Leeds International Festival of IDEAS

A festival of new ideas & innovation. We invite world-leading thinkers to Leeds to share new ideas and discuss the world of tomorrow.

“The city is excited about innovation, about discovery, while the festival is here ”
Biological anthropologist & AUTHOR
“It’s going to be an absolute joy for people to come listen to these ideas - to start generating ideas of their own.”
Prof. Alice Roberts
biological anthropologist & author
“You gave them the platform to express their ideas. To make that moment that doesn’t usually happen.”
Music Artist
“You allowed us make it exactly how we had wanted to… the idea would still be in a sketchbook if it wasn't for (LIFI)”
Daniel Avery
electronic music artist

Leeds International Festival of Ideas is a metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation. We invite world-leading thinkers, creators, and pioneers to Leeds to share new ideas and discuss the world of tomorrow.

Our speakers will cover a range of topics, such as entertainment, technology, science, media, sociology and global affairs. By introducing the brightest minds to our city and our city to the brightest minds, we aim to challenge our understanding of the world today and deliver an exciting vision of the future.

Who We are

Martin Dickson Head of Festival LeedsBID
Sarah Towns Marketing Executive LeedsBID
Simon Fogal Head of Media and Content Chapter 81
Tim Dee Art Director Rabbithole
Mark Martin Strategy Rabbithole
James Wilson Festival Manager LeedsBID
Lizzie Farrell Festival Coordinator LeedsBID
Kieran Chappell Digital Marketing LeedsBID
Larry Budd Interviewer & content Chapter 81
Jonny I'Anson Podcast Presenter Chapter 81
Tom Martin Photography Chapter 81
Amy Bennett Social Chapter 81
Josh Hall Videographer Chapter 81
Kate Ryrie Copywriting Chapter 81
Tracey Lancaster Deputy Vice Chancellor Leeds Beckett University
David Maddison General Manager Trinity Leeds
Sarah Dear Managing Partner Born Ugly
Al Garthwaite Councillor Leeds City Council
Katie O’Hara Director of Sales Interstate Hotels
Paul Ellison Managing Director Yorkshire Design Group
Jane Brodie Head of HR Credera
Jo Coburn Centre Manager Victoria Leeds
Dr Paul Abbott Director of Events and Enterprise Leeds Conservatoire
Paul Varley Area Director, Commercial Banking Lloyds Bank

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