FoI 2019

Festival of Ideas 2019

Festival of Ideas: A decade of EHU undergraduate drama productions in still photography

14th October 2019
As part of this year’s Festival of Ideas we are pleased to host this retrospective exhibition broadly drawn from a decade of work documented in still photography here themed and curated around the ways in which movement and stillness communicate what it means to be human.

Festival of Ideas: In Conversation with Lisa Nandy

14th October 2019
On the opening day of this year’s Festival of Ideas, we’re delighted to welcome onto campus Member of Parliament, Lisa Nandy.

Festival of Ideas: The Mother of All Pain

15th October 2019
The Mother of all Pain: conversations and more about pain - a feral adversary

Festival of Ideas: 'Flash Gordon' Film Screening + Director Q&A

15th October 2019
As part of this year’s Festival of Ideas, ICE is delighted to be welcoming British film legend, Mike Hodges, to host a screening of his classic Flash Gordon.

Festival of Ideas: 'Get Carter' Film Screening + Director Q&A

16th October 2019
As part of this year’s Festival of Ideas, ICE is delighted to be welcoming British film legend, Mike Hodges, to host a screening of his classic Get Carter at the Everyman Liverpool, 35 Victoria Street, Liverpool, L1 6DA

Festival of Ideas: ICE in Conversation: Joe McGann

17th October 2019
Joe will be joined on the sofa by ICE Director, Professor Martin McQuillan, as they discuss Joe’s career as an actor, the paths that his career has taken and how it was growing up in a family of TV stars.

Festival of Ideas: Leonora Carrington's Labyrinth of Film

18th October 2019
This event will take place over one day and will explore the festival’s themes of 'exchange' in Leonora Carrington's work, including contributions from various speakers and screenings of relevant film material (with the participation of the film makers).

Festival of Ideas: ‘Brown Babies: the stories of children born to black GIs and white women in the Second World War'

21st October 2019
As part of this year’s Festival of Ideas, ISR is delighted to be welcoming author Lucy Bland. Lucy introduces her book which recounts a little-known history of the estimated 2,000 babies born to black GIs and white British women in the second world war.

Festival of Ideas: Explore your Face - from Art to Surgery

21st October 2019
The value and potential contributions of art to medicine, health and wellbeing are reasonably well-established. However, the connections between art and surgery are literally at the cutting edge of innovative practice.

Festival of Ideas: Edge Talks

21st October 2019
As part of this year’s Festival of Ideas, Edge Hill’s three Research Institutes are delighted to host our very own Edge Talks, a series of influential and inspiring talks from a variety of speakers giving their very own ‘Edge Talk’ on a topic of their choice.

Festival of Ideas: No More Cherry Blossom

22nd October 2019
No More Cherry Blossom creatively explores the subject of death, a sensitive topic but one which every person is curious about.

Festival of Ideas: ICE in Conversation: Tate Curators discuss Keith Haring

22nd October 2019
ICE is delighted to welcome to Festival of Ideas, Darren Phi and Tamar Hemmes, the curators of the show. Darren and Tamar will discuss Haring’s work

Festival of Ideas: Breaking Through the Wall

23rd October 2019
November 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the breaching of the Berlin Wall. The building of new walls between countries is still being proposed. This public reading launches an anthology of new work exploring the theme of walls, compiled by published fiction-writers based at Edge Hill.

Festival of Ideas: A Celebration of 60 Years of Trinity Girls Brass Band

23rd October 2019
The concert will feature a wide range of musical genres ranging from a classical overture, traditional brass band marches and band repertoire and well-loved tunes from stage and screen.

Festival of Ideas: 'Mental Health, Complex Depressive Disorder’ with guest Clarke Carlisle

24th October 2019
Clarke Carlisle is a broadcaster and former professional footballer. He tells the story of his spiral into complex depression and talks openly about his struggle with mental health despite excelling in his football career.

Festival of Ideas: In Conversation with Rita Tushingham

25th October 2019
Born and raised in Liverpool, with a professional debut at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1960, Rita Tushingham became the first significant female face of the British New Wave in cinema

Festival of Ideas: Dancing with Health

26th October 2019
As part of the Dancing with Health pan-European project, this is a free training weekend for dancers, health or exercise professionals who are interested in the physical and psychological benefits of movement and dance.

FoI 2018

Festival of Ideas 2018

Programmed by Edge Hill University’s Research Institutes, the Festival of Ideas is a series of talks, exhibitions and performances to engage academics, students and members of the public in conversations upon a common theme.

This year throughout May and June, the festival will explore the prism of Equalities, incorporating the 100th anniversary of women of a certain criteria getting the vote, as well as responding to other current topics in the media. It aims to open up interdisciplinary debate about past injustices and what can be done to work together to formulate an equitable future society.

Academics from the university will present their most current and innovative research to a public audience, in an accessible and interactive environment. The Festival invites special guest speakers and performers to join the discussion to entertain and inspire.

EQUALITIES draws on academic strands within the University’s three research institutes:

  • The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P)
    Cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange.
  • The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE)
    Connecting the University to the creative industries.
  • The Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI)
    Driving improvements in health and social care.

Food for Thought – vegan festival

The food festival will take place alongside a programme of stimulating events which take a look at themes of ‘Modern Feminism’ and ‘Individual Equalities’, relating to the Festival of Ideas overarching theme of Equalities.


