Programmed by Edge Hill’s three Research Institute, the Festival of Ideas is a series of talks, exhibitions and performances featuring famous faces and industry influencers to engage academics, students and members of the public in topical conversations and debates.

The two weeks of free events opens with a photography exhibition in the University’s Performing Arts Centre on Monday 14 October. Helen Newall and Geof Atwell present A decade of EHU undergraduate drama productions in still photography, which will be on display all day.

Lisa Nandy – a labour MP in Wigan – will be in conversation in the Faculty of Education lecture theatre at the start of the next week, and on Tuesday (15 October) Director, Mike Hodges, will be taking part in a question and answer session after a screening of his film Flash Gordon in the Creative Edge, on Edge Hill’s campus. 

Other high-profile people will be joining the festival, including Liverpool-born screen and TV actor Joe McGann, and actress Rita Tushingham, who will discuss some of her films and reflect on class, cinema and the North with Professor Roger Shannon.

Running until Sunday 27 October, the festival will explore the theme of Exchanges: Creativity, Community, Curiosity. 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.

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The festival draws on academic strands within the University’s three Research Institutes; The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE); The Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR); and The Health Research Institute (HRI).

While some events require registration, all of the events are free and are hosted at either the University’s campus itself or venues that are easily accessible.

To read more about the Festival of Ideas and the scheduled events, visit