:00pm £7.00

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Event [227]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00
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Philosophy Session

Signals in the World Economy

Pippa Malmgren.

Venue: Ring

 

We think that bankers and economists can predict the future of the world economy. But could ordinary people pick up on the signals in the world economy more accurately than the experts, and if so, what would this mean for the future of finance?

 

International economic advisor to George Bush and a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, Pippa Malmgren is also one of Fortune’s most powerful women in business.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

We think that bankers and economists can predict the future of the world economy. But could ordinary people pick up on the signals in the world economy more accurately than...
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27th May 2:00pm £4.00

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Event [229]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Philosophy Session

The Banality of Evil

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Sally Green, Mark Rowlands. Pavan Dhaliwal hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

In this placatory age, we tend to believe in evil acts, but not evil people. Yet how can we separate a person’s actions from their nature? Could it be that, for whatever reason, some people are simply evil? Would this help us better understand the nature of wrongdoing, or is it simly a way of covering up the evil within ourselves?

Bestselling author of The Philosopher and the Wolf, Mark Rowlands, founder of Kids Company Camila Batmanghelidjh, and Half Bad novelist Sally Green ask whether people can be born evil.

 

In association with the British Humanist Association.

 

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In this placatory age, we tend to believe in evil acts, but not evil people. Yet how can we separate a person’s actions from their nature? Could it be that,...
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27th May 2:30pm £9.00

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Event [508]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £12.00
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IAI Academy Course

Medicine Out of Its Depth

Janet Radcliffe Richards.

Venue: Riverside

 

Are technology's advances leaving traditional medical ethics behind? Oxford Professor of Practical Philosophy Janet Radcliffe Richards explores new ways forward for modern bioethics.

 

Part One: Ethics in Medicine

Are today's doctors philosophically ill-equipped? What does this mean for the fate of their patients?

Part Two: Life and Death

Medical science can no longer answer the question of when someone is dead. How should we deal with it?

Part Three: Bodies and Body Parts

Now our parts are useful to others as well as ourselves, how should we think about our bodies?


Are technology's advances leaving traditional medical ethics behind? Oxford Professor of Practical Philosophy Janet Radcliffe Richards explores new ways forward for modern bioethics.
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27th May 2:30pm - 5:30pm £12.00

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Event [231]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Money, Sex and Justice Tour; How to Change Your Life

John Bird.

Venue: Ring

 

John Bird, the charismatic founder of Big Issue magazine uses achingly funny comedy to tell a serious story about how he went from 'Poverty to Purpose'.

 

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John Bird, the charismatic founder of Big Issue magazine uses achingly funny comedy to tell a serious story about how he went from 'Poverty to Purpose'.
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27th May 3:00pm £5.00

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Event [232]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
3:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £3.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Dear Mandela

Venue: Pavilion

 

Three “young lions” take on forced eviction in Durban, setting up a Mandela-inspired movement that will take their government to court in a hard-hitting portrait of South Africa’s coming of age.

 

"Stirring..evocatively shot, lucidly edited" Variety

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.

Three “young lions” take on forced eviction in Durban, setting up a Mandela-inspired movement that will take their government to court in a hard-hitting portrait of South Africa’s coming of age.
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27th May 3:30pm £3.00

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Event [234]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

New Gods

Scott Atran, Simon Blackburn. Afua Hirsch hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Evidence and reason are supposedly the basis of our beliefs. Yet religions continue to flourish, and new gods conquer even the most rational minds. Could unjustified, groundless belief be an essential part of human nature? Or can we banish faith forever?

 

American anthropologist Scott Atran, and Cambridge philosopher Simon Blackburn examine the foundations of thought.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

Evidence and reason are supposedly the basis of our beliefs. Yet religions continue to flourish, and new gods conquer even the most rational minds.
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27th May 4:00pm £7.00

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Event [235]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Are We All Bipolar Now?

Mark Salter.

Venue: Ring

 

How do we distinguish between sanity and madness? Consultant psychiatry Mark Salter confronts the expanding domain of mental illness.

 

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How do we distinguish between sanity and madness? Consultant psychiatry Mark Salter confronts the expanding domain of mental illness.
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27th May 4:00pm £7.00

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Event [237]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

A Time for Outrage

Doon Mackichan.

Venue: Ring

 

Smack the Pony star Doon Mackichan asks if it’s time to end the epidemic of violence against women on our screens.

 

"Has spent her life causing offence and hilarity" Guardian

 

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Smack the Pony star Doon Mackichan asks if it’s time to end the epidemic of violence against women on our screens.
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27th May 5:00pm £6.00

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Event [238]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £7.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Simon Glendinning, Janne Teller.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join Danish author Janne Teller and philosopher Simon Glendinning for a culinary intellectual feast. Is it moral to regard personal connection as irrelevant to ethical responsibility? Price includes tea and cake.

Join Danish author Janne Teller and philosopher Simon Glendinning for a culinary intellectual feast. Is it moral to regard personal connection as irrelevant to ethical responsibility? Price includes tea and cake.
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27th May 5:00pm £7.00

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Event [239]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Escaping the Moral Maze

John Bird, Thomas Pogge, Steven Rose. Afua Hirsch hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Despite the decline of religion most of us remain attached to morality. Yet as the Moral Maze attests and suicide bombers confirm there are an unlimited number of contradictory 'moral' outlooks. Should we recognise morality as a figleaf for prejudice? Or is this to give up on a capacity that makes us human?

 

Sky News's Afua Hirsch asks eminent biologist Steven Rose, Yale philosopher and Director of the Global Justice Program Thomas Pogge, and founder of the Big Issue John Bird to contemplate the limits of morality.

 

In association with the Big Issue.

 

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Despite the decline of religion most of us remain attached to morality. Yet as the Moral Maze attests and suicide bombers confirm there are an unlimited number of contradictory 'moral' outlooks.
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27th May 5:30pm £5.00

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Event [241]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
6:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

The Devoted Actor

Scott Atran.

Venue: Ring

 

Is human rationality a myth? "Eminent anthropologist" (Guardian) Scott Atran exposes the forces that drive us.

 

"Fascinating, dense, scientific, debatable, illuminating" Times

 

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Is human rationality a myth? "Eminent anthropologist" (Guardian) Scott Atran exposes the forces that drive us.
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27th May 6:00pm £4.00

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Event [242]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
6:30pm
Price: £14.00
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Live Session

Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe

An evening of feel-good comedy and spectacular musical beauty to calm post-weekend souls.

 

This ticket gives you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening. Be entranced by: Ana Silvera, Tom Hickox, Feldspar, Jessie and the Brackish Breeze, John Kearns, Gabby Best, HotDocs: How to Start a Revolution and Breaking the Taboo.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

An evening of feel-good comedy and spectacular musical beauty to calm post-weekend souls.
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27th May 6:30pm £14.00
Event [243]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
6:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Breaking the Taboo

Venue: Pavilion

 

In this remarkable film, a number of past and present statesmen, among them Presidents Clinton and Carter, stand up to declare that the War on Drugs has failed. "Aims to do for global drugs policy what An Inconvenient Truth did to highlight manmade climate change." Guardian

 

"Brilliant ... ground-breaking" Richard Branson

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.

In this remarkable film, a number of past and present statesmen, among them Presidents Clinton and Carter, stand up to declare that the War on Drugs has failed.
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27th May 6:30pm £5.00
Event [244]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
6:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £8.00

Live Session

Jesse and the Brackish Breeze

Venue: Stage

 

Described as 'avant-garde campfire folk' by Alex Valentine, Black Mountain born and Bristol-based hill children Jesse Eve and the Brackish Breeze bring pure, perfect musical poetry. Globetrotting sign artist and poet Jesse and her gang have been part of the HTLGI fabric since it started, and we’re delighted to welcome them back.

 

“Exciting… a remarkable voice” BrandonBored

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.

Described as 'avant-garde campfire folk' by Alex Valentine, Black Mountain born and Bristol-based hill children Jesse Eve and the Brackish Breeze bring pure, perfect musical poetry.
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27th May 6:30pm £8.00
Event [245]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Feldspar

Venue: globe Hall

 

Frontman Will Green’s voice has been compared to Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake, and five-piece Feldspar draw their influences from a similar pool. The result is anything but identifolk, though – critics are united in praising the poetry, drama and atmosphere that sets them apart. Mesmeric instrumentation and harmonies with magical effect.

 

“Astonishing… one of the most interesting folk bands in years” Vulturehound

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.

Frontman Will Green’s voice has been compared to Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake, and five-piece Feldspar draw their influences from a similar pool.
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27th May 7:30pm £9.00
Event [246]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £8.00

Live Session: Comedy

Gabby Best

Venue: Ring

 

Funny Women Winner Gabby Best hasn't slept properly in years. Nor have the various women currently sharing a squalid bedsit in her brain. Come and meet them (and her) as they simmer the midnight oil…  

 

“Inspired performance” Telegraph

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.

Funny Women Winner Gabby Best hasn't slept properly in years. Nor have the various women currently sharing a squalid bedsit in her brain.
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27th May 7:30pm £8.00
Event [247]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

How To Start A Revolution

Venue: Pavilion

 

Discover how the ideas of Professor Gene Sharp have set the world on fire, providing the blueprint for the Arab Spring and revolutions in Indonesia and the Ukraine in this "world-conquering British documentary." Telegraph

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.

Discover how the ideas of Professor Gene Sharp have set the world on fire, providing the blueprint for the Arab Spring and revolutions in Indonesia and the Ukraine in this...
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27th May 8:30pm £5.00
Event [248]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £9.00
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Live Session

Tom Hickox

Venue: Stage

 

His father was a renowned orchestral conductor and his mother a timpanist, so Tom Hickox has music through his DNA. One thing he hasn’t inherited from anyone is his sound, described in the Sunday Times “as if from a different planet, and certainly from a different age.” Lyrical and musical perfectionism from a timeless new artist.

 

“Starkly, boldly individual… It is just mesmerising” Telegraph

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.


His father was a renowned orchestral conductor and his mother a timpanist, so Tom Hickox has music through his DNA.
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27th May 8:30pm £9.00
Event [249]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
9:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £12.00
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Live Session

Ana Silvera

Venue: globe Hall

 

Sensational singer-songwriter Ana Silvera has worked with the ENO, performed at the Roundhouse with Imogen Heap, and collaborated with an Estonian choice on the 'song cycle' Oracles. Her songs are epic and intimate, mythic tales told with tender insight and wry, seductive tones.

 

"A songsmith whose music simply aches beauty" Time Out

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.

Sensational singer-songwriter Ana Silvera has worked with the ENO, performed at the Roundhouse with Imogen Heap, and collaborated with an Estonian choice on the 'song cycle' Oracles.
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27th May 9:30pm £12.00
Event [250]
Tuesday 27 May 2014
9:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

John Kearns

Venue: Ring

 

In 2013, John Kearns took the comedy world by storm, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer and garnering a host of five star reviews for his debut show, ‘Sight Gags for Perverts’. The be-wigged surrealist now returns to HTLGI with his next offering, ‘Good Luck, Mr Gorsky!’

 

"a bold, hilarious debut… he has forged comedy gold" Chortle

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Tuesday Party: R&R at the Globe Party tickets include access to this event.


In 2013, John Kearns took the comedy world by storm, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer and garnering a host of five star reviews for his debut show,...
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27th May 9:30pm £7.00

Wednesday 28th May

Event [256]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00
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Philosophy Session

Reimagining Cyberspace

Janne Teller.

Venue: Ring

 

Is the internet in need of a democratic revolution? Danish novelist Janne Teller envisions an end to online anarchy.

 

"Bold, beautiful, terrifying" Guardian


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Is the internet in need of a democratic revolution? Danish novelist Janne Teller envisions an end to online anarchy.
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28th May 10:00am £4.00

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Event [257]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Vandals at the Gate

Inkie, George Ferguson, Julian Spalding. Peter Curran hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Vandalism is to be deplored. Yet from Banksy to the Chapmans' painting over Goya, artists have incorporated it into their work. Should we celebrate vandalism as a liberation from tradition or is it a teenage pleasure to engage in destruction for its own sake?

 

Architect and elected Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson, provocative critic Julian Spalding, and “British grafitti king” (Rolling Stone) Inkie put vandalism on trial.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

Vandalism is to be deplored. Yet from Banksy to the Chapmans' painting over Goya, artists have incorporated it into their work.
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28th May 10:30am £5.00

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Event [258]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

Tomorrow Stories

Anthony Neilson.

Venue: Ring

 

Humanity is learning to think differently. Anthony Neilson imagines how our stories will change with us.

 

"One of the most reliably controversial writers in British theatre" Guardian

 

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Humanity is learning to think differently. Anthony Neilson imagines how our stories will change with us.
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28th May 11:00am £4.00

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Event [259]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Leonardo's Vision

Stephen Bayley, Siân Ede, Robert Winston, Lewis Wolpert. Vassili Christodoulou hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We see art and science as two cultures with their own unique ways of understanding the world. Yet polymaths from Leonardo Da Vinci to Francis Bacon saw no such distinction. Can scientists learn from works of art, or must the two cultures remain forever sundered?

 

Physician and politician Robert Winston, design critic Stephen Bayley, biologist Lewis Wolpert and author of Art and Science Siân Ede contemplate the ways we understand the world.

 

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We see art and science as two cultures with their own unique ways of understanding the world. Yet polymaths from Leonardo Da Vinci to Francis Bacon saw no such distinction.
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28th May 12:00pm £7.00

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Event [260]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00
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Philosophy Session

Changing the World

George Ferguson.

Venue: Ring

 

Is the climate crisis destined to continue unabated, or can democracy produce radical change? Bristol’s first ever Elected Mayor investigates.

 

George Ferguson meteoric rise to political power follows an eminent career in architecture, including the presidency of the Royal Institute of British Architects. An independent politician with David Cameron’s ear and Boris Johnson’s charisma, Ferguson is rapidly transforming life in the South West’s most influential city.

 

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Is the climate crisis destined to continue unabated, or can democracy produce radical change? Bristol’s first ever Elected Mayor investigates.
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28th May 12:00pm £4.00

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Event [265]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Beauty is Truth

Jon Butterworth, Sophie Fiennes, Anthony Neilson. Sean Curran hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

In the postmodern age, artists have attacked beauty and philosophers, truth. But might there here be a reason for taking Keats' romantic claim 'beauty is truth' more seriously? Could scientists and artists alike find in beauty the only means to choose between competing models and perspectives? Or is the world more than an aesthetic plaything?

 

CERN Physicist and Guardian columnist Jon Butterworth, taboo-breaking playwright Anthony Neilson and Perverts Guide filmmaker Sophie Fiennes debates the value of beauty.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

In the postmodern age, artists have attacked beauty and philosophers, truth. But might there here be a reason for taking Keats' romantic claim 'beauty is truth' more seriously? Could scientists...
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28th May 2:00pm £6.00

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Event [266]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

On Ugliness

Stephen Bayley.

Venue: Ring

 

Critic, curator and alleged second most intelligent man in Britain, Stephen Bayley reveals why ugliness is superior to beauty.

 

"Stephen Bayley can charm your pants off - he charmed mine off, then returned them dry-cleaned and pressed" Will Self

 

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Critic, curator and alleged second most intelligent man in Britain, Stephen Bayley reveals why ugliness is superior to beauty.
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28th May 2:00pm £5.00

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Event [269]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Age of Nothing

Peter Watson.

Venue: Ring

 

Could the world's continuing financial collapse have its roots in the "death of God"? Intellectual historian Peter Watson examines the world-changing consequences of the end of faith.

 

"Formidable" Times

 

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Could the world's continuing financial collapse have its roots in the "death of God"? Intellectual historian Peter Watson examines the world-changing consequences of the end of faith.
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28th May 3:00pm £5.00

SOLD OUT

Event [270]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
3:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £4.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Drilling for Art

Venue: Pavilion

 

Is a cultural history something money can buy? Dubai’s ruling family thinks so, and this documentary of commodified art in the desert takes in the players and oddities behind Dubai’s cultural scene.

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.

Is a cultural history something money can buy? Dubai’s ruling family thinks so, and this documentary of commodified art in the desert takes in the players and oddities behind Dubai’s...
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28th May 3:30pm £4.00

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Event [272]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Irony, Truth, and Reality

Sophie Fiennes, Colin MacCabe, Peter Watson. Marcel Theroux hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From Angela Carter’s postmodern fairytales to Jeff Koons’s outrageous pop art, irony can enliven, liberate and scandalise in equal measure. But might it also enable us to say things that we could not say otherwise? Is the American philosopher Richard Rorty right to consider irony a powerful new way of understanding the world, or is this a philosophical dead end?

 

Writer and filmmaker Colin MacCabe, historian of ideas and author of From Fire to Freud Peter Watson and director of The Perverts Guide to Cinema Sophie Fiennes confront the limits of sincerity.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

From Angela Carter’s postmodern fairytales to Jeff Koons’s outrageous pop art, irony can enliven, liberate and scandalise in equal measure.
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28th May 4:00pm £5.00

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Event [273]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Missing One

Lucy Atkins, Suzy Greaves, Orlando Murrin.

Venue: Ring

 

Loss is seen as damaging but should we see grief as a new beginning? Join Psychologies editor Suzy Greaves, writer Orlando Murrin and award-winning journalist Lucy Atkins as they discuss her thought provoking novel at the Psychologies Book Club launch.

 

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Loss is seen as damaging but should we see grief as a new beginning? Join Psychologies editor Suzy Greaves, writer Orlando Murrin and award-winning journalist Lucy Atkins as they discuss...
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28th May 4:00pm £5.00

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Event [276]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £8.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Inkie.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Named one of the Top 100 most influential creative people in the UK, Bristol and London street artist Inkie asks whether we vandalism could be a form of liberation. Price includes tea and cake.

Named one of the Top 100 most influential creative people in the UK, Bristol and London street artist Inkie asks whether we vandalism could be a form of liberation.
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28th May 5:00pm £8.00

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Event [277]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

The Great God Pan

Hilary Lawson, Anthony Neilson, Imogen Stubbs. Sean Curran hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

For Hamlet, the purpose of art is to hold the mirror up to nature. Yet a mirror, however fine, is never as impressive as the thing itself. Is the wonder of the natural world always richer than the power of the imagination? Or does creativity have a greater magic to offer?

 

Award winning actress and playwright Imogen Stubbs, post-realist philosopher Hilary Lawson and acclaimed playwright Anthony Neilson to investigate the splendour of nature.

 

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For Hamlet, the purpose of art is to hold the mirror up to nature. Yet a mirror, however fine, is never as impressive as the thing itself.
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28th May 5:30pm £5.00

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Event [281]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
7:00pm
Price: £16.00
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Live Session

Wicked Wednesday Party

Spectacular acts to push all buttons, from enchanting folk to barnstorming dancefloor sparkle and comedy masterwork.

 

This ticket gives you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening. Go on a journey with: By the Rivers, The Gabby Young Trio, Golden Boys, Jack Cheshire, Ben Target, Alex Kealy, HotDocs: Oasis Earth and Today's Russia: A Literary Landscape with Stephen Fry as well as a late-night performance by Sixteen Tambourines.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

Spectacular acts to push all buttons, from enchanting folk to barnstorming dancefloor sparkle and comedy masterwork.
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28th May 7:00pm £16.00
Event [282]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Oasis Earth

Venue: Pavilion

 

Adventures in space, captured in glorious HD, following three astronauts and describing the strange day-to-day realities of working life in weightlessness and looking back down at the Earth.

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.

Adventures in space, captured in glorious HD, following three astronauts and describing the strange day-to-day realities of working life in weightlessness and looking back down at the Earth.
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28th May 7:00pm £5.00
Event [283]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Jack Cheshire

Venue: Stage

 

His gorgeous dreamlike psychedelic folk has won Jack Cheshire a passionate critical fanbase, with rave reviews from the Sunday Times, Telegraph and across the folk community. He is not averse to experimentation, with latest album Long Mind Hotel recorded with a jazz band; his solo performances are magical, disorienting stuff.

 

“Exquisite melancholy songwriting… dreamlike and beautiful” Sunday Telegraph

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.


His gorgeous dreamlike psychedelic folk has won Jack Cheshire a passionate critical fanbase, with rave reviews from the Sunday Times, Telegraph and across the folk community.
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28th May 7:30pm £9.00
Event [284]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Golden Boys

Venue: globe Hall

 

House-meets-disco-meets-lounge, in lamé mode. This eight-piece aren’t afraid of a bit of the sparkly stuff, whether in the form of jackets or an unashamedly slick live act, and their array of instrumentation makes for the smoothest of grooves. They’ve got the tunes and lorryloads of charm, and it’s time to party. 

 

"Totally brilliant. You MUST track them down" Dawn O'Porter

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.


House-meets-disco-meets-lounge, in lamé mode. This eight-piece aren’t afraid of a bit of the sparkly stuff, whether in the form of jackets or an unashamedly slick live act, and their array...
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28th May 8:00pm £9.00
Event [285]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00
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Live Session: Comedy

Ben Target

Venue: Ring

 

Meet the new face of slapstick comedy. Target's deeply original maverick approach to physical comedy has seen him nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, as well as star alongside Bridget Christie and Josie Long in Channel 4 online’s Alternative Comedy Memorial Society.

 

"Staggeringly inventive and sometimes unnerving, this highly physical performer is a true original and a legend in the making” Guardian

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.


Meet the new face of slapstick comedy. Target's deeply original maverick approach to physical comedy has seen him nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, as well as...
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28th May 8:00pm £7.00
Event [286]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Today's Russia: A Literary Landscape with Stephen Fry

Venue: Pavilion

 

A cinematic journey through Russia’s contemporary literary landscape, with contributions from Stephen Fry and leading literary figures tracking influence and power in a new epoch of Russian writing.

 

Introduced by director Paul Mitchell and Sarah Wallis. Ticket price includes wine.

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.

A cinematic journey through Russia’s contemporary literary landscape, with contributions from Stephen Fry and leading literary figures tracking influence and power in a new epoch of Russian writing.
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28th May 9:00pm £5.00
Event [287]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £10.00

Live Session

The Gabby Young Trio

Venue: Stage

 

Glastonbury and Shambala gypsy-jazz-folk favourite Gabby Young's circus swing style has been impressing audiences and critics alike since Jeff Buckley led her astray from her classical training. Artrocker recently feature a double-page spread on how to dress like her; the Guardian describes her as "wildly flamboyant" and she's been headlining the likes of KOKO and the Southbank Centre See her and believe.

 

"A strong seductive voice to suggest a busking Kate Bush" MOJO

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.

Glastonbury and Shambala gypsy-jazz-folk favourite Gabby Young's circus swing style has been impressing audiences and critics alike since Jeff Buckley led her astray from her classical training.
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28th May 9:00pm £10.00
Event [288]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £12.00

Live Session

By the Rivers

Venue: globe Hall

 

Last year they comprehensively wowed the festival scene (including HTLGI, obviously) in the UK and abroad, with their barnstorming sets of upbeat and entirely original British reggae, and everyone seems to agree that By The Rivers are destined for great things. Blazing brass, brilliant songwriting and catchy summer hooks aplenty.

 

 “Future stars of the Pyramid Stage” BBC Glastonbury

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.


Last year they comprehensively wowed the festival scene (including HTLGI, obviously) in the UK and abroad, with their barnstorming sets of upbeat and entirely original British reggae, and everyone seems...
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28th May 10:00pm £12.00
Event [289]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Live Session: Comedy

Alex Kealy

Venue: Ring

 

So You Think You’re Funny Finalist Alex Kealy is a gangly, self-hating comedian trapped inside the body of a gangly, self-hating comedian. Other accolades include Grade 2 Pianoforte (pass).

 

“Hugely funny…when the audience isn’t laughing they’re still hanging on his every word” Broadway Baby

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.

So You Think You’re Funny Finalist Alex Kealy is a gangly, self-hating comedian trapped inside the body of a gangly, self-hating comedian. Other accolades include Grade 2 Pianoforte (pass).
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28th May 10:00pm £5.00
Event [290]
Wednesday 28 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £9.00

Night Session

Sixteen Tambourines

Venue: LG

 

Blending the best of Britpop, indie and sixties rock and roll into a delicious smorgasbord of exceptionally danceable pop, Sixteen Tambourines are the go-to partystarters of the moment, spinning everything from the Beatles to Belle and Sebastian, the Smiths to the Stone Roses.

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Wicked Wednesday Party tickets include access to this event.

Blending the best of Britpop, indie and sixties rock and roll into a delicious smorgasbord of exceptionally danceable pop, Sixteen Tambourines are the go-to partystarters of the moment, spinning everything...
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28th May 11:00pm £9.00

Thursday 29th May

Event [295]
Thursday 29 May 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £3.00

Philosophy Session

Listen to My Heart

Venue: Ring

 

Tabasum Wolayat

 

Oxford New Thinkers: Can songs and music help women fight for their liberty in some of the world's most oppressive societies? Tabasum Wolayat listens in.

 

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Tabasum Wolayat
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29th May 10:00am £3.00

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Event [511]
Thursday 29 May 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £12.00

IAI Academy Course

Minds, Morality, and Agency

Mark Rowlands.

Venue: Riverside

 

Do we radically misclassify animals? Miami based professor of Philosophy Mark Rowlands challenges the boundaries between humankind and animals as minds and moral agents alike.


Part One: The Minds of Others

From emotion to beliefs, how do we delve into the minds of animals? Do they explore ours?

Part Two: Rights for Life

What rights should animals have? Should their interests not be overridden by human concerns?

Part Three: Can Animals Be Moral?

Do animals act with compassion? If animals are moral, what would it mean for humanity?

 

Do we radically misclassify animals? Miami based professor of Philosophy Mark Rowlands challenges the boundaries between humankind and animals as minds and moral agents alike.
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29th May 10am - 1pm £12.00

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Event [296]
Thursday 29 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £4.00
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Philosophy Session

Morality, Cruelty, and Freedom - In Loco Animalis

Sarah Chan, John Sauven, Marcel Theroux. Sean Curran hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We denounce captivity as cruelty and want animals to run free. But the wild animal kingdom has its own special level of viciousness. If we wish to contain cruelty should we not also be protecting wild animals from their predators? Should we become nature's caretaker or is cruelty strictly limited to humans?

