Lancaster festival will stimulate debate

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A festival designed to stimulate social and political debate will begin in the city in February.

Lancaster Arts will debut the Festival of Questions from February 2-20.

The festival is a series of talks, panel discussions, workshops and cultural projects designed to stimulate debate on key social, economic and political questions of our time.

Through presentations in venues large and small, together with conversation and content shared online, ‘FestQ’ will see Lancaster animated through debate.

Key events bring prominent thinkers to Lancaster, including political commentator Owen Jones, historian David Kynaston, journalist David Goodhart, writer Melissa Benn, artist Season Butler, campaigner Alvin Carpio, and Lancaster University’s Vice Chancellor, the Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP.

These speakers will reflect on questions such as, the war in Syria: how should the world respond? Do young people stand a chance in modern Britain? Is the internet good for feminism? Should we welcome refugees? In what ways can older people challenge loneliness?

The festival is presented in partnership with Modern Culture at the Storey venue in Lancaster.

“Day of Questions 1” will be held on Saturday February 6 and “Day of Questions 2” on February 20 at The Storey.

For more information visit www.lancasterarts.org/festq.