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.

The second edition of the Festival consisted of two elements:

A two-day programme of talks, events, workshops, conversations, screenings and performances co-created by Sussex staff and students at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March.

A curated programme of events hosted at venues across the region as part of the 2022 Brighton Festival in May.

Plans for the 2023 Festival are now underway.

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


Professor Mat Dimmock (Steering Group Chair)

Professor Ben Burbridge

Professor Flora Dennis

Medeni Fordham

Professor Margaretta Jolly

Ian Tout