 

Award-winning novelist and screenwriter Marcel Theroux, director of Greenpeace UK John Sauven and outspoken bioethicist Sarah Chan confront humanity's responsibility.

 

In association with Arc Magazine.

 

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We denounce captivity as cruelty and want animals to run free. But the wild animal kingdom has its own special level of viciousness.
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29th May 10:30am £4.00

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Event [297]
Thursday 29 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Ethics, Darwin, and Dante

Janet Radcliffe Richards.

Venue: Ring

 

Oxford philosopher Janet Radcliffe Richards uncovers how fundamental beliefs about the nature of the world affect our moral thinking.

 

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Oxford philosopher Janet Radcliffe Richards uncovers how fundamental beliefs about the nature of the world affect our moral thinking.
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29th May 11:00am £6.00

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Event [298]
Thursday 29 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

The World After Tomorrow

Cory Doctorow, Steve Fuller, Kate Russell. Vassili Christodoulou hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

William Gibson famously claimed that “the future’s here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” Yet in cyberspace, where geographical boundaries collapse, India, China and Brazil can compete on an equal footing with the West. Can technology become a force for global equality, or is the future destined to remain unfair?

 

Editor of the world’s most widely read blog Cory Doctorow, outspoken philosopher of science Steve Fuller, and BBC broadcaster and host of Click Kate Russell envisage a new global order.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

William Gibson famously claimed that “the future’s here. It just isn’t evenly distributed.” Yet in cyberspace, where geographical boundaries collapse, India, China and Brazil can compete on an equal footing...
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29th May 12:00pm £5.00

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Event [299]
Thursday 29 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Myths About Feminism

Finn Mackay.

Venue: Ring

 

London Feminist Network founder Finn Mackay reveals why real feminism isn't about women ruling the world.

 

"A world changing woman" Guardian

 

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London Feminist Network founder Finn Mackay reveals why real feminism isn't about women ruling the world.
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29th May 12:00pm £6.00

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Event [301]
Thursday 29 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00
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Philosophy Session

Sex, Violence, and the Police

Sarah Walker.

Venue: Ring

 

Are police prejudices about sex workers leading to violence? Sarah Walker of the English Collective of Prostitutes examines the policing of the sex trade.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

Are police prejudices about sex workers leading to violence? Sarah Walker of the English Collective of Prostitutes examines the policing of the sex trade.
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29th May 1:00pm £4.00

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Event [304]
Thursday 29 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00
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Philosophy Session

Political Power and the End of an Ethernet Cable

Cory Doctorow.

Venue: Ring

 

Editor of the world's most read blog Cory Doctorow on how networks can make us free.

 

"The William Gibson of his generation" Entertainment Weekly

 

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Editor of the world's most read blog Cory Doctorow on how networks can make us free.
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29th May 2:00pm £4.00

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Event [306]
Thursday 29 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Noble Ancestors and Modern Selves

Sarah Chan, Daniel Everett, Bruce Parry, Janet Radcliffe Richards. Sean Curran hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Thomas Hobbes believed life before civilisation was nasty, brutish and short. From diets to lifestyles, some anthropologists think otherwise. Did hunter gatherers have a better grasp on life? Should we look toward today's tribal societies to see how to live, or is this a romantic delusion?

 

BBC documentary maker Bruce Parry, anthropologist Daniel Everett and bioethicist Sarah Chan contemplate humanity's past and present with Oxford philosopher Janet Radcliffe-Richards.

 

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Thomas Hobbes believed life before civilisation was nasty, brutish and short. From diets to lifestyles, some anthropologists think otherwise.
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29th May 2:30pm £7.00

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Event [512]
Thursday 29 May 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £30.00
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IAI Academy Course

Physics: What We Still Don't Know

David Tong.

Venue: Riverside

 

What's left to discover at the deepest levels of reality? Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge David Tong gives his personal take on what we still don't know.

 

Part One: Into the Atom

What has the discovery of the Higgs boson revealed about the ultimate nature of the world?

Part Two: Cosmic Mystery

From dark matter to the cosmological constant, what's missing from our model of the universe?

Part Three: Back to the Beginning

How did it all begin? From the LHC to gravitational waves, Tong explores evidence from the big bang.


What's left to discover at the deepest levels of reality? Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge David Tong gives his personal take on what we still don't know.
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29th May 2:30pm - 5:30pm £30.00

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Event [308]
Thursday 29 May 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

A Web of Evil?

Kate Russell.

Venue: Ring

 

Is security lost to cyberspace? BBC technology presenter Kate Russell puts the internet on trial.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

Is security lost to cyberspace? BBC technology presenter Kate Russell puts the internet on trial.
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29th May 3:00pm £4.00

SOLD OUT

Event [309]
Thursday 29 May 2014
3:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £4.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Sacred Weeds - Blue Lotus

Venue: Pavilion

 

In this remarkable film volunteers take part in a real time experiment which demonstrated for the first time that the ancient Egyptians had access to an Ecstasy like drug and covered their temples with its images. Potentially transforming our ideas about the Ancient Egyptian culture and its beliefs.

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.

In this remarkable film volunteers take part in a real time experiment which demonstrated for the first time that the ancient Egyptians had access to an Ecstasy like drug and...
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29th May 3:30pm £4.00

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Event [311]
Thursday 29 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Trading Bodies

Katie Glass, Finn Mackay, Sarah Walker. Laurie Taylor hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

It may be the oldest profession, but in contemporary Europe we think prostitution is bad for women and bad for society. Yet the authorities in Nevada and Amsterdam claim to have empowered women and weakened organised crime by legalising it. Is it a sign of freedom to trade our bodies, or a sign of despair?

 

Sarah Walker of the English Collective of Prostitutes, debates the status of sex work with founder of the London Feminist Network Finn Mackay and Sunday Times journalist Katie Glass.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

It may be the oldest profession, but in contemporary Europe we think prostitution is bad for women and bad for society.
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29th May 4:00pm £6.00

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Event [312]
Thursday 29 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

Why Genes Are Not Selfish and People Are Nice

Colin Tudge.

Venue: Ring

 

Is relentless selfishness really the driver of the natural world? Biologist Colin Tudge flips our assumptions upside down.

 

"A prophet for our time" Rupert Sheldrake

 

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Is relentless selfishness really the driver of the natural world? Biologist Colin Tudge flips our assumptions upside down.
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29th May 4:00pm £8.00

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Event [314]
Thursday 29 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Paradox Lost

Peter Cameron.

Venue: Ring

 

Must knowledge be incomplete? Award winning mathematician Peter Cameron breaks through Gödel's glass ceiling.

 

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Must knowledge be incomplete? Award winning mathematician Peter Cameron breaks through Gödel's glass ceiling.
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29th May 5:00pm £5.00

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Event [315]
Thursday 29 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £8.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Sarah Walker.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join advocate, broadcaster and spokesperson of the English Collective of Prostitutes, Sarah Walker, as she asks: is the legalisation of prostitution a sign of freedom or despair? Price includes tea and cake.

Join advocate, broadcaster and spokesperson of the English Collective of Prostitutes, Sarah Walker, as she asks: is the legalisation of prostitution a sign of freedom or despair? Price includes tea...
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29th May 5:00pm £8.00

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Event [316]
Thursday 29 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Wild Dreams

Cory Doctorow, Imogen Stubbs, Colin Tudge. Marcel Theroux hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Modern technology has provided for many a life of comfort and entertainment that previous generations could not have imagined. Yet it also takes us away from being in the world. Should we give up our laptops and screens and spend more time in the wild? A romantic illusion or the key to a happier, healthier life?

 

Author and broadcaster Colin Tudge and novelist Cory Doctorow reimagine our relationship to the natural world with actress and playwright Imogen Stubbs.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

Modern technology has provided for many a life of comfort and entertainment that previous generations could not have imagined. Yet it also takes us away from being in the world.
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29th May 5:30pm £6.00

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Event [318]
Thursday 29 May 2014
6:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Dark Matter of the Mind

Daniel Everett.

Venue: Ring

 

Scientists and philosophers alike argue that human nature is determined. Anthropologist Daniel Everett questions our prejudices.

 

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Scientists and philosophers alike argue that human nature is determined. Anthropologist Daniel Everett questions our prejudices.
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29th May 6:00pm £5.00

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Event [320]
Thursday 29 May 2014
7:00pm
Price: £16.00
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Live Session

Thursday Extravaganza

Delectable Balkan beats, sensational comedy sketches, soulful songs, and foot-stomping party folk: what more do you want?

 

This ticket gives you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening. Prepare to be stunned by: The Roving Crows, Meadowlark, Tantz, Matthew and Me, Sheeps, Liam Williams, HotDocs: Eclipse Chasers and Project Wild Thing along with some block-rocking beats from Bristol's Thrilogy.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

Delectable Balkan beats, sensational comedy sketches, soulful songs, and foot-stomping party folk: what more do you want?
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29th May 7:00pm £16.00
Event [321]
Thursday 29 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Project Wild Thing

Venue: Pavilion

 

Following this afternoon's debate Wild Dreams, this documentary takes a revealing look at a complex issue: the disparate connection between children and nature. If you want nature, wildness and free-range living for kids and adults to exist alongside an increasingly industrialised and technological society then don't miss this chance to see how you can help make it happen. See you on the outside.

 

"This film will change your life" Guardian

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.

Following this afternoon's debate Wild Dreams, this documentary takes a revealing look at a complex issue: the disparate connection between children and nature.
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29th May 7:00pm £5.00
Event [322]
Thursday 29 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £8.00
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Live Session

Matthew and Me

Venue: Stage

 

Their haunting, dreamy folk-pop has taken Matthew and Me to all manner of suitably atmospheric gig locations: boats, chapels, underground caves. With ethereal vocals and massive choruses, this five-piece is set to go places, pushing similar buttons to Belle and Sebastian or Bon Iver. They record live, so it’s no surprise that their live sound is perfect.

 

"The Indie / Folk market has new contenders” Clash

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.


Their haunting, dreamy folk-pop has taken Matthew and Me to all manner of suitably atmospheric gig locations: boats, chapels, underground caves.
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29th May 7:30pm £8.00
Event [323]
Thursday 29 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Tantz

Venue: globe Hall

 

Their name means “dance” in Yiddish, and you can take that as an order. This high-octane Klezmer-Balkan-dub crew have just completed their first UK tour, with a performance at the Brits afterparty under their belt, and their insane energy has made for sellout gigs across the country. Serious dancing shoes required.

 

“Brilliant to see live… prepare to dance till it nearly does you in” BBC

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.

Their name means “dance” in Yiddish, and you can take that as an order. This high-octane Klezmer-Balkan-dub crew have just completed their first UK tour, with a performance at the...
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29th May 8:00pm £9.00
Event [324]
Thursday 29 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Live Session: Comedy

Sheeps

Venue: Ring

 

Footlights graduate trio Sheeps emerged at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe and consist of a prize-winning playwright, a So You Think You’re Funny runner-up and a “tall guy” (Guardian). They have won over critics and audiences alike with their surreal sketch comedy, whether it’s musical theatre with a postmodern twist or Radio 4-friendly set pieces.

 

“Something quite different and very exciting indeed” Independent

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.


Footlights graduate trio Sheeps emerged at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe and consist of a prize-winning playwright, a So You Think You’re Funny runner-up and a “tall guy” (Guardian).
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29th May 8:00pm £6.00
Event [325]
Thursday 29 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Eclipse Chasers

Venue: Pavilion

 

A solar eclipse is an amazing phenomenon enabling us to better understand the sun and its impact on the Earth. This breathtaking, innovative film captures a total solar eclipse as never before, employing high-end graphics, HD footage, and – for the first time – recording the eclipse through an advanced solar telescope that capture images of the sun at the wavelength Hydrogen Alpha.

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.

A solar eclipse is an amazing phenomenon enabling us to better understand the sun and its impact on the Earth.
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29th May 9:00pm £5.00
Event [326]
Thursday 29 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £8.00

Live Session

Meadowlark

Venue: Stage

 

They’ve been around for less than a year, but their vast instrumental landscapes and singer Kate’s lark-sweet voice have acquired Meadowlark plenty of attention already. An early demo, Family Tree, got thirty thousand listens in a week, and they’ve toured with Bastille. More great things await - catch them now!

 

“Stirring and beautiful…it’s going to be one hell of a year for the band” Glasswerk

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.


They’ve been around for less than a year, but their vast instrumental landscapes and singer Kate’s lark-sweet voice have acquired Meadowlark plenty of attention already.
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29th May 9:00pm £8.00
Event [327]
Thursday 29 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £12.00
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Live Session

The Roving Crows

Venue: globe Hall

 

This Anglo-Irish folk band is gaining more attention than ever for their exceptional songwriting and energy. With a live performance fired up with Celtic drama, and informed by traditional Irish music, a range of instrumentation, and even thrash metal, they’ve won over fans from last year’s HTLGI to across the BBC – and they’re back for more.

 

"Fiddles and guitar brightened with Mariachi-tinged trumpet" Financial Times

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.


