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Festival of Debate

Each year, Sheffield's Festival of Debate sparks conversations that shift clouds from around some of the big issues we face. Through talks, poetry performances and workshops, it helps to clear paths towards answers to questions that can sometimes seem too big to ask.

The politics festival took place for the first time in 2015 as the country prepared for general election. Running for the tenth time from 16 April to 25 May, the 2024 edition explores solutions to some of the pressing issues that we face here in Sheffield and beyond.

Scroll down for our top 10 picks from the packed Festival of Debate 2024 programme.

For more, see the Festival of Debate website.

Festival of Debate is organised by the fine folks at Opus. Events take place in venues across the city and online. Many are free, while others are discounted for people on low/no wages.