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What is the Festival of Politics?

The Scottish Parliament is proud to host our annual 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.

Why visit the Festival of Politics?

Each year we welcome key players in UK politics – politicians, journalists, academics and commentators – who share a common need to speak out about issues of political and social importance, which is why we’re delighted to host the Festival of Politics at the Scottish Parliament.

Past participants have included 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.

Topics

The Festival of Politics covers a range of topics, including major social, cultural and political anniversaries and movements that have swept the globe: 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.

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Whether you’re a regular FoP attendee or are planning your first visit, be the first to hear the latest updates and speaker announcements by signing up to receive our Festival of Politics newsletter (sign up below) or follow us on Twitter @VisitScotParl.

Find out more

Make use of our planning essentials ahead of your visit to the Festival of Politics.

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