What To Expect
At this year's Big Tent Ideas Festival
The Big Tent Ideas Festival brings together the popular literary festival format with the big challenges of contemporary politics. Following the success of our launch event last year, Big Tent Ideas Fest 18 will be ten times bigger and include:
- Inspiring and provocative conversations in our Economy, Society and Politics Tents
- Technology tents showcasing the innovations that are transforming the worlds of health, housing and transport
- Our new Global Britain Tent exploring Britain’s place in the world beyond Brexit
We hope the Big Tent will launch a movement of change, reform, opportunity, empowerment, responsibility and a renewed sense of active citizenship. We do not claim to have all the answers, but we hope to at least ask the right questions. Of the right people. In the right forum. In the right spirit.
This Ideas Fest is part of the Capital Ideas Foundation - a non-party political body to promote the benefits of free enterprise and entrepreneurialism, and the values and virtues of the entrepreneurial spirit in our society, economy and our politics.
Fri 7th - Sat 8th September 2018
Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge
We are delighted to announce that with a focus on “Innovative solutions to the big challenges facing a new generation” - this year’s Festival will be in Cambridge, at the world renowned Babraham Research and Innovation Campus.
Set in the beautiful grounds of historic Babraham Hall, the campus is home to some of the most exciting and innovative research and companies in the UK.
A short distance from both Cambridge and Whittlesford railway stations, easily accessible from London, the North and Midlands, the Babraham Campus is an international centre of the innovative thinking and delivery the BigTent is all about.
Last Year’s Festival
The inaugural Ideas Festival (launched 21-22 Sept 2017) was put together by a team who share a deep belief that our politics needs a more open, grassroots, participative, bottom-up conversation with the people on the frontline of social and economic renewal.
2017's highly successful two-day event – broadcast live on Sky News, trending nationwide on Twitter, and reported in The Times, FT, and the BBC – saw a diverse range of speakers descend on rural Berkshire, including: Liam Halligan on the real legacy of the Great Crash, Roger Scruton on the true nature of Citizenship, Macron's En Marche Campaign Manager in the UK on 'Insurgent Politics', Lord Bird on the potential of Social Enterprise, leading entrepreneurs on the 21st Century Economy, and the chair of the Prime Minister's Policy Board on the need for a new kind of politics.
Big Tent 2017 was partnered with Reaction, inviting contributors to write-up their ‘Big Ideas’ for the UK after Brexit.