Festival of Questions is a three-week programme of special events, panel discussions and cultural projects, at venues across Lancaster in February 2016.

Festival of Questions Listings Brochure

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FestQ looks at social and cultural questions of our time. The programme is a rich mix of talks, panel discussions, theatre and presentation from internationally recognised speakers and artists. Events can be found in the city of Lancaster at venues like The Storey and on campus at Lancaster University between 2nd and the 20th February 2016. 

Join us to explore how culture can frame our conversations, and help us make sense of the world we live in.

Join in on Twitter with #FestQ and #myquestionis.

FestQ is presented in partnership with Modern Culture and in association wth the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Lancaster University

A festival concerned with domestic and global issues, with highlights including:

‘Is the Internet Good for Feminism?’, with Shoshana Devora, editor at The F- Word, and Caroline Criado-Perez, feminist campaigner (Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year (2013), The Guardian’s People of the Year) and author of 'Do It Like A Woman…And Change The World’ (dubbed ‘a manifesto for women everywhere’ in The Sunday Times).

Afghan refugee turned politics major and author Gulwali Passaralay joins ex-Demos Director David Goodhart, journalist Homa Khaleeli and BBC broadcaster Colin Grant to help answer Should We Welcome Refugees?

Columnist and commentator Owen Jones on The Politics of Hope, his vision for an ethical, equality based approach to British politics. 

Beirut based Tania El Khoury's Gardens Speak - an immersive interactive sound and theatre experience allowing audiences to connect with the oral histories of Syrian men and women who lost their lives in the conflict.

Belgian artist Sarah Vanhee debuts the UK premiere of Oblivion making visible the hidden reality of waste denial within western consumer society.

David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain (dubbed 'book of the decade' in The Sunday Times) joins campaigner Melissa Benn and writers Shiv Malik and Lynsey Hanley to ask in today's society - Are We All 'In It Together?

The festival closes with Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood considering what the Northern Powerhouse may mean for the region in conversation with Prof Geraint Johnes from Lancaster University.

For our younger audiences, a special edition Messy Gallery complements Unicorn & Filskit Theatre’s Breaking the Ice.

Featured image: Season Butler, Happiness Forgets

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 w Chetham's Orchestra
Thursday 17 February
Great Hall, Lancaster University, 7.30pm

Is the Internet Good for Feminism?

With Caroline Criado-Perez, Polly Davis, Shoshana Devora & Debra Ferreday
Saturday 20 February
The Music Room, The Storey, Lancaster, 12-1.15pm

Will the Earth Outlast the Human? 

With Nigel Clark, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Joanna Zylinska & Andy Jarvis
Saturday 20 February
The Reading Room, The Storey, Lancaster, 3.30-4.45pm

Do Young People Stand a Chance in Modern Britain? 

With Alvin Carpio, Kirsty Finn, Roxy Legane & John Urry
Saturday 20 February
The Music Room, The Storey, Lancaster, 2-3.15pm

What is the Price of the Powerhouse?

Cat Smith MP & Prof. Geraint Johnes in conversation
Saturday 20 February
The Music Room, The Storey, Lancaster, 5-6pm

Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope
(+ extra date, 19 May)
The Dukes, Lancaster, 8.00pm

Featured image: Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood

SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY FULL PROGRAMME

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Upcoming Highlights:

Hear Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1, a composition premiered after the Stalin era yet composed during the height of the regime
Thurs 17 February, Great Hall, Lancaster University, 7.30pm

As part of our FESTQ FRINGE programme, artists from across the North West ask, Why Collaborate? Sat 20 February, The Lecture Theatre, The Storey, 2.30pm

What role can cinema play in societies following international conflict? How can films affect how we understand and remember war? This FESTQ FRINGE event aims to unpick some of these issues. Sat 20 February, The Lecture Theatre, 4pm

Upcoming Highlights:

What can 80s US sit-com The Cosby Show tell us about attitudes to multi-culturalism and difference today? Happiness Forgets is a performance lecture that does just that
Fri 12 February
The Storey, Lancaster, 8pm

Do Young People Stand A Chance in Modern Britain?

With Alvin Carpio, Kirsty Finn, Roxy Legane & John Urry
Sat 20 February
The Storey, Lancaster, 2.00pm

What is the Price of the Powerhouse?

Join Prof. Geraint Johnes in conversation with Cat Smtih
Sat 20 February
The Storey, Lancaster, 5.00pm

Past Highlights:

Tania El Khoury: Gardens Speak
Wednesday 3 - Saturday 6 February
The Storey, Lancaster University, 6pm & 7pm (Weds), then from 2pm onwards (Thurs), 1pm onwards (Fri), 12pm onwards (Sat)

Should We Welcome Refugees? Talk w Colin Grant (chair), Gulwani Passarlay, David Goodhart & Homa Khaleeli
Saturday 6 February
The Storey, Lancaster, 11.00am

The War In Syria: How Should The World Respond? Talk w Rachel Shabi (Chair), Robin Yassin-Kassab, Malu Halasa & Simon Mabon
Saturday 6 February
The Storey, Lancaster, 3.30pm

Upcoming Highlights:

The Vagina Monolancs 
Sat 13 February & Sun 14 February
Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University, 6pm

Is the Internet Good for Feminism?

With Caroline Criado-Perez, Polly Davis, Shoshana Devora & Debra Ferreday
Sat 20 February
The Storey, Lancaster, 12.00pm

Upcoming Highlights:

Consider climate change at the family events Messy Gallery and Breaing the Ice  
Monday 15 February, Tuesday 16 February
Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster

Will The Earth Outlast the Human?
As evidence to suggest that we are heading into a new geological epoch gathers,join Nigel Clark, Andy Jarvis, Bron Szerszynski and Joanna Zylinska to explore whether it is time to declare the beginning of a new geological period: the ‘Age of the Anthropocene’.

Sat 20 February
The Storey, Lancaster, 2pm

Listen again to our panels from Saturday 6 February via audio podcasts, with speakers including Melissa Benn, David Kynaston, Lynsey Hanley and Shiv Malik.

Ahead of our panel on the prospects for Britain's millenials on Saturday 20, read an interview between panellist Alvin Carpio and Lancaster University Chancellor the Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn: Do Young People Stand A Chance In Modern Britain?

For social media users, join in at #FestQ #myquestionis