BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2017

Join leading thinkers as they slow down to examine The Speed of Life.

Former Formula One racing driver Damon Hill OBE, Harriet Harman MP, former health minister Edwina Currie, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, author Sathnam Sanghera, poet Simon Armitage, songwriter Richard Hawley, humanitarian campaigner Terry Waite, physicist Jim Al-Khalili, acclaimed American author George Sanders and British writers Paul McVeigh, Jenn Ashworth and Kirsty Logan are among the brightest minds, leading thinkers and world class musicians brought together by BBC Radio 3 for an inspiring festival of provocative debate, new ideas, arts performances and live music.

This year’s opening lecturer will be given by leading neuroscientist and sleep expert Professor Russell Foster and author Kirsty Logan. The festival will also feature live performances from pianist Lars Vogt, with members of Royal Northern Sinfonia, Newcastle-based jazz duo Diachronicx, and pianola expert Rex Lawson.

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

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Past events in this festival