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Festival of Ideas

17 November 2010

Festival of Ideas

A variety night that brings a comic touch to academic research and a lecture by a television presenter and author are just some of the events in a new programme of activities at the University.

The Festival of Ideas, launched by the Community Engagement team, gives people the chance to think, discover and expand their mind through talks and concerts on subjects including science, the arts and the professional world.

Forthcoming events include Life Stories, a day-long workshop exploring the value and popularity of stories about people’s life experiences; a concert by Cardiff University’s chamber choir featuring music by Durufle, Poulenc and Eric Whitacre; and Bright Club – a comedy showcase for University lecturers and researchers to share the lighter side of academic life.

As part of the Festival, Kevin McCloud, presenter of Grand Designs will explore environmentally sound house design in a free public lecture and Professor Lloyd Peck of the British Antarctic Survey will reveal some of the weird and wonderful creatures that survive in the hostile conditions of the Southern Ocean.

Speaking about the Festival, Eluned Parrott, Community Engagement Manager, said; "Our first Festival of Ideas is a chance for the public to share and explore some of the most exciting ideas from Wales’s leading University.

"We are incredibly blessed that in Cardiff, we have a talented and diverse academic community with a huge variety of different interests. There’s no limit to the imagination of our staff and students – and no limit to the ideas they will be sharing during our Festival."

The Festival of Ideas runs until the end of December 2010. Most events are free and open to the public without prior booking, unless otherwise stated. For more information on the Festival or other public events please email

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