This Anglo-Irish folk band is gaining more attention than ever for their exceptional songwriting and energy.
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29th May 10:00pm £12.00
Event [328]
Thursday 29 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00
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Live Session: Comedy

Liam Williams

Venue: Ring

 

With a wonderfully erudite show, Liam Williams, of innovative sketch trio Sheeps, has seen his stand-up act named “the most exciting act from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe” (Guardian). Mixing mischievous subversions of artistic tropes with dark observations on life’s mediocrities, Williams flaunts a superb “mastery of language and economy of wit” (Scotsman).

 

"A beautifully crafted, downbeat narrative" Metro

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.

With a wonderfully erudite show, Liam Williams, of innovative sketch trio Sheeps, has seen his stand-up act named “the most exciting act from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe” (Guardian).
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29th May 10:00pm £6.00
Event [329]
Thursday 29 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £9.00

Night Session

Thrilogy

Venue: LG

 

Unafraid of sheer romanticism - and a good measure of disco - Thrilogy has been carving out an awesome glitterballed niche for himself on the Bristol club scene.

 

Midweek Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Thursday Extravaganza Party tickets include access to this event.

Unafraid of sheer romanticism - and a good measure of disco - Thrilogy has been carving out an awesome glitterballed niche for himself on the Bristol club scene.
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29th May 11:00pm £9.00

Friday 30th May

Event [335]
Friday 30 May 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

Don't Be Afraid of the Future

Sarah Chan.

Venue: Ring

 

From synthetic babies to brain enhancement, bioethicists fear none of the public's favourite heresies. Sarah Chan reveals why.

 

Full Midweek Pass holders have access to this event.

From synthetic babies to brain enhancement, bioethicists fear none of the public's favourite heresies. Sarah Chan reveals why.
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30th May 10:00am £4.00

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Event [513]
Friday 30 May 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £12.00
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IAI Academy Course

The Infinite Quest

Peter Cameron.

Venue: Riverside

 

From Zeno to Gödel, philosophers and mathematicians have grappled with the infinite. Prize-winning mathematician Peter Cameron proposes that infinity itself may be an illusion.

 

Part One: From the Greeks to the Geeks

Not just a mathematical curiosity, the history of infinity is rife with madness, power and paradox.

Part Two: Is the Universe Infinite?

Could the universe not contain any real infinities? Cameron challenges leading cosmologists.

Part Three: Cantor's Paradise

Did Georg Cantor solve the puzzle of infinity with set theory, and if not, can we do so at all?

 

Welcome drinks, breaks for tea and coffee between classes, and an optional multiple choice assessment are included in the course price.

 

This course has changed from Event [513] as shown in the print programme.

From Zeno to Gödel, philosophers and mathematicians have grappled with the infinite. Prize-winning mathematician Peter Cameron proposes that infinity itself may be an illusion.
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30th May 10am - 1pm £12.00

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Event [336]
Friday 30 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Masters of the World

Peter Atkins, Carlos Frenk, Tara Shears. Sue Nelson hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

For Euclid and Pythagoras, mathematics was the secret language of reality. Yet Godel demonstrated that mathematics ends not in mastery of the world but in the quagmire of paradox. Might mathematics be a metaphor for the world? If so, does this open limitless possibilities for science or is it a crisis in the making?

 

Eminent Oxford chemist and author Peter Atkins, CERN particle physicist Tara Shears and award-winning cosmologist Carlos Frenk contemplate the power of mathematics.

 

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For Euclid and Pythagoras, mathematics was the secret language of reality. Yet Godel demonstrated that mathematics ends not in mastery of the world but in the quagmire of paradox.
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30th May 10:30am £5.00

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Event [337]
Friday 30 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

The End of Experiment

George F. R. Ellis.

Venue: Ring

 

Leading cosmologist George Ellis fears some of science has come to the end of experiment.

 

"One of those people who has to think of everything" Guardian

 

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Leading cosmologist George Ellis fears some of science has come to the end of experiment.
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30th May 11:00am £6.00

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Event [338]
Friday 30 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

After Evolution

Oliver Scott Curry, Daniel Everett, Janet Radcliffe Richards. Julian Baggini hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Everything from criminality to love of gossip is in our genes according to some biologists. Yet behaviour varies dramatically between cultures. Does this cultural variation mean that the theory of evolution is flawed? Can it be rescued with a new theory or is culture beyond genetics?

 

Julian Baggini explores the limits of evolution with philosopher Janet Radcliffe Richards, anthropologist Daniel Everett and Oxford evolutionary psychologist Oliver Scott Curry.

 

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Everything from criminality to love of gossip is in our genes according to some biologists. Yet behaviour varies dramatically between cultures.
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30th May 12:00pm £7.00

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Event [339]
Friday 30 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

Breaching the Citadel

Sue Nelson.

Venue: Ring

 

How to breach the all male science club? Award winning science correspondent, Sue Nelson sounds a rally cry.

 

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How to breach the all male science club? Award winning science correspondent, Sue Nelson sounds a rally cry.
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30th May 12:00pm £4.00

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Event [341]
Friday 30 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Humans Are Not Homo Sapiens

Steve Fuller.

Venue: Ring

 

Should we grant animals and machines human citizenship? Iconoclastic philosopher Steve Fuller removes biology from the equation.

 

"So much iconoclastic energy courses through the veins of Steve Fuller" AC Grayling

 

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Should we grant animals and machines human citizenship? Iconoclastic philosopher Steve Fuller removes biology from the equation.
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30th May 1:00pm £5.00

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Event [344]
Friday 30 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Death of Music

Caspar Melville.

Venue: Ring

 

Can iTunes and Spotify really save the record industry? Sociologist of music Caspar Melville thinks it's time to pull the plug on digital.

 

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Can iTunes and Spotify really save the record industry? Sociologist of music Caspar Melville thinks it's time to pull the plug on digital.
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30th May 2:00pm £5.00

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Event [346]
Friday 30 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

The Strangeness of Force

Peter Cameron, Eleanor Knox, Hilary Lawson. David Malone hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

The laws of science were founded on the idea of force. But Newton's critics argued it was a mystical idea and the Standard model has replaced forces with 'interactions'. Does an account of force elude us because it doesn't exist or are forces essential if we are to explain why anything happens?

 

Philosopher of physics Eleanor Knox, award-winning mathematician Peter Cameron and post-postmodern metaphysician Hilary Lawson untangle cause and effect.

 

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The laws of science were founded on the idea of force. But Newton's critics argued it was a mystical idea and the Standard model has replaced forces with 'interactions'.
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30th May 2:30pm £5.00

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Event [514]
Friday 30 May 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £24.00
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IAI Academy Course

The Meaning of Life

Steve Fuller.

Venue: Riverside

 

Does it make sense to ask for a meaning to life, and if so what might it be? Philosopher and  Auguste Comte Professor at Warwick,  Steve Fuller approaches the ultimate Why?

 

Part One: More than a Zero Sum Game

Some philosophers have endorsed suicide - but does the 'good life' tip the balance against despair?

Part Two: Being and Knowing

What can the experience of living teach us  about ourselves and the nature of the world?

Part Three: Beyond Life

What does life signify beyond itself? Can our impact on others give our lives value above experience?

 

Welcome drinks, breaks for tea and coffee between classes, and an optional multiple choice assessment are included in the course price.

Does it make sense to ask for a meaning to life, and if so what might it be? Philosopher and  Auguste Comte Professor at Warwick,  Steve Fuller approaches the ultimate...
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30th May 2:30pm - 5:30pm £24.00

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Event [348]
Friday 30 May 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

After Satire

Jasper Fforde.

Venue: Ring

 

Ideas that might once have been satired are being turned into television. Novelist Jasper Fforde exposes the malaise of the media age.

 

"Comic genius" Guardian

 

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Ideas that might once have been satired are being turned into television. Novelist Jasper Fforde exposes the malaise of the media age.
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30th May 3:00pm £7.00

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Event [349]
Friday 30 May 2014
3:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £4.00

Live Session: HotDocs

The Believers: Cold Fusion

Venue: Pavilion

 

In 1989, two chemists claimed to have solved the global energy crisis with their mysterious cold fusion technique. It became a byword for quack science – but what if it could still save the world?

 

Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary Film of the Festival – Chicago International Film Festival

A compelling science documentary – Scientific American

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

In 1989, two chemists claimed to have solved the global energy crisis with their mysterious cold fusion technique.
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30th May 3:30pm £4.00

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Event [350]
Friday 30 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

The End of Theory

Kenneth Cukier, John Horgan, Angela Saini. Laurie Taylor hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Big data is the phrase on everyone's lips. But in an age when we can collect information in unimaginable quantities will we replace simplifying theories with complex real patterns? Might big data be the end of theory? Can we give up on 'why' questions in favour of 'what' answers, or will we always need the big picture?

 

The Economist's Kenneth Cukier and American author of The End of Science John Horgan put the big data revolution on trial with journalist Angela Saini.

 

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Big data is the phrase on everyone's lips. But in an age when we can collect information in unimaginable quantities will we replace simplifying theories with complex real patterns? Might...
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30th May 4:00pm £5.00

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Event [353]
Friday 30 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Spacetime and the Structure of Reality

Carlo Rovelli.

Venue: Ring

 

Founder of loop quantum gravity Carlo Rovelli heads behind the curtain of spacetime to reveal still deeper and more mysterious structures of reality.

 

"A deeply original thinker" Lee Smolin

 

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Founder of loop quantum gravity Carlo Rovelli heads behind the curtain of spacetime to reveal still deeper and more mysterious structures of reality.
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30th May 5:00pm £5.00

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Event [354]
Friday 30 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £8.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Angela Saini.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Award-winning science reporter, broadcaster and author Angela Saini - whose bestselling Geek Nation was an Independent book of the year - leads the conversation. Can we give up on 'what' questions in favour of 'why' answers? Price includes tea and cake.

Award-winning science reporter, broadcaster and author Angela Saini - whose bestselling Geek Nation was an Independent book of the year - leads the conversation.
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30th May 5:00pm £8.00

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Event [355]
Friday 30 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Dreams of the Universe

John Horgan, Tara Shears, David Tong. Hilary Lawson hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From string theory to the multiverse the theories of modern physics look increasingly exotic and untestable. While good for selling books does this mean they are bad science? Do we need a return to empirical experiment, or should imagination be allowed its playground?

 

Cambridge string theorist David Tong, experimental physicist Tara Shears, and author of The End of Science John Horgan seek the place where facts and fantasy collide.

 

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From string theory to the multiverse the theories of modern physics look increasingly exotic and untestable.
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30th May 5:30pm £6.00

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Event [357]
Friday 30 May 2014
6:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

The Habits of Nature

Rupert Sheldrake.

Venue: Ring

 

Do natural laws evolve over time? Biologist Rupert Sheldrake questions science's fundamentals.

 

"An excellent scientist; the proper, imaginative kind that in an earlier age discovered continents" New Scientist

 

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Do natural laws evolve over time? Biologist Rupert Sheldrake questions science's fundamentals.
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30th May 6:00pm £6.00

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Event [358]
Friday 30 May 2014
6:30pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Bioterror

Venue: Pavilion

 

Advances in biowarfare are fast outstripping the science that detects and prevent it, quietly threatening nations the world over. This riveting documentary explores the rise in deadly germ warfare, which is not just a dystopian nightmare, but a very real danger.

 

"Judith Miller has probed deeply into unconfronted truths" NYTimes

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

Advances in biowarfare are fast outstripping the science that detects and prevent it, quietly threatening nations the world over.
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30th May 6:30pm £5.00
Event [360]
Friday 30 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

The Hunting of Dark Energy

Peter Cameron, George F. R. Ellis, David Tong. Sue Nelson hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Dark energy is supposed to make up two-thirds of the universe. But troublingly CERN has yet to find any evidence. Have we got our story of the universe wrong - might dark energy be the aether of our time? Do we need a new account of the universe, or is it too soon for such radical solutions?

 

The BBC's Sue Nelson asks Templeton Prize winning cosmologist George Ellis, Cambridge physicist David Tong and mathematician Peter Cameron to seek the invisible.

 

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Dark energy is supposed to make up two-thirds of the universe. But troublingly CERN has yet to find any evidence.
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30th May 7:00pm £8.00

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Event [361]
Friday 30 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Everything Explained

Peter Atkins.

Venue: Ring

 

Can science explain all of existence? Eminent chemist Peter Aktins believes only pessimisism, prejudice and fear suggest otherwise.

 

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Can science explain all of existence? Eminent chemist Peter Aktins believes only pessimisism, prejudice and fear suggest otherwise.
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30th May 7:00pm £5.00

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Event [362]
Friday 30 May 2014
7:30pm
Price: £24.00
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Live Session

Friday Knees Up

An evening of euphoric dance, floor-shaking tunes, soulful songwriting and A-grade standup.

 

This ticket gives you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening. Be spellbound by James Walsh, Sheelanagig, The Gypsy Queens, Tako Lako, Martha Tilston & The Scientists, Jazz Morley, Manière des Bohémiens, Mista Trick, Tom Rosenthal, Jospeh Morpurgo, Phil Wang, Nish Kumar, The Late Night Debate and HotDocs: Doctor Feelgood and Bioterror.

