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Festival of Debate picks

Festival of Debate returns this spring, to help shift some clouds from around the real issues and clear the path towards answers to questions that can sometimes seem too big to ask.

A series of talks, discussions, music and theatre performances, and film screenings, spread across Sheffield, the Festival of Debate aims to get people together to think about democracy and ideas for change. Strands at this year's festival are culture, self and identity, democracy and activism, fairness and equality, futures, and science and environment.

Read on for what's still to come in our Hannah's top picks from the programme, and be sure to look at the full listings on the Festival of Debate site – there's tons to get involved in, and much of it's free.

News Club Live

Thu. 31 May 2018


A live debate show dissecting the news, with hip hop artist Lowkey and journalists Lisa MacKenzie and Angela Haggerty.

Dismembered: Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Wed. 20 June 2018

Sheffield Hallam Pennine Lecture Theatre, S1 2LW

The Guardian columnists on their new book, a critique of the current government.

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Fri. 29 June 2018

Abbeydale Picture House

Join Festival of Debate for its closing party, in the company of writer and activist Helen Pankhurst, poet Hollie McNish, Girl Gang DJs, and more.