The Sussex Festival of Ideas is a dynamic and engaging programme of talks, events and activities, from the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex.

The Festival of Ideas has been developed as a platform to connect students, staff and the community. It aims to harness the transformative power of the arts and humanities to fashion new ways of thinking about the past, present and future. 

The inaugural Festival took place across four days in 2021 with a four-day programme of more than thirty events. Since then, the Festival has consisted of a programme of on-campus talks and events co-created by Sussex staff and students held between March-April and a curated programme of events hosted at venues across the region as part of the official Brighton Festival programme in May. 

The 2024 Festival programme comprises a week of on-campus student-led activities between 22-27 April and six events showcasing Sussex research as part of the Brighton Festival in May. 

An Inclusive Future that Values Experimentation, Creativity and Collaboration” Our vision
The Festival will connect students, staff and the community to harness the transformative power of the arts and humanities” Our mission


Ben Burbridge(Steering Group Chair)

Marina Dekavalla (Campus-strand lead)

Laura Mousavi-Zadeh (Festival Producer)

Mat Dimock

Medeni Fordham

Ed Hughes

Margaretta Jolly

Philip Stentiford