The Festival of Debate has been a real success so far, so thank you to everyone who has come down to an event and involved themselves in debate and discussion. But it’s not over yet – we’ve got events running right through till the end of April. We wish we could fit them all on […]

The Festival of Debate has been a real success so far, so thank you to everyone who has come down to an event and involved themselves in debate and discussion. But it’s not over yet – we’ve got events running right through till the end of April.

We wish we could fit them all on this page, but here’s a sample. The full programme can be found at festivalofdebate.com. Most events are free and open to public discussion, but we would appreciate if you booked online in advance so we have an idea of numbers. If you require disabled access or have any questions, drop us a line on hello@festivalofdebate.com or tweet us on @FestOfDebate.

THE ALTERNATIVES TO AUSTERITY 
Sat 11 April| 7-9pm | Union St
An open discussion with a panel of experts explores the alternatives to austerity. Audience members invited to contribute before voting on their top ten policy ideas.

HOW TO BE AN ACTIVE CITIZEN 
Mon 13 April | 7pm | Union St
‘Active citizen’ Nigel Slack is on a mission to find out how decisions are made at Sheffield City Council – who has the power, what they do with it, and how we, as citizens, can influence their decisions. An ‘in conversation’ event with extensive Q&A.

COMMUNITY MEDIA: INDEPENDENT, LOCAL, ALTERNATIVE 
Tues 14 April | 7.30-9pm | Union St
A round-table discussion on independently-owned community media, with representatives from Now Then, SilenceBreaker Media, Sheffield Live and more TBC.

COMMON PEOPLE: PUBLIC SERVICES, SPACES & PROGRESS 
Weds 15 April | 6pm | Union St
Panellists reflect on how we can reclaim public spaces and services, followed by an open discussion. Featuring Morag Rose, Ian Cole, Sarah Blandy, Desiree Fields and Tom Moore.

GEORGE MONBIOT 
Thurs 16 April | 7pm | SU Auditorium
Award-winning author and journalist speaks about the concept of ‘rewilding’ – giving up our control of the countryside and letting nature thrive once again. Tickets £8.25 (£6.60 concs) from su.sheffield.ac.uk.

DEVOLUTION WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM POLITICIANS 
Sat 18 April | 2-4pm | Union St
A workshop and open discussion about devolution of power to local government. Talk and come up with ideas about how to start ‘doing devolution’ from the bottom up as soon as you leave the room.

CANVAS OF VOICES 
Mon 20 April | 5:30-7:30pm | The Church Of St James and St Christopher
Tues 21 April | 5:30-7:30pm | Terminus Cafe
A short film by Gemma Thorpe, Canvas of Voices is about young people in Sheffield and their engagement in politics. Followed by a chaired debate about the topic.

SHEFFIELD’S MANIFESTO FOR A FEMINIST GOVERNMENT 
Sat 25 April | 1-3pm | Theatre Delicatessen
Sheffield’s Feminist Manifesto is a chance to create a list of demands for a fair and equal society. Manifesto drawn together at the end from audience contributions. In partnership with LaDIYfest Sheffield.

CLOSING PARTY FEAT. AKALA 
Thurs 30 April | 7:30pm | Plug
Socially conscious rapper, poet and journalist helps us celebrate the end of the festival. Tickets £10 from the-plug.com.

Photo: Shami Chakrabarti, by Nathan Gibson

Sam Walby