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The Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics

Date: 20 to 26 March 2023

Venue: Various locations and online

Category: Festival


This year’s festival, will explore the theme, ‘Brain Food: A Feast of Ideas for A Better World’ with a programme of film, humour, talks, music, poetry, theatre, exhibitions, tours, discussion and workshops.

Now in its ninth year, the week-long festival has over 130 in-person and online events. Most events are free and will take place online and in venues across the city.

Keynote speakers include:

  • the world-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky;
  • American political scientist Francis Fukuyama;
  • British environmentalist Jonathon Porritt;
  • Belfast poet Medbh McGuckian;
  • campaigner George Monbiot;
  • visual artist Colin Davidson: journalist Sally Hayden and
  • satirist Oliver Callan. 

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