Big Tent Ideas Festival 2020

It is with regret that we have taken the decision to postpone the Big Tent Ideas Festival 2020 and are looking at various alternatives; in particular how we can best support the evolving crisis, then the rebuilding that will be necessary.

We will be making announcements in the upcoming days and weeks so keep an eye on our website and social media.

In the meantime, stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

The Big Tent Foundation Board

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The Big Tent Values

  • Non-Partisan: Big Tent is strictly non-partisan; united by a desire to see progress for the UK through the broad engagement of multiple actors.
  • Dynamic: Passionate, energetic, creative and optimistic; leading change in new and exciting ways
  • Participative: Open to new ideas and encouraging of new voices and wide engagement; striving to provide a platform for all civilised viewpoints, a home for excluded views, diverse identities and 50:50 gender representation.
  • Collaborative: Convening and connecting original thinkers and innovators, seeking to catalyse progressive partnerships.
  • Pioneering: Harnessing the restless spirit of innovation and enterprise, challenging establishment politics, and democratising the process of policy making.

Become A Festival Hero

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us create the Big Tent Ideas Festival. Over the next year we are planning to run multiple festivals across the country, and we need you to get involved, whether that’s helping to create the festival with our team, or joining us on the day.

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February 17, 2020

Patchwork: bringing young voices to the Big Tent Ideas Festival

Imran Sanaullah MBE, CEO Patchwork Foundation Together, Patchwork and Big Tent hope to ensure that diverse voices across the country can re-engage with politics; to start working towards solutions founded…
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February 10, 2020

Park life: why we should let locals design their green surroundings

Dr Paul Goldsmith, Big Tent Board Member We want more greenery. We want to address climate change. We want to attract people back to our small towns and villages. We…
January 31, 2020

Big Tent Ideas Festival 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Big Tent Ideas Festival 2020 will be taking place on the 4th July.