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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Founded in 2015, Festival of Debate is an annual series of panel discussions, debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events in Sheffield, exploring politics, economics and society. It’s coordinated in collaboration with over 50 partners across the city, from grassroots campaign groups to the city’s largest institutions.

Past keynote speakers have included Yanis Varoufakis, Reni-Eddo Lodge, Ed Miliband, Prof David Nutt, Owen Jones, Melissa Benn, Afua Hirsch, Francesca Martinez, Polly Toynbee, Nick Clegg, The Guilty Feminist, John Pilger, Grayson Perry, James O’Brien, Julian Assange, Paul Mason, Steve Silberman and George Monbiot.

Unfortunately their 2020 event programme was cancelled in late March due to the Covid-19 crisis but they’ve launched the brand new Festival of Debate Online, providing a digital platform for discussion and debate of the key social, political, environmental and economic issues of the day.

See the Festival of Debate Online programme.

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