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Welcome to Malvern Festival of Ideas
4-6 March 2022

Conversation. Discussion. Education.

The theme for 2022 is Imagine. With our wealth of art, science, literature and history, what is the world we imagine? What is the future of democracy, the Union, the health and education services and the environment? Can we imagine a world where we act for the benefits of the earth’s communities? What steps should we be taking? These are just some of the questions we hope to address. 

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About Us

Malvern Festival of Ideas is a multidisciplinary festival of ideas that takes place in Malvern, Worcestershire. It is a themed weekend of talks, discussion and activities.

Check out our current speakers and presenters below. The full schedule will be published early 2022. 

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Our Speakers


Tim Jackson

Ecological Economist, Writer and Playwright

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Jane Davidson

Former minister for environment, sustainability and housing in the Welsh Government


Dominic Grieve

British barrister and former politician and Attorney General

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Melissa Benn

Journalist, Writer and Campaigner

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Will Hutton

Journalist, Author and Chief Executive


Steve Richards

Broadcaster and political columnist

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Raoul Martinez

Artist, Writer, and Documentarian

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Onjali Q Raúf

Bestselling author and human rights activist

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Tom McLeish

Theoretical Physicist, Academic Leader and Author


Julia Neuberger

Rabbi, Crossbench Peer, Social Commentator and Writer

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Tom Crawford

Teaching and Outreach Fellow in Mathematics

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Lucy Eckersley

Wild Animal Biologist and Science Presenter

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Hannah McDowall and Jake Garber

Canopy Social Imagination Project

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Malvern Festival of Ideas 2022 Tickets

Tickets for the sessions will be available early 2022. This year, we have a Progressive Payment System:

  • Standard - the price that enables us to recover costs;

  • Patron - an enhanced price that supports our discounted ticket;

  • Discount - a subsidised ticket.

You choose the ticket price suitable for you. 

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The Team

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Andrew Webb

Festival Director

Sian Evans

Speaker Liaison

Laura Davies

Publicity and marketing

Dylan Cochrane

Video and image production

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Miriam Webb

Programme Planning

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Our Venues

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Malvern St James School

15 Avenue Rd, Malvern WR14 3BA
Conveniently located close to Great Malvern railway station, the school provides all catering and conference requirements for most of the sessions.

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Malvern Cube Community Centre

Albert Road North, Malvern, WR14 2YF
A short walk from the school, the Cube is the venue for the Family Day activities and science presentations.

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The Visit the Malverns website has an accommodation finder & interactive map to browse all of its accommodation listings. The Abbey Hotel has provided preferential rates for Festival attenders.

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Abbey Hotel

Abbey Rd, Great Malvern WR14 3ET

Go to the Abbey Hotel website, put in your date of arrival and departure and then click on the ‘more options’ box.  In this box type 040322FEST which will bring up the rates

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Past Events

Recent Festivals

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2021: Unity and Diversity

Is the uniting force in some ways is stronger than divisions? What can we learn from our (positive) experiences and build on to face future threats and how? How do we need to change? What reforms are needed?

2020: Brave New World

In a rapidly changing world, can we look to the future positively and with hope? In what ways can emerging ideas in areas relating to social policy, economics, medicine, science, politics, psychology, arts, foreign policy and faith lead to a better world?

2019: Crisis

Exploring crisis in the NHS, mental health, democracy and politics: what are the issues and are we able to address them?

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Get in Touch

Great Malvern, Malvern WR14, UK

01684 565708

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