Welcome to the archive

The Battle of Ideas festival has been running since 2005, offering a space for high-level, thought-provoking public debate. The festival’s motto is FREE SPEECH ALLOWED.

This archive is an opportunity to bring together recordings of debates from across the festival’s history, offering a wealth of ideas to be enjoyed. The archive also acts as a historical record that will be invaluable in understanding both the issues and concerns of earlier years and the ways in which debates have evolved over time.

Recordings by year

Recordings by theme

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