Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh MSP pictured with the Festival of Politics programme

The Festival of Politics returned on Wednesday 10 October 2018 with more debate, music and film!

The Scottish Parliament is proud to host our Festival of Politics and to present a programme which aims to provoke and inspire people of all ages and from every walk of life to listen, engage and debate.

Now in its 14th year, the Festival of Politics covers a range of topics, including major social, cultural and political anniversaries and movements that have swept the globe since 1918: from Suffrage to the #MeToo campaign; the end of the First World War and the importance of remembrance; Scotland’s Year of Young People; the politics of housing, disability and food banks; the impact and repercussions of Brexit, trade wars and a new Cold War; and finally a futures strand looking at mobile phone use and social media influence, a robot economy, and the changing face of public broadcasting.

Our participants include political grandees Lord Michael Heseltine and Dame Margaret Hodge MP, historian Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine OBE, global best-selling author and academic Professor Mary Beard, Booker Prize winning novelist and poet Ben Okri, and social commentator and Orwell Prize winner Darren McGarvey aka Loki.

All our speakers share a common need to speak out about issues of political and social importance which is why we are delighted to host the BBC’s flagship political programme, Question Time, as part of this year’s Festival.

Our Festival Café Bar will be alight with massed choirs, music and dance. An exhibition of original artwork from the graphic novel anthology in celebration of women gaining the vote in the UK, We Shall Fight Until We Win will hang alongside the Never Such Innocence exhibition of artwork and poetry by school-children in response to the First World War.

We look forward to welcoming all our Festival audiences for four days of spirited and engaging debate.

Rt Hon Ken Macintosh