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About the LSE Festival

Last year's Festival explored how the social sciences could shape a better world in the face of the global pandemic, but how do we make those big ideas a reality? This year's Festival will explore the practical steps we could be taking.

The LSE Festival will take place from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 June 2022 and is 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 and the full programme will be announced in spring 2022. 

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 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, Diane Abbott. 

Over the last four years: 

  • We welcomed over 14,000 visitors to the LSE capus and over 8,000 live online viewers
  • Our podcasts were downloaded over 2.5 million times
  • Our event videos were watched 250,000 times 

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