Festival of Debate 2018 is now over.

Thank you to all partners, sponsors, funders, staff, volunteers and audience members who supported the festival across its ten-week span. We really couldn't have done it without you.

We will now spend some time evaluating the work we did this year, so if you've got thoughts, please let us know:


See you next year,

Opus Independents

A round-up of Festival of Debate 2018, featuring Yanis Varoufakis, Ed Miliband & Geoff Lloyd, Reni-Eddo Lodge and plenty more.

Founded in 2015, Festival of Debate is a series of panel discussions, debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events in Sheffield, exploring politics, economics and society.

Festival of Debate is coordinated by not-for-profit company Opus Independents in collaboration with over 40 partner organisations across the city. 2018's programme took place in April, May and June and featured over 70 events of all shapes and sizes.

This year's Festival strands were Culture, Self & Identity, Democracy & ActivismFairness & EqualityFutures, and Science & Environment.