 

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An evening of euphoric dance, floor-shaking tunes, soulful songwriting and A-grade standup.
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30th May 7:30pm £24.00
Event [363]
Friday 30 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £12.00

Live Session

Manière des Bohémiens

Venue: Stage

 

This virtuosic gypsy jazz five-piece exist in whirlwind of touring across Paris, Berlin and festivals from Larmer Tree to Bestival. With a sound informed by Django Reinhardt, manouche jazz and eastern European gypsy folk, Manière des Bohémiens have carved out their own niche with an impassioned lindy-hopping following that sells out gigs.

 

“Best of Introducing” BBC 6 Music

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.


This virtuosic gypsy jazz five-piece exist in whirlwind of touring across Paris, Berlin and festivals from Larmer Tree to Bestival.
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30th May 7:30pm £12.00
Event [364]
Friday 30 May 2014
8:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £9.00
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Live Session

Jazz Morley

Venue: International

 

Jazz Morley’s exceptional voice – raw, soulful and emotive – has attracted attention across the music industry, with a multi-Grammy-winning production team behind her debut single and Music Week championing her as an emerging artist. Her live presence took her to perform the 2012 Olympics, and she’s bringing its magic to HTLGI.

 

“A storming live presence leaves no excuse to miss the experience of seeing her live" Music Week

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.


Jazz Morley’s exceptional voice – raw, soulful and emotive – has attracted attention across the music industry, with a multi-Grammy-winning production team behind her debut single and Music Week championing...
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30th May 8:00pm £9.00
Event [365]
Friday 30 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £11.00

Live Session

Martha Tilston & The Scientists

Venue: Stage

 

A fiercely independent spirit with an beguiling, birdsong voice, folk star Martha Tilston writes the kind of defiant, unashamedly powerful songs that once led protests against Vietnam. She's played Glastonbury and toured with Damien Rice, and the BBC have nominated her for awards: but when international labels came knocking at her door, she started her own instead, sacrificing fortune and fame to preserve her creative vision. If you've heard latest LP Machines of Love and Grace, you'll know that it's a decision that paid off in spades.

 

“She has the power to draw an audience into her world, leaving all those present with a smile, and a few issues to ponder, too” Time Out

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

A fiercely independent spirit with an beguiling, birdsong voice, folk star Martha Tilston writes the kind of defiant, unashamedly powerful songs that once led protests against Vietnam.
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30th May 8:30pm £11.00
Event [366]
Friday 30 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Tako Lako

Venue: globe Hall

 

With a visionary mix of trashy world beats and psychedelic tunes, the critically acclaimed Danish / Serbian act ‘tako lako’ have achieved cult status. Mixing exotic balkans tunes and urban alternative genres from the underground, their intoxicating live-shows have mesmerised audiences.

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

With a visionary mix of trashy world beats and psychedelic tunes, the critically acclaimed Danish / Serbian act ‘tako lako’ have achieved cult status.
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30th May 9:00pm £9.00
Event [367]
Friday 30 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00

Live Session: Comedy

Joseph Morpurgo: Odessa

Venue: Ring

 

It's 1983 and everything is wrong.

 

The second solo show from two-time Chortle Award nominee and Austentatious man Joseph Morpurgo. Directed by Natalie Bailey (The Thick Of It).

 

"Hugely innovative" Time Out

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

It's 1983 and everything is wrong.
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30th May 9:00pm £7.00
Event [368]
Friday 30 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Doctor Feelgood

Venue: Pavilion

 

Four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock'n'roll, leaving all that came before a burnt-out ruin. Taking London by storm, they sped through Europe and conquered the UK with No 1 chart success, before imploding just as punk was born and America beckoned with open arms. Acclaimed director Julian Temple tells their story in this irreverant and anarchic documentary.

 

"Brilliant. Absolutely essential viewing" Phil Jupitus

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

Four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock'n'roll, leaving all that came before a burnt-out ruin.
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30th May 9:00pm £5.00
Event [369]
Friday 30 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £12.00

Live Session

The Gypsy Queens

Venue: International

 

Riotously entertaining busker-luxe live performances from international jet-set party people The Gypsy Queens. Their high-profile fanbase reads like a Who’s Who of celebville: Robert De Niro, REM, Prince Harry – a product of a career that developed on the wild velvet-roped party scene. The Gypsy Queens make time in their busy schedule for HTLGI.

 

“The hottest thing on the private party circuit” Daily Mail

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

Riotously entertaining busker-luxe live performances from international jet-set party people The Gypsy Queens. Their high-profile fanbase reads like a Who’s Who of celebville: Robert De Niro, REM, Prince Harry –...
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30th May 10:00pm £12.00
Event [370]
Friday 30 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £12.00
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Live Session

James Walsh

Venue: Stage

 

As frontman of Starsailor, James Walsh has sold over 3 million albums and played the world’s megavenues. His haunting solo work developed out of a collaboration with rock legend Suzanne Vega, has seen him record with a chamber orchestra in the Arctic circle, and has taken him on tour with the likes of Simple Minds.

 

“Emotive… menacing… compulsive” The Express

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

As frontman of Starsailor, James Walsh has sold over 3 million albums and played the world’s megavenues.
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30th May 10:00pm £12.00
Event [371]
Friday 30 May 2014
10:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £9.00
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Live Session: Comedy

Tom Rosenthal

Venue: Ring

 

He’s star of Friday Night Dinner and award-winning sitcom Plebs, winner of the Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year Award and multiple nominee for loads more, a philosophy graduate and, because nobody’s perfect, an Arsenal fan. Tom Rosenthal’s sharp writing “glows with originality” (Spoonfed) and has led to a swift rise to success.

 

“Admirably assured...infused with enthusiasm and energy” Chortle

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

He’s star of Friday Night Dinner and award-winning sitcom Plebs, winner of the Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year Award and multiple nominee for loads more, a philosophy graduate...
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30th May 10:30pm £9.00
Event [372]
Friday 30 May 2014
10:45pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £14.00

Live Session

Sheelanagig

Venue: globe Hall

 

Practically a travelling circus, with street theatre, storytelling and acrobatics in the mix, Sheelanagig have a passionate festival following, from Green Man to Glastonbury, with their joy-filled energetic live performance. They’re musically eclectic too: think floor-filling Balkan-folk mayhem by way of tabla, double bass and more.

 

"High-octane stuff... would liven any party" fRoots

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.


Practically a travelling circus, with street theatre, storytelling and acrobatics in the mix, Sheelanagig have a passionate festival following, from Green Man to Glastonbury, with their joy-filled energetic live performance.
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30th May 10:45pm £14.00
Event [373]
Friday 30 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Midnight Mayhem: The Late Night Debate

Marcus Brigstocke.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with comic heavyweights Marcus Brigstocke and Joe Morpurgo for a raucous live debate everyone can join. Tonight's motion: 'Sex, drugs and rock'n'roll are the real purpose of life'.

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with comic heavyweights Marcus Brigstocke and Joe Morpurgo for a raucous live debate everyone can join.
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30th May 11:00pm £5.00
Event [374]
Friday 30 May 2014
11:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £9.00

Live Session: Comedy

Phil Wang

Venue: Stage

 

The biggest Wang in comedy is back. Winner of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award, former president of Cambridge Footlights, and Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Award, Phil Wang presents an eclectic collection of observations and opinions on a world he has little right to comment on, expressed with undue confidence.

 

“A slick, distinctive and funny debut…headed for great things” Chortle

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

The biggest Wang in comedy is back. Winner of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award, former president of Cambridge Footlights, and Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Award, Phil Wang...
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30th May 11:30pm £9.00
Event [375]
Saturday 31 May 2014
12:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £9.00

Live Session: Comedy

Nish Kumar

Venue: Ring

 

As half of the excellent Gentlemen of Leisure, he’s had sold out Edinburgh runs and performed retrospectively obvious Rosetta Stone jokes at the British Museum. The unashamedly brilliant Nish Kumar brings his third show, dealing deftly with big stuff – race, cultural identity, the nature of offence – to HTLGI.

 

“Nish Kumar is a comedian, and a bloody good one at that” Time Out

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

As half of the excellent Gentlemen of Leisure, he’s had sold out Edinburgh runs and performed retrospectively obvious Rosetta Stone jokes at the British Museum.
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31st May 12:00am £9.00
Event [376]
Saturday 31 May 2014
12:00am
Venue: LG
Price: £9.00
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Night Session

Mista Trick

Venue: LG

 

Playing electro swing, swing n bass, glitch hop and ghetto funk, DJ and Producer Mista Trick is joined by vintage swing delights, statuesque showgirl Elle and her pint-sized Belles. This hot new collaboration, less than a year old, brings a meld of twenty-first century electric sounds and pussycat Golden-era glamour. Toe-tapping fun will be had by all.

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Friday Knees Up Party tickets include access to this event.

Playing electro swing, swing n bass, glitch hop and ghetto funk, DJ and Producer Mista Trick is joined by vintage swing delights, statuesque showgirl Elle and her pint-sized Belles.
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31st May 12:00am £9.00

Saturday 31st May

Event [381]
Saturday 31 May 2014
9:00am
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £8.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Breakfast

Mark Vernon.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by author and journalist Mark Vernon, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the day ahead. Price includes breakfast.

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by author and journalist Mark Vernon, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the...
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31st May 9:00am £8.00

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Event [382]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Puff or Propaganda

Tanya Gold.

Venue: Ring

 

Is the Daily Mail harmless puff or dangerous propaganda? Times columnist Tanya Gold provides sheds light on the methods and madness of the Mail.

Is the Daily Mail harmless puff or dangerous propaganda? Times columnist Tanya Gold provides sheds light on the methods and madness of the Mail.
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31st May 10:00am £6.00

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Event [515]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £14.00
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IAI Academy Course

New Adventures in Spacetime

Eleanor Knox.

Venue: Riverside

 

We live in the moment. Or so it might seem. King's College philosopher of physics Eleanor Knox reveals how Einstein's work has radical implications for past, present and future.

 

Part One: Introducing Special Relativity

How do space and time become spacetime? Explaining Einstein's greatest achievement.

Part Two: About Time

Does the past exist? Is the future fixed? Does time flow? Introducing the metaphysics of time.

Part Three: Dissolving the Present

Knox presents a philosophy of spacetime: the past and future exist, but the present does not.

 

Welcome drinks, breaks for tea and coffee between classes, and an optional multiple choice assessment are included in the course price.

We live in the moment. Or so it might seem. King's College philosopher of physics Eleanor Knox reveals how Einstein's work has radical implications for past, present and future.
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31st May 10am - 1pm £14.00

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Event [383]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

The Call of Silence

Emma Borg, Penny Rimbaud, Mark Vernon. Laurie Taylor hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From Cicero to Clinton, Shakespeare to Twitter, eloquence is power. But for some philosophers silence rather than speech is the means to approach the deepest puzzles. Might silence be the route to understanding and a better world? Or is this the reserve of saints, fools and madmen?

 

Laurie Taylor goes in search of silence with author and former priest Mark Vernon, poet, musician and Crass founding member Penny Rimbaud, and philosopher of language Emma Borg.

From Cicero to Clinton, Shakespeare to Twitter, eloquence is power. But for some philosophers silence rather than speech is the means to approach the deepest puzzles.
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31st May 10:30am £6.00

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Event [384]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10:30am
Venue: International
Price: £9.00

Philosophy Session

In Search of Lost Time

Julian Barbour, Huw Price, Lee Smolin. David Malone hosts.

Venue: International

 

Time's arrow pulls us from the cradle to the grave. Yet physicists since Einstein believe time to be an illusion. Can we truly make sense of time? Might it be possible to create a new model reconciling physics with our lived experience, or are we incapable of solving time's mystery?

 

Author of Time Reborn and The Trouble With Physics Lee Smolin, independent physicist and author of The End of Time Julian Barbour, and Cambridge Professor of Philosophy Huw Price seek out time's arrow.

Time's arrow pulls us from the cradle to the grave. Yet physicists since Einstein believe time to be an illusion.
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31st May 10:30am £9.00

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Event [385]
Saturday 31 May 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

The Death of Sisterhood

Alison Wolf.

Venue: Ring

 

Alison Wolf uncovers the gulf between the lives of the women now taking over business and politics and those pushed back as a result.

 

“A crucial bible for anyone wanting to check up on anything about contemporary woman” Guardian

Alison Wolf uncovers the gulf between the lives of the women now taking over business and politics and those pushed back as a result.
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31st May 11:00am £5.00

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Event [387]
Saturday 31 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Ultimate Proof

Nancy Cartwright, George F. R. Ellis, Daniel Everett. Hilary Lawson hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We think evidence decides the matter. Yet even suicide bombers think they have evidence to support their cause. Should we see independent evidence as an illusion? Would this lead to a chaotic world without foundations or constraint? Or open us to the richness of reality?

 

Philosopher and author of How the Laws of Physics Lie Nancy Cartwright, Templeton Prize-winning cosmologist and Hawking collaborator George F. R. Ellis and eminent American anthropologist Daniel Everett consider the evidence.

