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Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2012

Explore the big ideas in the arts, humanities and social sciences for free at the 2012 Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The Festival offers hundreds of free talks, hands on activities, film screenings and workshops for all ages and will take place from Wednesday 24 October – Sunday 4 November 2012. The main day of the Festival on Saturday 27 October is bursting with free events for the whole family to enjoy on the University’s Sidgwick Site.
The theme of the Festival is ‘dreams and nightmares’. From the nightmare of global conflict and online Big Brothers to dreams of spiritual transcendence, this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas will keep you wide awake, entertained and stimulated this autumn.
Speakers at the host of debates and talks include China expert Martin Jacques, Radio 4 Controller Gwyneth Williams and Executive Editor of The Economist, Daniel Franklin.
The debates cover issues as wide-ranging as the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the future of the BRICs, the social impact on the West of the rise of China and the US elections.
The main day of the Festival on Saturday 27 October is packed full of talks and debates for adults and workshops and performances for children. There will be performances by three acclaimed authors and poets, Lauren Child, best known for her Charlie and Lola series; Andy Stanton of Mr Gum fame; and legendary Rasta and performance poet, Benjamin Zephaniah.
Interactive sessions range from making junk musical instruments, puppets, graffiti and circus workshops to an examination of the everyday practice of magic in medieval Egypt.
The events for children continue through half term week and, in keeping with the nightmare theme, include talks and handling sessions with slimy hagfish and blood-sucking mini-beasts. On Halloween, the Scott Polar Museum will be sharing close encounters with dreaming explorers, ghostly presences, trails and creative activities, spooky books and film.

For more information and a programme, please call: 01223 766766 or visit: www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas