Always wanted to know more about the philosophy behind atheism? Feel like you don’t know enough about the political concept of freedom? Well, some of the UK’s finest minds will be talking on those themes as the Barbican holds the annual Battle of Ideas, a weekend of public debates and talks. Speakers this year include writer Stella Duffy, MP David Lammy, entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim and many other eminent academics, writers and professionals.
If you just want to enjoy the challenge of getting stuck into a good old debate, it’s the perfect place, with more discussions than ever taking place this year. Interesting talks range from light-hearted discussions on the merits of 2012’s surprise bonkbuster Fifty Shades of Grey to the more weighty question of whether Europe faces its own European Spring.
People generally fall into two camps – those who shy away from voicing an opinion for fear of showing their lack of knowledge, and those who love the cut and thrust of intellectual debate, who’d never let a little thing like ignorance get in the way of having an opinion. So whichever side you fall on, whether you need to brush up on your knowledge or exercise those debating skills, the Battle of Ideas is sure to entice enquiring minds.
The Festival of Ideas runs at the Barbican, from Oct 20 – 21. For more info visit www.battleofideas.org.uk