Festival of Ideas Reimagined

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

Hertfordshire’s Festival of Ideas will be relaunched virtually on the 28th June, due to the ongoing pandemic, as part of Hertfordshire Year of Culture. The relaunch of the festival will allow the public to enjoy the festival on the day or pick their own schedule for the day, according to the University of Hertfordshire.

Vice Chancellor Quintin McKellar CBE said: “[The festival] will celebrate the restorative qualities that the arts and literature can offer to help sustain us through periods of crisis, as well as thoughts on what our world might look like after the pandemic.”

New additions to the line up include: Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr Mairi Watson, who will be sharing her thoughts on how the student experience will be changed by the pandemic; Principal Lecturer Dr Joanne McDowell who will discuss how we should degender jobs during the pandemic; Jonathan Porritt will look at the pandemic from a substainability perspective; Professor Richard Wiseman will present his online social distancing game ‘Can You Save the World’, which was launched last month; to name just a few of the speakers lined up for this year’s festival.

For further information on the festival’s line up, and to sign up for exclusive previews, click here.

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Festival of Ideas Reimagined