31/03/2022 - 10/04/2022

Stay at University Arms and visit The Cambridge Festival.

Political crises, the past, present and future of eastern world orders, the outlook for feminism, new technologies and treatments for a range of diseases, and the state of our natural world top the bill at this year’s Festival, which returns with an extensive programme of events.

The Cambridge Festival is set to host over 350 in-person and online events. The programme tackles and offers solutions for some of our most pressing issues, from the multiple crises in politics, health and climate change to global economics and human rights. Nearly all of the events are free.

Prominent figures and experts in the world of current affairs, science, arts, and culture are speaking at this year’s Festival. These include author Jeannette Winterson; Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Martin Rees; former head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 and President of Murray Edwards College, Dorothy Byrne; chief foreign affairs commentator at the Financial Times, Gideon Rachman; geneticist, obesity researcher and broadcaster, Dr Giles Yeo; Behavioural Science Lead at the Cabinet Office, Dr Moira Nicolson; virologist and broadcaster, Dr Chris Smith; and Professor of Politics David Runciman.

Divided into four key themes: society, health, environment and discovery, the programme includes debates, talks, exhibitions, lab tours, workshops, films, and performances. The aim is to present new ideas, cutting-edge research and historical insight into the issues that affect all of us. There are also hundreds of interactive events geared towards children, young people, and families.

Tipped to be another firm favourite with families is the Deception Island Hut. Visitors are invited to embark on an immersive poetry, sound, and film expedition as they step inside a replica 1959 Antarctic hut and are transported to Deception Island, a tiny caldera in the Antarctic Ocean, battered by the fiercest seas in the world and shaken by volcanic activity.

The full programme is found via www.festival.cam.ac.uk Bookings open on the same day from 10am.