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Free Thinking Festival returns to Sage for sixth time

BBC Radio 3's annual festival of ideas is to explore the limits of knowledge through talks and debates on Tyneside

Ian McMillan
Ian McMillan

The BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival is returning to Sage Gateshead for the sixth time, marking the music venue’s 10th anniversary.

The theme for this year’s festival, from October 31 to November 2, is The Limits of Knowledge.

The radio station will transport much of its weekend schedule to the Sage for the weekend with programmes including CD Review, In Tune, Live in Concert, Music Matters and Sound of Cinema broadcast live.

Already lined up to take part are folk musician Eliza Carthy, journalist and author John Lanchester and poet Ian McMillan.

The popular festival is billed as a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, live music and performance.

Matthew Dodd, head of speech programming at BBC Radio 3, said: “The 2014 festival is gearing up to be as thought-provoking and stimulating as ever, with this year’s theme touching on many of the uncertainties and boundaries of what we know about the world around us.

“We’re looking forward to broadcasting more live programmes from Sage Gateshead than ever before and we’re sure that the weekend will create compelling debates for the audience at the venue and at home to enjoy.”

Tickets for the festival are free. Booking opens on October 6.


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