We think evidence decides the matter. Yet even suicide bombers think they have evidence to support their cause.
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31st May 12:00pm £6.00

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Event [388]
Saturday 31 May 2014
12:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

This is Our Church

Peter Atkins, Steve Fuller, David Malone. Tara Shears hosts.

Venue: International

 

We believe science is rational. But, like the Church it once fought, it has its own establishment and theories to defend. Has it become the new church with beliefs tended by the faithful and heretics excluded from publication? Or is this a travesty of an institution that has brought so much advance?

 

Eminent Oxford scientist Peter Atkins, postmodern philosopher, Steve Fuller, and BBC filmmaker David Malone consider the limits of reason.

We believe science is rational. But, like the Church it once fought, it has its own establishment and theories to defend.
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31st May 12:00pm £6.00

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Event [392]
Saturday 31 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

The Future of Cinema

Mike Figgis.

Venue: Ring

 

Inspired by Bergman's notion of cinema as "the exploration of the human face", acclaimed director Mike Figgis offers his new manifesto for the future of film.

 

"Talent is something the unassuming Figgis has in spades" Guardian

Inspired by Bergman's notion of cinema as "the exploration of the human face", acclaimed director Mike Figgis offers his new manifesto for the future of film.
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31st May 1:00pm £7.00

SOLD OUT

Event [393]
Saturday 31 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £14.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Rowan Pelling.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join Telegraph columnist, broadcaster and former Editrice of the Erotic Review Rowan Pelling as she investigates Britain's fraught relationship to the art of erotic writing. Price includes lunch.

Join Telegraph columnist, broadcaster and former Editrice of the Erotic Review Rowan Pelling as she investigates Britain's fraught relationship to the art of erotic writing. Price includes lunch.
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31st May 1:00pm £14.00

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Event [394]
Saturday 31 May 2014
1:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £12.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Jonathan Derbyshire.

Venue: LG

 

Have a meal with the Editor of Prospect Magazine, cultural critic and former Cambridge philospher Jonathan Derbyshire, as he questions the limits of our knowledge of the world. Price includes lunch.

 

In association with Prospect.

Have a meal with the Editor of Prospect Magazine, cultural critic and former Cambridge philospher Jonathan Derbyshire, as he questions the limits of our knowledge of the world. Price includes lunch.
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31st May 1:00pm £12.00

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Event [395]
Saturday 31 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Heraclitus' Dream

Eleanor Knox, Huw Price, Carlo Rovelli, Daniel Stoljar. David Malone hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From everyday objects to the stars, the world of things appears stable and fixed. Yet for quantum physics and the ancient philosopher Heraclitus nothing remains the same. Rather than a framework of things might the world be essentially fluid?

 

Cambridge Professor Huw Price and theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli go in search of solidity with metaphysician Daniel Stoljar and philosopher of science Eleanor Knox.

From everyday objects to the stars, the world of things appears stable and fixed. Yet for quantum physics and the ancient philosopher Heraclitus nothing remains the same.
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31st May 1:15pm £6.00

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Event [396]
Saturday 31 May 2014
1:15pm
Venue: International
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

The Elegant Universe

Julian Barbour, Nancy Cartwright, Steve Fuller. Maggie Aderin-Pocock hosts.

Venue: International

 

The world around us is manifestly complex. Yet from Aristotle to Einstein, we have found truth in elegant simplicity. Do our theories stand the test of time because the universe has an eye for aesthetics? Or is simplicity, and Occam's Razor, a false idol that hides the messy nature of reality?

 

Radical philosopher of science Steve Fuller, theoretical physicist Julian Barbour and author of How The Laws of Physics Lie Nancy Cartwright question the beauty of the universe.

The world around us is manifestly complex. Yet from Aristotle to Einstein, we have found truth in elegant simplicity.
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31st May 1:15pm £6.00

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Event [399]
Saturday 31 May 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Screw the Fairytale

Helen Croydon.

Venue: Ring

 

Are white weddings and happy families past their sell-by date? Author and journalist Helen Croydon goes on a quest to find meaningful modern love.

Are white weddings and happy families past their sell-by date? Author and journalist Helen Croydon goes on a quest to find meaningful modern love.
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31st May 2:00pm £6.00

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Event [400]
Saturday 31 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

It's an Immaterial World

John Heil, Rupert Sheldrake, Daniel Stoljar. Sue Nelson hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We think we understand what the world is made of. Atoms and, we are now told, bosons quarks and leptons. Yet our theory of matter does not explain thought. Do we need a radically new model to explain how material things and immaterial thought are connected?

 

American metaphysician John Heil, Biologist and author of The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake,and Australian philosopher of mind Daniel Stoljar think about thinking.

We think we understand what the world is made of. Atoms and, we are now told, bosons quarks and leptons. Yet our theory of matter does not explain thought.
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31st May 2:30pm £6.00

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Event [401]
Saturday 31 May 2014
2:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Pagan Gods

John Sauven, Colin Tudge. Alison Wolf hosts.

Venue: International

 

We are concerned about the planet. But why? As well as self-interest don't we also wish to protect nature for its own sake? Should we openly recognise this pagan attachment to the tree gods? Is this a heresy that offers a better world or dangerous old/new age nonsense?

 

Alison Wolf asks naturalist Colin Tudge, and Director of Greenpeace John Sauven to examine their motivations for saving the world.

We are concerned about the planet. But why? As well as self-interest don't we also wish to protect nature for its own sake? Should we openly recognise this pagan attachment...
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31st May 2:30pm £5.00

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Event [516]
Saturday 31 May 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £14.00

IAI Academy Course

Our Place in the Universe

George F. R. Ellis.

Venue: Riverside

 

Does physics allow free will? Templeton Prize-winning cosmologist George Ellis presents his account of what chance, necessity and purpose in the universe mean for agency.

 

Part One: Playing Dice

From molecular biology to quantum physics, what are the effects of randomness in the universe?

Part Two: Emergent Complexity

How do physical laws underlie complexity? Ellis presents a bold proposal.

Part Three: Physics and Human Freedom

Ellis examines the implications of top-down causation for purpose, value and meaning.

 

Welcome drinks, breaks for tea and coffee between classes, and an optional multiple choice assessment are included in the course price.

Does physics allow free will? Templeton Prize-winning cosmologist George Ellis presents his account of what chance, necessity and purpose in the universe mean for agency.
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31st May 2:30pm - 5:30pm £14.00

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Event [403]
Saturday 31 May 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Dangerous Virtues

Sandra Newman.

Venue: Ring

 

Can stories ever tell the truth about human nature? Sandra Newman looks at the dangerous values in our most endearing narratives.

 

"Like Vonnegut, she has the courage to follow her imagination down twisting alleyways" NY Times

Can stories ever tell the truth about human nature? Sandra Newman looks at the dangerous values in our most endearing narratives.
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31st May 3:00pm £6.00

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Event [406]
Saturday 31 May 2014
3:45pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £8.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

John Sauven.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join Director of Greenpeace John Sauven to discuss whether we should protect nature for its own sake. Price includes tea and cake.

Join Director of Greenpeace John Sauven to discuss whether we should protect nature for its own sake. Price includes tea and cake.
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31st May 3:45pm £8.00

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Event [407]
Saturday 31 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

Theories, Mysteries, and Mistakes

Jennifer Hornsby, Hilary Lawson, Carlo Rovelli. Jonathan Derbyshire hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We assume our theories about the world are gradually uncovering how it is. Yet from quantum mechanics to post-structuralism the reality the theories describe is contradictory. Should we conclude that the world is essentially unintelligible? Or is it simply the theories that are mistaken?

 

Founder of Loop Quantum Gravity Carlo Rovelli, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson, and philosopher of mind Jennifer Hornsby confront the limits of our understanding.

We assume our theories about the world are gradually uncovering how it is. Yet from quantum mechanics to post-structuralism the reality the theories describe is contradictory.
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31st May 4:00pm £6.00

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Event [408]
Saturday 31 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

The Good, the Bad, and the Powerful

Emma Borg, Tanya Gold, Mark Vernon. Laurie Taylor hosts.

Venue: International

 

We take pride in leading moral lives. Yet from virginity in a patriarchal society to bravery in a warrior state, virtues are often used to support those in power. Is morality a disguised vehicle for authority? Should we liberate ourselves from its manipulation, or is being good a trancendental ideal?

 

Guardian and Times columnist Tanya Gold, philosopher Emma Borg and journalist and former priest Mark Vernon question who really detemines the greater good.

We take pride in leading moral lives. Yet from virginity in a patriarchal society to bravery in a warrior state, virtues are often used to support those in power.
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31st May 4:00pm £8.00

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Event [409]
Saturday 31 May 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Rock and Roll Politics

Steve Richards.

Venue: Ring

 

In our cynical satirical culture, is constructive political comedy possible? Award winning political columist Steve Richards shows us how with his highly acclaimed one man show.

 

"Unmissable" Guardian

In our cynical satirical culture, is constructive political comedy possible? Award winning political columist Steve Richards shows us how with his highly acclaimed one man show.
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31st May 4:00pm £6.00

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Event [412]
Saturday 31 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

The Particle Zoo

Tara Shears.

Venue: Ring

 

The Higgs exists. What's left now? LHC particle physicist Professor Tara Shears reveals how much we still don't know.

 

"[Shears] is rapidly becoming the go-to scientist to explain all things CERN" Wired

The Higgs exists. What's left now? LHC particle physicist Professor Tara Shears reveals how much we still don't know.
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31st May 5:00pm £6.00

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Event [413]
Saturday 31 May 2014
5:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £8.00

Open Platform

Tea, Cake, and Philosophy

Nancy Cartwright.

Venue: LG

 

Join philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright as she asks: should we see independent evidence as an illusion? Price includes tea and cake.

Join philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright as she asks: should we see independent evidence as an illusion? Price includes tea and cake.
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31st May 5:00pm £8.00

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Event [414]
Saturday 31 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Blowing in the Wind

Tanya Gold, John Moore, Penny Rimbaud, Julien Temple. Caspar Melville hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

From Miley Cyrus to Pussy Riot, musicians promote themselves as heretics. Yet for all the taboo-smashing, outrageous misbehaviour and radical political advocacy, famous musicians live lifestyles of wealth and privilege. Is popular music a hypocritical and conservative force? Or does rock'n'roll have the power to change the world?

 

Filmmaker Julien Temple, The Jesus and Mary Chain's John Moore, Times columnist Tanya Gold, and founder of legendary punk outfit Crass Penny Rimbaud debate the radicalness of pop.

 

In association with Universal Music.

From Miley Cyrus to Pussy Riot, musicians promote themselves as heretics. Yet for all the taboo-smashing, outrageous misbehaviour and radical political advocacy, famous musicians live lifestyles of wealth and privilege.
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31st May 5:30pm £7.00

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Event [415]
Saturday 31 May 2014
5:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £9.00

Philosophy Session

Science… Fiction?

James Ladyman, David Nutt, Rupert Sheldrake. Alison Wolf hosts.

Venue: International

 

We think science works because it is true. Yet the theories are different from a century ago and will be different a century hence.  Perhaps science is powerful rather than true. Would this lead us to more radical theories or undermine the method that has delivered such success?

Pharmacologist and former Home Office drugs advisor David Nutt, author of The Science Delusion Rupert Sheldrake, and philosopher of physics James Ladyman challenge the power of science.

We think science works because it is true. Yet the theories are different from a century ago and will be different a century hence.  Perhaps science is powerful rather than true.
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31st May 5:30pm £9.00

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Event [417]
Saturday 31 May 2014
6:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £4.00

Philosophy Session

The End of War

John Horgan.

Venue: Ring

 

War is a fact of human nature. Or is it? John Horgan thinks science could help end war forever.

 

"Thoughtful, unflappable" Nicholson Baker

War is a fact of human nature. Or is it? John Horgan thinks science could help end war forever.
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31st May 6:00pm £4.00

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Event [420]
Saturday 31 May 2014
6:45pm
Venue: International
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Rationality and Drugs

David Nutt.

Venue: International

 

David Nutt was fired by the Home Secretary for comparing the harms of ecstasy and horse-riding. Hear his case for a rational, evidence-based approach to drug policy.

 

"He took personal risk to his reputation in the name of sound science" Colin Blakemore

David Nutt was fired by the Home Secretary for comparing the harms of ecstasy and horse-riding. Hear his case for a rational, evidence-based approach to drug policy.
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31st May 6:45pm £7.00

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Event [421]
Saturday 31 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Life and the Universe

Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Carlos Frenk, Adam Roberts. Sue Nelson hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Copernicus, and Darwin taught us that we are not the centre of the universe. But fifty years have passed since we began listening for life in the cosmos. A billion radio channels have scanned the sky. No extra terrestrial intelligence has been found. Is it time to think we may once again be alone and reassess what it is to be human?

 

Sky At Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock, eminent cosmologist Carlos Frenk and author of Anticopernicus Adam Roberts contemplate our place in the universe.

 

Copernicus, and Darwin taught us that we are not the centre of the universe. But fifty years have passed since we began listening for life in the cosmos.
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31st May 7:00pm £7.00

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Event [422]
Saturday 31 May 2014
7:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Orgasmatron

Rowan Pelling.

