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Festival of Debate announces 2019 programme


Having grown into the biggest festival of its kind in the UK, the Festival of Debate returns to Sheffield for its fifth year, bringing with it over 90 public events.

The Festival of Debate is a non-partisan city-wide festival exploring, debating and discussing key political and social issues.

Following the success of 2018, which featured appearances from Yanis Varoufakis, Ed Miliband, Reni Eddo-Lodge and others – 2019’s lineup hopes to provide the same high standard of thought-provoking debate and discussion.

This year, Sheffield can look forward to a lineup which includes acclaimed podcaster The Guilty Feminist, environmental activists George Monbiot and George Marshall, radio presenter James O’Brien, economist Paul Mason and famed poet Roger McGough.

If that’s not enough to sway you, the festival will also feature a wide range of smaller events including talks, panel discussions, workshops, film screenings and stand-up comedy.

New to 2019, the festival will include three ‘hub days’. These are day-long events comprised of smaller sessions exploring three key strands – Our Democracy, Our Planet and Living Together.

Sam Walby, programmer and producer at Festival of Debate, said: “We hope Festival of Debate 2019 goes some way towards encouraging discussion, open-mindedness and active citizenship in Sheffield.”

Festival of Debate runs in Sheffield from April 19th – June 1st, for the full programme and ticket details visit

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