All of the Festival of Ideas exhibitions are free to attend. Each exhibition has an accompanying event where the artist’s and/or the curators will in discussion about the work displayed.

FoI 2017

Festival of Ideas 2017

During June 2017 Edge Hill University will be  hosting its second Festival of Ideas which will explore themes of Identity and Belonging in a stimulating programme of debates, talks, films, exhibitions, round-tables and performances.

IDENTITY draws on academic strands within the University’s three research institutes and is a response to public discussions about, and intellectual speculation on, what makes us who we are. The programme will look at Identity as incomplete, protean, restless, open-ended, flexible, and versatile… existing in fluidity rather than ‘fixed’ characteristics.

Ideas around patient identity will be explored, focusing on the importance of the patient voice, which can easily be overlooked in a metrics-driven health and social care system, and the individual needs, values, beliefs, preferences and social circumstances that underpin personalised treatment and care.

The Festival will open up debates on gender fluidity and non-binary sexualities, on the current momentum of political fluidity using Scottish independence and Brexit as examples of the concept of conflicting and mutating notions of identity, as well as the contrasting ideas of identity shaped by class, age, gender, sexuality or disability. It will also look at the way in which place affects identity, examining the ‘North’ in the wake of the Northern Powerhouse, the diasporic cultures of exile and displacement prompted by global migration, and the concept of regional, urban or rural identities.

As we enter an era where our identity will be increasingly defined and decoded by the algorithms of artificial intelligence, how will human beings respond to the impact of technological classification? #EHUIdentity


FoI 2016

Festival of Ideas 2016

Edge Hill University launches its first Festival of Ideas in 2016 with a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Imagining Better will be a festival of creative thinking for challenging times, making space for crucial conversations and new ideas for the arts, healthcare and public policy.

Imagining Better has been programmed by Edge Hill University’s three cross-disciplinary research institutes and includes the University’s Spring Programme of Professorial lectures and a strand of arts activity.

He Named Me Malala
ICE and I4P Film Screening – Speakers include Oscar-winning film producer Mia Bays, Birds Eye View
Wednesday 20th January 2016 – 3:00 – 5:30pm

The Role and Relevance of Psychology in Today’s World
Guest Lecture – Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

ICE and I4P Film Screening – Speakers include Oscar-winning film producer Mia Bays, Birds Eye View and Gail Heath, CEO of The Pankhurst Trust
Wednesday 20th January 2016 – 7:00 – 9:30pm

Cultural Policies, Regional Development and Inequalities
ICE Public Lecture – Professor Kate Oakley, University of Leeds
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

53rd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour
Wednesday 3rd February 7.30pm

Exhibition – Street View
Thursday 4th February 2016 – 9:00am – 6:00pm

Exhibition – Close to Home: Between The Tides
Close to Home: Between the Tides – Karen Shepherdson
Thursday 4th February 2016 – 9:00am – 8th Feb 2016, 6:00pm

An Extravaganza Celebration of Chinese New Year 2016
Thursday 4th February – 5.00pm

The Art of the Demographic Dividend
Faculty of Health and Social Care Guest Lecture – Professor Desmond O’Neill
Thursday 4th February 2016 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Thinking outside of the box – ideas, multi-disciplinary and collaboration in health research
Faculty of Health and Social Care Workshop – Professor Sally Spencer
Tuesday 9th February 2016 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Inequality: The Enemy Between Us
I4P 3rd Annual Lecture – Professor Kate Pickett, University of York
Tuesday 9th February 2016 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers
I4P Public Lecture – Emy Onuora and Peter Hooton in Conversation
Wednesday 10th February 2016 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Childhood Studies, Childhood Sociology and Social Justice
Inaugural Lecture Series – Professor Tom Cockburn
Thursday 11th February 2016 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

In Conversation with Jonathan Coe
Thursday 11th February 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Disruptive change: a social good or a waste of people’s lives?
I4P Public Lecture – Professor Carolyn Kagan, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tuesday 16th February 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Universities and Communities – Together, Tethered or Torn?
I4P Public Lecture – Professor Thomas A. Bryer, University of Central Florida
Monday 22nd February 2016 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Symposium – Taking it to the Streets: Empowering Interactions with the Urban Environment
Dr Andrea Capstick, Bradford University and Morag Rose, University of Sheffield
Tuesday 23rd February 2016 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Alzheimer’s Research UK
Faculty of Health and Social Care Guest Lecture – Dr Simon Ridley
Thursday 25th February 2016 – 5:30 – 8:00pm

In Conversation with Terence Davies
ICE Guest Lecture – Terence Davies
Thursday 25th February 2016 – 6:30 – 8:00pm

Economic Inequality: A messy social problem
I4P Public Lecture – Dr Nat O’Connor, Ulster University
Tuesday 1st March 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

New British Cinema: A Resurgence of Independent Cinema?
Book Reading – Professor Jason Wood, Manchester Metropolitan University
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Human Touch
Faculty of Health and Social Care Performance – Breathe Out Theatre
Wednesday 9th March 2016 – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Strategic leadership for the management of emergency services: case for a new research agenda
Inaugural Lecture – Professor Paresh Wankhade
Thursday 10th March 2016 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Portraits of British Muslims –  Zahir Rafiq
Exhibition – Portraits of British Muslims
Monday 14th March 2016 – 9:00am – Friday 1st April 6:00pm

If integration is the answer, what was the question? What next for health and social care partnerships
I4P Public Lecture – Professor Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham
Thursday 14th April 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm