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

Located on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester, MediaCityUK will be our home for 2020.

The festival is a non-party forum for those many citizens who are deeply interested in policy and looking for serious debate on the topical issues of the day, but alienated by traditional party politics. At our fourth, now iconic national event, we’ll be highlighting the pace of technological and societal change and exploring innovative approaches to some of the deepest policy challenges; debating huge array of issues to discover and share innovative approaches to some of the deepest policy challenges we face.


The Festival

In 2020 we will have unique tents at the festival where we will tackle diverse topics across a range of themes including politics, environment, society, economics, tech innovations and much, much more:


Our 2020 tents

  • Communities
  • UK
  • Global
  • Truth and Evidence
  • Arts and Recreation
  • Taboo
  • Innovation Marketplace


How to get involved in the 2020 Festival

Have a burning topic or interesting idea that you’d like to see at the festival? Share it here!

Become a Festival Hero

Find out about sponsorship opportunities

Become a Member


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