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One Month to Go – LIFI22 is almost here
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One Month to Go – LIFI22 is almost here

With September on the horizon, Leeds International Festival of Ideas (LIFI22) is shaping up to be a must-see event in the city.

Building on the success of last year which saw our evolution to present a diverse programme of inspiring talks and debates, the appeal of and interest in the festival is certainly growing, with tickets selling fast for all 12 events – an array of music, keynote speeches and debates packed into just five days!

Continuing to explore new ideas in our own innovative way and looking to address issues and topics of the day, our aim is to introduce the brightest minds to the city and the city to the brightest minds.

In 2022, we present an incredible lineup of 36 speakers, delving into everything from discussions on the impact of social media and the metaverse, how we talk about mental health and the social duty of sport to what’s wrong with climate activism and what can you laugh about now. Joining these debates are actors David Harewood, comedian Rosie Jones, TV personality Gail Porter, author Bryony Gordan, presenter Lara Lewington, environmental activist and advisor Judy Ling Wong CBE, comedian Jamali Maddix, former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Christopher Wylie, best known for his role in setting up – and taking down – Cambridge Analytica, among the extensive list.

While we have Kevin McCloud MBE, best known for the internationally acclaimed Channel 4 show Grand Designs, restauranteur Yotam Ottolenghi, award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and actor Aisling Bea, historian David Olusoga and Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, all taking centre stage for keynote speeches ranging from the (built) environment, the universal language of food, and art and culture to Britain and the history wars, and the contemporary voice of screenwriting.

A special addition to the bill is the late announcement of a warm-up show of the UK-only performance of Jon Hopkins’ Polaris. This must-see performance has been a firm favourite for festival goers while an overwhelming demand for Mary Beard’s sell-out talk has seen us upgrade the venue, with additional tickets now on sale.

We can’t wait to present this year’s festival, hopefully presenting something special to shine the spotlight on Leeds, enhancing the cultural offering and providing that added appeal for audiences to come and enjoy.

Don’t miss out – explore the full line-up and buy tickets here.