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About the LSE Festival

Building on previous LSE Festivals and adapting to the new normal, we will be hosting an online LSE Festival from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021 on the theme of Shaping the Post-COVID World, part of a wider research initiative exploring the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis. All content will be free and accessible to all, including a series of events via Zoom, Festival Live; a series of pre-recorded 10-minute talks with LSE faculty released over the course of the week, Festival Shorts; and a series of lunchtime taster sessions hosted by Executive Education, Skills for the Post-COVID World. The full programme will be announced on Monday 25 January 2021.

The LSE Festival is an intellectually stimulating series of events, which engages a wide public audience with LSE research and expertise. It brings together global leaders, innovators and change makers to investigate how we can learn lessons from the past, tackle the challenges of today and shape the future. The Festival draws on key thinkers as well as world-class LSE academics.

Festival events are imaginative, innovative, energetic, and use a variety of formats designed to stimulate thought and debate and engage a wide public audience in the research and character of LSE. We have hosted keynotes, panels discussions, film screenings, performances and exhibitions, as well as events for children and young people. 

We have had the pleasure of welcoming many high profile speakers, including David Lammy, Dr Ann Pettifor, Joe Cerrell, Amica Dall, Margaret Busby, Dr Daniel Susskind, Danny Dorling, Louise Doughty, Nicholas Timmins, Polly Toynbee, Lord Willetts, Danny Quah,Elif Shafak, Bridget Kendall, Diane Abbott. 

Over the last three years: 

  • We welcomed over 14,000 visitors to the Festival
  • Our podcasts were downloaded over 2 million times
  • Our event videos were watched 45,000 times 

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us at comms.events@lse.ac.uk