London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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Events Archive

Robert Winston
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 11:00am

History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for medicine? Is there a darker side that we ignore?

Alexandra Harris, Rachel Lichtenstein
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 11:00am

In Weatherland, Alexandra Harris’s subject is not the weather itself but the weather as it is daily recreated in the human imagination. She builds her remarkable story from small evocative details and catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one.

Michael Goldfarb, Daniel Johnson, Jonathan Shanin, Ann Treneman, Peter Trubowitz, Chair: Mark Lawson
Saturday, 4 March 2017 - 8:00pm

The arrival of President Trump and the threat of Europe's so-called alt-right are already having far-reaching implications around the world. Our panel of experts assess whether Trump's America will be a gun-slinging new version of The Wild West - a 'boom or bust' era - and analyse the likely consequences of US foreign policy for the rest of us. Join us as we reflect on the West's future.

Yuval Boim, Henry Goodman, Ed Stoppard, Violinist: Simon Hewitt Jones, Written by James Inverne, Directed by Benjamin Kamine
Saturday, 4 March 2017 - 8:00pm

Palestine, 1925. A celebrated visitor, an eccentric genius, a future leader...and music that sings of dreams and destinies, of life, and death.

Susan Greenfield, Chair: Daniel Glaser
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 8:30pm



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David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-fesitval event.