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About the LSE Festival

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. All events are free to attend and open to all.

This year's Festival took place from Monday 12 to Saturday 17 June 2023 on the theme of "People and Change": how does change affect people? How do people effect change? Throughout Festival week we considered the impacts of a rapidly changing world on people and communities, but also the power of individuals and groups to shape a better future. You can catch up with recordings and other content.

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

Over the last five years: 

  • We welcomed over 15,000 visitors to the LSE campus and over 10,000 live online viewers
  • Our podcasts were downloaded over 2.5 million times
  • Our event videos were watched 250,000 times 

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