Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2022 Dates Announced

Leeds International Festival of Ideas Yotam Ottolenghi

Leeds International Festival of Ideas (LIFI) is back for 2022. And with a brand new line-up, it’s ready to welcome big names, embrace new perspectives and tackle some of the most crucial questions of our time.

Its highly successful debut in 2021 saw a programme packed with key figures and emotive topics. It was the first time the festival had placed the spotlight firmly on ideas, and the events welcomed more than 1,200 people to hear from 30 inspiring speakers in three of Leeds’ most iconic intimate venues. Headliners Katherine Ryan, George Clarke and Kanya King CBE addressed rapt audiences with their keynote addresses, while further panel events considered a range of pressing questions – exploring everything from sustainable growth and the future of eating to identity and loneliness.

Leeds International Festival of Ideas David Olusoga

“A glimpse in to diverse perspectives”

Its new direction is firmly established and there’s an exciting year ahead. And the LIFI team also have revealed the first details of this year’s festival. It’ll run from September 22nd until 25th. And the 2022 events will take place in the Howard Assembly Room and Howard Opera Centre. The New Briggate location will also form a central hub for all festival goings-on. What better way to celebrate ideas than in Leeds’ new premier venue.

The festival’s first three guests have also been announced as British-Nigerian historian and broadcaster David Olusoga OBE; acclaimed chef, restaurateur and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi; and Lara Lewington.

These initial speakers offer a glimpse into the diverse perspectives set to be showcased throughout the festival. Working in partnership with Opera North, Bruntwood and Weightmans, LIFI’s organisers are planning a programme filled with today’s most pressing topics. There’s also bound to be an abundance of questions and opinions.

Leeds International Festival of Ideas Lara Lewington


Lara Lewington is a Technology Presenter who is appearing at LIFI22. She said “Looking forward to Leeds International Festival of Ideas, where I’ll be talking to a panel of experts about the metaverse. Do they see it as a dark dangerous path, or a liberating online life?”

Themes will range from mental health and climate inequality to comedy. Add to that the metaverse and what’s acceptable to laugh about, there’ll be no shortage of thought-provoking discussions and healthy debate.

The full programme is set to be released as tickets go on sale on April 26th. And Leeds International Festival of Ideas looks to be coming back bigger than ever for 2022.

To explore the line-up and buy tickets, visit leedsinternationalfestival.com


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