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This 2023 Leeds International Festival of Ideas is once again brimming with a captivating line-up of thought-provoking speakers.

Christopher Eccleston

There will be no shortage of enthralling hosts leading the debate and asking the questions at this year’s Leeds International Festival of Ideas.

Returning to the city for another year of intellect, creativity, and inspiration, LIFI is proud to announce names including Christopher Eccleston, Naga Munchetty, Sarah Powell, Davina McCall, Matt Baker, Ruby Wax and Will Young who will be asking the questions and exploring new ideas and perspectives on a diverse range of topics.

Bringing together leading thinkers, writers, artists, and experts from various fields, including science, technology, politics, culture, and the arts, the festival, which takes place from the 27th – 30th September will once again provide a platform for people to share their ideas and insights, and to engage with a wide audience.

Naga Munchetty

This year’s impressive line-up promises an unforgettable experience, ensuring that attendees will be treated to an unparalleled fusion of thought-provoking subjects.

Renowned actor Christopher Eccleston will grace the festival’s stage as the headline act on the Saturday and is sure to captivate audiences with his insightful perspectives and engaging presence. Eccleston’s remarkable career and thought-provoking contributions make him the perfect addition to the festival’s lineup, promising an unforgettable experience for attendees.

Matt Baker

His chat entitled Arts and Culture – For The Many Or the Few? will see him share his story as a working class actor and the need to keep voices such as his alive across the arts and cultural scene, and why this is fundamental to society at large.

As part of the festival’s commitment to presenting a diverse range of stimulating discussions and debates, esteemed hosts have been announced for several captivating events. Naga Munchetty, a celebrated broadcaster known for her incisive interviews, will bring her expertise to “Other Side of the Coin.”

Munchetty will engage in a compelling conversation with esteemed guests Sir Jon Cunliffe and Tom Duff Gordon, delving into intriguing aspects on the future of currency.

Another highly anticipated event, “Invisible Rule of Law,” with Rob Rinder will be hosted by the talented BBC Journalist Lotty Leeming, hoping to shed light on the often unseen influence of the rule of law. Their perspectives and experiences promise to challenge conventional notions and ignite meaningful conversations.


Speaker and podcaster Sarah Powell is set to host the journey to mindfulness with Ruby Wax OBE while Anisa Morridadi, known for her exceptional interviewing skills, will host the already sold out talk featuring the distinguished Steven Bartlett on how to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of business.

Steven Bartlett

Davina McCall presents a discussion on when will women’s health be taken seriously while Dame Prue Leith will be joined by Will Young to discuss how do we talk about grief and other highlights including Matt Baker hosting Could Living The Good Life Save The Planet?

The festival is also thrilled to welcome Divina De Campo as the host of a captivating chat with the charismatic Bimini. De Campo’s charm and charisma will create an engaging environment for an enlightening conversation that explores various dimensions of creativity and self-expression.

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