2021 Malvern Festival of Ideas to Take Place Online

The Malvern Festival of Ideas, a multidisciplinary festival of ideas that takes place in Malvern,  Worcestershire, will mark its 10-year anniversary with an online event over the weekend of the 5th-7th of March.  

The organisers have taken the decision to title the festival around Unity and Diversity. The programme includes prominent names from the world of health, journalism, politics and  finance. The opening speaker is Shami Chakrabarti, speaking on ‘Unity, Diversity and Hope for the  Future’. Other speakers include author and historian Rachel Holmes; doctor and academic John  Ashton; politician and author Vince Cable; economist Mervyn King; political commentator Paul  Mason; climatologist Mark Maslin; philosopher Roman Krznaric; academic Kalwant Bhopal; and  journalist Amelia Gentleman.  

Kalwant Bhopal, Paul Mason and Shami Chakrabarti will all be speaking at the festival.

​In addition, there is a programme of open-access science talks for all ages on Saturday 6 March.  These include topics such as The Science of Superheroes with Robert Walsh; Zooniverse for  community building, led by Chicago-based astrophysicist Grace Wolf-Chase; and environmental impact of everyday tasks led by Scientists for Global Responsibility. 

Andrew Webb, founder of the Malvern Festival of Ideas, told Worcestershire Transformed: 

We are delighted that the Festival is taking place this year, despite the pandemic. We have attempted to keep some of the features of an in-person event, such as questions from the audience and book-signing sessions, as well as taking advantage of an online event by having speakers from as far away as Chicago and Los Angeles. We are grateful for the support from all speakers and session hosts to make this happen.

Registering for the Festival enables participants to put their questions to the speakers via the session host. The registration website is  https://digital.malvernfestivalofideas.org.uk/

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