Venue: Ring

 

What can MRI scans of brains in orgasm tell us? Erotic Review founder Rowan Pelling reveals how the science of la petite mort might might hold the key to abolishing pain.

 

"Very sexy, very clever, and very knowledgeable" Financial Times

What can MRI scans of brains in orgasm tell us? Erotic Review founder Rowan Pelling reveals how the science of la petite mort might might hold the key to abolishing pain.
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31st May 7:00pm £6.00

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Event [424]
Saturday 31 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: LG
Price: £16.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Dinner

Rupert Sheldrake.

Venue: LG

 

Scientist Rupert Sheldrake hosts a banquet of ideas in the lower gallery. Is science true, or is it simply powerful? Price includes dinner.

Scientist Rupert Sheldrake hosts a banquet of ideas in the lower gallery. Is science true, or is it simply powerful? Price includes dinner.
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31st May 7:30pm £16.00

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Event [425]
Saturday 31 May 2014
7:30pm
Price: £24.00
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Live Session

Shooting Star Party

Join us for a monster final night party of surreal comedy, transcendent songs, euphoric musical mayhem and the classiest DJs around.

 

This ticket gives you access to all the live sessions throughout the evening. Abandon yourself to: The Destroyers, Sandi Thom, Coco and the Butterfields, Gypsy Hill, Sera, Polaroid 85, Toyface and Becoming Sun, Al Green, Mike Wozniak, Rosie Wilby, The Late Night Debate, HotDoc: Unlocking Evolution and Deepgroove.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

Join us for a monster final night party of surreal comedy, transcendent songs, euphoric musical mayhem and the classiest DJs around.
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31st May 7:30pm £24.00
Event [426]
Saturday 31 May 2014
7:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £8.00
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Live Session

Toyface

Venue: Stage

 

Uplifting folk, jazz and flights of fancy from Bristol-based singer-songwriter Tamsin “Toyface” Fallows. With a repertoire that takes in bluesy vibes and pop perfection, she’s played gigs with legendary festival promoters Artful Badger for the National Trust, and brings her quirky character-packed set to a HTLGI debut.

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

Uplifting folk, jazz and flights of fancy from Bristol-based singer-songwriter Tamsin “Toyface” Fallows. With a repertoire that takes in bluesy vibes and pop perfection, she’s played gigs with legendary festival...
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31st May 7:30pm £8.00
Event [427]
Saturday 31 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00
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Live Session

Polaroid 85

Venue: International

 

A kaleidoscopic musical experience from London’s genius Polaroid 85: think haunting vocals, deep bass, intricate orchestral layers and glitchy electronics transcending all genres. They’ve played Fusion, Green Man and Shambala festivals, gigs at XOYO, Hootenanny and Passing Clouds, and have supported the likes of DJ Vadim and Trojan Soundsystem.

 

“A triumph… a world of soothed and invigorated bliss” Alphabet Bands

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

A kaleidoscopic musical experience from London’s genius Polaroid 85: think haunting vocals, deep bass, intricate orchestral layers and glitchy electronics transcending all genres.
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31st May 8:30pm £8.00
Event [428]
Saturday 31 May 2014
8:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Sera

Venue: Stage

 

Mesmerising multi-instrumental folk from BBC Radio Wales artist of the week, Sera has opened for Mumford and Sons, shared stages with the likes of Pixie Lott and Ollie Murs. Sera brings her perfectly crafted, inventively arranged Celtic folk sound to HTLGI.

 

“Sera is clearly a name to look out for” Indie London

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.


Mesmerising multi-instrumental folk from BBC Radio Wales artist of the week, Sera has opened for Mumford and Sons, shared stages with the likes of Pixie Lott and Ollie Murs.
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31st May 8:30pm £9.00
Event [429]
Saturday 31 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £10.00

Live Session

Gypsy Hill

Venue: globe Hall

 

They say “old Yemenis chewing Khat with Romanian horn players at a South London rave.” We say YES. Their Balkan brass, surf-rock guitar lines, Arabic & Jewish melodies, heavy bass-lines and clever electronica caught the eye of Ninja Tunes; they’ve played Bestival, Womad, Sziget and Fusion. A true extravaganza, khat-addled Yemenis TBC.

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

They say “old Yemenis chewing Khat with Romanian horn players at a South London rave.” We say YES.
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31st May 9:00pm £10.00
Event [430]
Saturday 31 May 2014
9:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £9.00

Live Session: Comedy

Mike Wozniak

Venue: Ring

 

It’s been a huge year for the moustachioed stand-up, with a nomination for Best Show at this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards – including, tantalizingly, “the most inspired spin on the age-old mother-in-law staple you’re likely to see” (Telegraph) - plus the airing of his BBC Radio 4 sketch series, Small Scenes. Wozniak previews his latest creation.

 

“Poignant, hilarious and a little bit wrong” Daily Express

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

It’s been a huge year for the moustachioed stand-up, with a nomination for Best Show at this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards – including, tantalizingly, “the most inspired spin on the...
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31st May 9:00pm £9.00
Event [431]
Saturday 31 May 2014
9:15pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Unlocking Evolution

Venue: Pavilion

 

Where do we come from? This remarkable film tells the story of scientific pioneer Allan Wilson's groundbreaking and controversial research into the origins of our species which demonstrated that humans and apes are closer than we thought.

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

Where do we come from? This remarkable film tells the story of scientific pioneer Allan Wilson's groundbreaking and controversial research into the origins of our species which demonstrated that humans...
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31st May 9:15pm £5.00
Event [432]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £14.00
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Live Session

Sandi Thom

Venue: International

 

Since topping the charts with ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’, platinum selling Sandi Thom has reinvented herself as a songwriter of breathtaking emotional honesty. Expect raw blues, heartbreaking soul and Ivor Novello Award-winning lyrics from a musical icon in-the-making.

 

“Exquisite” Times 

“Authentic and intimate” Independent

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.


Since topping the charts with ‘I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’, platinum selling Sandi Thom has reinvented herself as a songwriter of breathtaking emotional honesty.
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31st May 10:00pm £14.00
Event [433]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10:00pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £9.00

Live Session

Coco and the Butterfields

Venue: Stage

 

It’s all about the Fip-Fok – the fusion of folk, pop and hip-hop that Coco and the Butterfields have made their very own. They’ve been rated the UK’s best unsigned acts, and have a quarter-million YouTube hits to show for a colourful, floor-shaking live act that delivers their sublime songs with an energetic and deeply musical punch.

 

“Very cool!” Bob Geldof

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

It’s all about the Fip-Fok – the fusion of folk, pop and hip-hop that Coco and the Butterfields have made their very own.
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31st May 10:00pm £9.00
Event [434]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10:30pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00
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Live Session: Comedy

There's No Heroes Left Except All Of Us

Venue: Ring

 

Comedian and activist Chris Coltrane presents an hour of hilarious, passionate political stand-up, guaranteed to leave you inspired and eager to protest. If you love social justice, feminism and fighting bad guys, this show is for you. Come for the jokes, stay for the deconstruction of 21st century capitalism.

 

"One of a few comedians who are the future of British political comedy" Mark Thomas

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

Comedian and activist Chris Coltrane presents an hour of hilarious, passionate political stand-up, guaranteed to leave you inspired and eager to protest.
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31st May 10:30pm £5.00
Event [435]
Saturday 31 May 2014
10:45pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £16.00
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Live Session

The Destroyers

Venue: globe Hall

 

A 15 piece polka-dotted runaway orchestra built from wailing brass, frenzied strings and wild guitars, The Destroyers promise to bring a euphoric riot of sound and fury to HowTheLightGetsIn. Stereokill says The Destroyers are the “best band you’ll hear all year”, Clash says they’re “seductively dangerous”, and Songlines calls them a “massive tour de force”. Don’t miss your chance to find out why.

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

A 15 piece polka-dotted runaway orchestra built from wailing brass, frenzied strings and wild guitars, The Destroyers promise to bring a euphoric riot of sound and fury to HowTheLightGetsIn.
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31st May 10:45pm £16.00
Event [436]
Saturday 31 May 2014
11:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Midnight Mayhem: The Late Night Debate

Marcus Brigstocke.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with comic Marcus Brigstocke for a raucous live debate everyone can join. Tonight's motion: "the wisdom of age trumps the folly of youth."

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

Put on the boxing gloves and climb into the ring with comic Marcus Brigstocke for a raucous live debate everyone can join.
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31st May 11:00pm £5.00
Event [437]
Saturday 31 May 2014
11:30pm
Venue: Stage
Price: £8.00

Live Session: Comedy

Al Green

Venue: Stage

 

Comedian Alistair Green stands on a stage for roughly an hour (unless it goes badly) moaning about everything he thinks is wrong with the world including his own pitiful shortcomings as a human being. Sounds hilarious doesn’t it.

 

"Undiscovered genius" Guardian


Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

Comedian Alistair Green stands on a stage for roughly an hour (unless it goes badly) moaning about everything he thinks is wrong with the world including his own pitiful shortcomings...
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31st May 11:30pm £8.00
Event [438]
Sunday 1 June 2014
12:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £8.00
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Live Session: Comedy

Rosie Wilby

Venue: Ring

 

Prompted by the breakdown of several close friends’ long term partnerships, disgruntled serial monogamist, comedian and Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby asks: “Is monogamy dead?”

 

“Wickedly cutting jokes and wonderful takes on sexuality” Broadway Baby

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.

Prompted by the breakdown of several close friends’ long term partnerships, disgruntled serial monogamist, comedian and Radio 4 regular Rosie Wilby asks: “Is monogamy dead?”
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1st Jun 12:00am £8.00
Event [439]
Sunday 1 June 2014
12:00am
Venue: LG
Price: £12.00

Night Session

Deepgroove (with Sean McBride)

Venue: LG

 

When not destroying dance floors at the likes of We Love… Space and Secret Garden Party with an astonishing four decks, this Bristolian/Ibiza duo, aka Lee Pattison and Grayson Shipley, can be found producing records for some massive labels like Cocoon and Klang. Their keen ear for the perfect tune for the moment means 100% party devastation.

 

"No messing, they do exactly what it says on the tin... they know how to drop it!" Pete Tong, BBC

 

Second Weekend Pass, Festival Live - 10 Day Pass, and Shooting Star Party tickets include access to this event.


When not destroying dance floors at the likes of We Love… Space and Secret Garden Party with an astonishing four decks, this Bristolian/Ibiza duo, aka Lee Pattison and Grayson Shipley,...
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1st Jun 12:00am £12.00

Sunday 1st June

Event [442]
Sunday 1 June 2014
9:00am
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £14.00

Open Platform

Philosophy Breakfast

Jasper Fforde.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by comic novelist Jasper Fforde, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the day ahead. Price includes breakfast.

Get a shot of inspiration with your espresso. Today's Philosophy Breakfast is led by comic novelist Jasper Fforde, offering stimulation to those keen to make the most of the day ahead.
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1st Jun 9:00am £14.00

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Event [443]
Sunday 1 June 2014
10:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00
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Philosophy Session

What the Stoics Got Right

Mark Vernon.

Venue: Ring

 

Are we all stoics at heart? Writer and journalist Mark Vernon asks what the self-help generation have to learn from ancients.

 

"Lucid, informative and wise" Independent

Are we all stoics at heart? Writer and journalist Mark Vernon asks what the self-help generation have to learn from ancients.
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1st Jun 10:00am £6.00

SOLD OUT

Event [517]
Sunday 1 June 2014
10am - 1pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £12.00
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IAI Academy Course

The Universe As We Find It

John Heil.

Venue: Riverside

 

Didn't science kill philosophy? By rethinking metaphysics, Washington University in St. Louis Professor John Heil uncovers why the greatest problems in philosophy and science may have been an illusion.

 

Part One: Why Metaphysics?

Are metaphysical ideas necessary for explaining what science really reveals?

Part Two: Truth and the Universe

Why should universal principles govern our world? Do we need a new way of thinking about cause and effect?

Part Three: The Big Questions

Have we been asking the wrong questions? Heil dissolves the grandest puzzles of philosophy.

 

Welcome drinks, breaks for tea and coffee between classes, and an optional multiple choice assessment are included in the course price.

Didn't science kill philosophy? By rethinking metaphysics, Washington University in St. Louis Professor John Heil uncovers why the greatest problems in philosophy and science may have been an illusion.
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1st Jun 10am - 1pm £12.00

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Event [444]
Sunday 1 June 2014
10:30am
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Can't Buy Me Love

Helen Croydon, Sandra Newman, Alison Wolf. Rowan Pelling hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We supposedly marry for love. Yet in law the contract is financiaI. We legislate for equal pay, should we also end the financial relationship in marriage? Would this create a more romantic and equal world with shared child care and costs or would it be the end of family life?

 

Guardian journalist and author of Screw The Fairytale Helen Croydon debates money and marriage with political scientist Alison Wolf, and novelist Sandra Newman.

We supposedly marry for love. Yet in law the contract is financiaI. We legislate for equal pay, should we also end the financial relationship in marriage? Would this create a...
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1st Jun 10:30am £5.00

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Event [445]
Sunday 1 June 2014
10:30am
Venue: International
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

The Laughing Philosopher

Julian Baggini, Tanya Gold, John Ó Maoilearca. Caspar Melville hosts.

