Founded in 2015, the Festival of Debate is the UK’s largest annual politics and activism festival, creating opportunities to bring people together to share new ideas and lived experience that can help shape our understanding of the world.
Coordinated by Opus, the Festival of Debate collaborates with a huge range of partner organisations – some local, some international. These include grassroots campaign groups, voluntary and community groups, universities and think tanks.
The Festival of Debate seeks to create a place where we are connected to each other, to our communities, to the institutions and new ideas that shape our lives and to conversations that start change.
Past keynote speakers have included Jeremy Corbyn, Gloria Steinem, Shon Faye, Armando Iannucci, Yanis Varoufakis, Reni-Eddo Lodge, Ed Miliband, Prof David Nutt, Owen Jones, Melissa Benn, Afua Hirsch, Francesca Martinez, Polly Toynbee, Nick Clegg, The Guilty Feminist, John Pilger, Grayson Perry, James O’Brien, Julian Assange, Paul Mason, Steve Silberman and George Monbiot.
Partners have included The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Ruskin in Sheffield, The Grantham Centre, Citizen Network, Our Mel, Sheffield Futures, Chilypep, DiEM25, MuseumsSheffield, UBI Lab Sheffield, Disability Sheffield, Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Doc/Fest, ACORN, ASSIST, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Tickets For Good, Sheffield Climate Alliance, Regather and many, many more.