Venue: International

 

To be taken seriously is an accolade for the thinker. But from Nietzsche to Derrida, big ideas have been expressed though irony, satire and jest. Might comedy be the best and perhaps only way to convey some truths, or is truth never a laughing matter?

 

Author of The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten and The Ego Trick Julian Baggini, Times and Guardian columnist Tanya Gold, and continental philosopher John Ó Maoiearca debate the nature of comedy and reality.

To be taken seriously is an accolade for the thinker. But from Nietzsche to Derrida, big ideas have been expressed though irony, satire and jest.
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1st Jun 10:30am £5.00

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Event [446]
Sunday 1 June 2014
11:00am
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Planet of the Apes

Emma Borg.

Venue: Ring

 

We share 98% of their DNA. So what makes us different to our closest evolutionary relatives? Philosopher Emma Borg investigates.

We share 98% of their DNA. So what makes us different to our closest evolutionary relatives? Philosopher Emma Borg investigates.
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1st Jun 11:00am £5.00

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Event [448]
Sunday 1 June 2014
12:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £8.00
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Philosophy Session

The Chemistry of Freedom

George F. R. Ellis, Patrick Haggard, Jennifer Hornsby. Jonathan Derbyshire hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

The cry of democrats and revolutionaries, we value freedom above almost anything. But neuroscientists claim they can predict decisions seven seconds before we act. Might free will be an illusion? Do we need to reimagine what it means to be human, or does freedom win over bad science?

 

Neuroscientist Patrick Haggard, Templeton Prize winning physicist George Ellis and philosopher of mind and action Jennifer Hornsby consider where choice begins and chance ends.

The cry of democrats and revolutionaries, we value freedom above almost anything. But neuroscientists claim they can predict decisions seven seconds before we act.
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1st Jun 12:00pm £8.00

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Event [449]
Sunday 1 June 2014
12:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

The Voice of Openness

Lyse Doucet, Carl Miller, Steve Richards. Caspar Melville hosts.

Venue: International

 

Social media had all the appearance of a democratic revolution, hailed after the Arab Spring as the power of the people. But there's now a growing army of government and corporate propaganists seeking to control and influence opinion. Has social media become a threat to democracy? Or is it still the voice of freedom?

 

Chief political commentator for the Independent Steve Richards, BBC international correspondent Lyse Doucet, and Demos research director Carl Miller investigate openness.

Social media had all the appearance of a democratic revolution, hailed after the Arab Spring as the power of the people.
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1st Jun 12:00pm £7.00

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Event [450]
Sunday 1 June 2014
12:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

Just Say Yes

Katy Brand, Tanya Gold, Katie Hopkins, Natalia Naish. Katie Glass hosts.

Venue: Ring

 

We are forever being told that drugs are bad for us. Yet ayahuasca inspired the Beat Generation, LSD spawned New Journalism, Ecstasy was developed as a psychiatric drug. Now prescription medicines like Adderall are helping students revise. Is it wrong to say that getting high is the key to a better life?

 

An all women panel presented by The Other Club.

We are forever being told that drugs are bad for us. Yet ayahuasca inspired the Beat Generation, LSD spawned New Journalism, Ecstasy was developed as a psychiatric drug.
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1st Jun 12:00pm £7.00

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Event [453]
Sunday 1 June 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00

Philosophy Session

Was Hawking Right?

James Ladyman.

Venue: Ring

 

Was Hawking right to suggest science has made metaphysics obsolete? Philosopher James Ladyman asks if it is time get out of the armchair and into the lab.

Was Hawking right to suggest science has made metaphysics obsolete? Philosopher James Ladyman asks if it is time get out of the armchair and into the lab.
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1st Jun 1:00pm £5.00

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Event [454]
Sunday 1 June 2014
1:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £14.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

Joy Lo Dico, Katie Glass.

Venue: Pavilion

 

Join founders of The Other Club Katie Glass and Joy Lo Dico to debate whether they are right to argue that we should say 'Yes' to drugs. Price includes lunch.

 

In association with The Other Club.

Join founders of The Other Club Katie Glass and Joy Lo Dico to debate whether they are right to argue that we should say 'Yes' to drugs. Price includes lunch.
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1st Jun 1:00pm £14.00

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Event [455]
Sunday 1 June 2014
1:00pm
Venue: LG
Price: £16.00

Open Platform

HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch

David Nutt.

Venue: LG

 

In the Lower Gallery, former govt scientific adviser David Nutt asks: are facts a fiction? And does the multiplicity of world views prove that no one is in the right? Price includes lunch.

In the Lower Gallery, former govt scientific adviser David Nutt asks: are facts a fiction? And does the multiplicity of world views prove that no one is in the right?...
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1st Jun 1:00pm £16.00

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Event [456]
Sunday 1 June 2014
1:15pm
Venue: International
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Cool Values

Mike Figgis, Caspar Melville, Sandra Newman. Lyse Doucet hosts.

Venue: International

 

Like Roman stoicism and Japanese bushido, modern-day ‘cool’ is sleek, capable and unfazed by fortune. Is it simply a product of consumer capitalism, or, in our relativistic age, might cool be a value that we should take seriously, and which could even teach us how to live?

 

Director of Leaving Las Vegas and Timecode Mike Figgis, former editor of New Humanist Caspar Melville and 'height of cool' (Time Out) novelist Sandra Newman keep it cool.

Like Roman stoicism and Japanese bushido, modern-day ‘cool’ is sleek, capable and unfazed by fortune. Is it simply a product of consumer capitalism, or, in our relativistic age, might cool...
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1st Jun 1:15pm £5.00

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Event [459]
Sunday 1 June 2014
2:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Educational Heresies

Natalie Bennett.

Venue: Ring

 

Is it time to rethink education policy from the ground-up? Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett reveals a new vision for our children.

Is it time to rethink education policy from the ground-up? Leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett reveals a new vision for our children.
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1st Jun 2:00pm £6.00

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Event [460]
Sunday 1 June 2014
2:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £7.00

Philosophy Session

Facts and Fantasy

Natalie Bennett, Marcus Brigstocke, Hilary Lawson, David Nutt. Steve Richards hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

We think facts decide the matter. But each politician, economist, and expert seems to rely on a different set. Might facts be a fiction - a by-product of each and every perspective? Would giving up on facts lead to chaos or make us more open and pluralistic?

 

Former government scientist David Nutt and Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett get the facts straight, with help from postrealist philosopher Hilary Lawson and comedian Marcus Brigstocke.

 

In association with the Observer.

We think facts decide the matter. But each politician, economist, and expert seems to rely on a different set.
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1st Jun 2:30pm £7.00

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Event [461]
Sunday 1 June 2014
2:30pm
Venue: International
Price: £7.00
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Philosophy Session

The Mystery of Music

Eric Clarke, Lydia Goehr, Marc Robinson, Rhian Samuel. Jonathan Derbyshire hosts.

Venue: International

 

We feel music has an inexplicable even transcendental quality. Yet from Pythagorean accounts of harmony to contemporary musical theory we have found ways to make sense of it. Can we go further and explain it completely? Or is the notion that we can crack the code a scientific and philosophical fantasy?

 

Oxford musicologist Eric Clarke, composer Rhian Samuel, philosopher of music Lydia Goehr and Universal's Marc Robinson seek to explain music's power.

We feel music has an inexplicable even transcendental quality. Yet from Pythagorean accounts of harmony to contemporary musical theory we have found ways to make sense of it.
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1st Jun 2:30pm £7.00

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Event [518]
Sunday 1 June 2014
2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Riverside
Price: £12.00

IAI Academy Course

Science vs. Religion

Mark Vernon.

Venue: Riverside

 

What's at the heart of the conflict between science and religion? Can it be solved? Philosopher and author Mark Vernon answers one of modernity's most complex problems.

 

Part One: The Battleground

Vernon reveals the history of the science-religion conflict and its place in our culture.

Part Two: Alternatives to the Conflict

Can we think about science and religion differently and avoid the conflict altogether?

Part Three: Science, Spirituality and Consciousness

Vernon proposes a new model for solving the problem: does consciousness hold the key?

 

Welcome drinks, breaks for tea and coffee between classes, and an optional multiple choice assessment are included in the course price.

What's at the heart of the conflict between science and religion? Can it be solved? Philosopher and author Mark Vernon answers one of modernity's most complex problems.
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1st Jun 2:30pm - 5:30pm £12.00

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Event [463]
Sunday 1 June 2014
3:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Is Progress Possible?

Daniel Stoljar.

Venue: Ring

 

Whitehead famously said western philosophy was simply a footnote to Plato. Can it actually make progress? Australian philosopher Daniel Stoljar presents the optimist's compelling case.

 

"Extremely valuable" David Papineau

Whitehead famously said western philosophy was simply a footnote to Plato. Can it actually make progress? Australian philosopher Daniel Stoljar presents the optimist's compelling case.
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1st Jun 3:00pm £5.00

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Event [466]
Sunday 1 June 2014
4:00pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £5.00
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Philosophy Session

Patriarchy, Property, and Sex Laws

James Chalmers, Rowan Pelling, Alison Wolf. Caspar Melville hosts.

Venue: globe Hall

 

Early sex laws were often designed to safeguard male property. Yet today sex laws are no less in vogue. Might these laws that target sexuality embed patriarchal attitudes and assumptions?  As a consequence would be better to get rid of sex laws altogether and use laws against violence instead?  Would this achieve a fundamental shift in perception and put women in an equal and stronger position, or is it a dangerous step that increases risk?

 

Founder of the Erotic Review Rowan Pelling, government advisor and economist Alison Wolf, professor of criminal law James Chalmers debate the laws of the land.

Early sex laws were often designed to safeguard male property. Yet today sex laws are no less in vogue.
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1st Jun 4:00pm £5.00

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Event [467]
Sunday 1 June 2014
4:00pm
Venue: International
Price: £8.00

Philosophy Session

Imagining the Truth

Jasper Fforde, Mike Figgis, Adam Roberts. Lyse Doucet hosts.

Venue: International

 

We believe reason is our best tool for acquiring true knowledge of the world. But Picasso said "art is a lie that tells the truth," and many others before him have made similar claims. Are they right? Can imagination lead us to truths hidden from the rational mind, or is this romantic hogswash?

 

Director of Timecode and Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis, bestselling Thursday Next author Jasper Fforde, Booker nominee Deborah Levy and Yellow Blue Tibia novelist Adam Roberts go in search of the truth.

We believe reason is our best tool for acquiring true knowledge of the world. But Picasso said "art is a lie that tells the truth," and many others before him...
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1st Jun 4:00pm £8.00

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Event [468]
Sunday 1 June 2014
4:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

Revenge of the Machines

Huw Price.

Venue: Ring

 

How close is humanity to designing its own demise? The founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Huw Price, asks whether the machines we create will be our downfall.

 

"Splendidly provocative" Sunday Times

How close is humanity to designing its own demise? The founder of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Huw Price, asks whether the machines we create will be...
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1st Jun 4:00pm £6.00

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Event [470]
Sunday 1 June 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Ring
Price: £6.00

Philosophy Session

To the Edge of Space

Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Venue: Ring

 

The Sky at Night host and physicist Maggie Aderin-Pocock takes us on a journey to the edge of known space.

 

"One of the most prominent scientists in Britain" Power List

The Sky at Night host and physicist Maggie Aderin-Pocock takes us on a journey to the edge of known space.
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1st Jun 5:00pm £6.00

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Event [471]
Sunday 1 June 2014
5:00pm
Venue: Pavilion
Price: £3.00

Live Session: HotDocs

Heart vs. Mind: What Makes Us Human?

Venue: Pavilion

 

Throughout history the heart has been seen as the very centre of our being. But modern medicine has come to see the heart as just a pump, and we see ourselves as ruled by our heads and not our hearts. Will new discoveries allow the heart to reclaim something of its traditional place at the centre of our humanity? David Malone's film dissects the age-old battle of hearts and minds.

 

Introduced by David Malone.

 

Festival Live - 10 Day Pass holders have access to this event.

Throughout history the heart has been seen as the very centre of our being. But modern medicine has come to see the heart as just a pump, and we see...
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1st Jun 5:00pm £3.00
Event [472]
Sunday 1 June 2014
5:30pm
Venue: globe Hall
Price: £22.00

Live Session

Blaenavon Male Voice Choir

Venue: globe Hall

 

We maybe radicals but there's a time for traditiion. Each year the wonderfully magical Blaenavon Male Voice Choir have closed the festival, and there’s never a dry eye, or spare inch, in the house. Founded over a century ago in 1910, the premier Welsh choir is still going strong, and has toured across the world. If you have't yet been and think you know what a male voice choir will be like, think again. Change your travel plans. Get a ticket while you can. And go home in a euphoric mood.

 

“Show-stopping” LA Times


Individual tickets for this event are sold out, but Second Weekend Passes, and Festival Live - 10 Day Passes are still available and give you access to this event.

We maybe radicals but there's a time for traditiion. Each year the wonderfully magical Blaenavon Male Voice Choir have closed the festival, and there’s never a dry eye, or spare...
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1st Jun 5:30pm £22.00
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