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Warwick will play host to a series of talks, debates and entertaining events at the Festival with the theme ‘Imagining the Future’. Providing a platform for discussion, dispute and thought leading approaches to the way forward for the culture, health, wealth, equality, the human body and humanity, your mind will be enlightened and inspired.
With a fond, funny and fast paced look back over the last 50 years we welcome our 50th Anniversary partners Cheltenham Festivals to the Arts Centre Theatre to remind us of how the world has changed, here at Warwick and beyond.
In a fresh, light hearted but informative way we are presenting cookery classes on campus with an academic twist. Three award winning chefs will be combining their culinary skills with the expertise of academics from Warwick Medical School to really get to the bottom of how we should be buying, cooking and eating food for a healthier future.

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Friday 16 October


The Festival of the Imagination Show


Lost for Words

In association with the Warwick Prize for Writing


Universities Challenged: Where next for Higher Education?


Andrew Davies: Writing Behind the Screen

Fri 16th Oct, 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Fri 16th Oct, 4.30pm-5.30pm
Fri 16th Oct, 4.15pm-5.15pm
Fri 16th Oct, 5.45pm-6.45pm
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The Picture of Health: Exploring the Future of Medicine

Robot Apocalypse Now…or Never?

Life is Best When You Improvise

In Partnership with Cheltenham Festivals

Building a Human for the Future

Fri 16th Oct, 6pm-7pm

Fri 16th Oct, 6.15pm-7.15pm
Fri 16th Oct, 7.30pm-8.30pm
£15 (£6.50 Students)
Fri 16th Oct, 7.45pm-9.45pm
£8 (£5 Students)

Why Do We Do What We Do? : The Science of Understanding People

Fri 16th Oct, 8pm-9pm

Saturday 17 October



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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lively action storytelling with Shakespeare's Globe
Suitable for ages 7-11

Over Schooled and Under Educated?

In Partnership with Cheltenham Festival

Robots for Real: What will they be doing for you?

This talk is aimed at families and is suitable for children 7+

Pinch too Far? The Science behind Low-Salt Cuisine
Saturday 17th October, 9.30am -10.30am Sat 17th Oct, 10am-11am
£8 (Students: £5)
Sat 17th Oct, 11.30am-12.30am
Sat 17th Oct, 11.45am-12.45pm
£15 (£6.50 Students)


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What is Corruption?

Solving Inequality

In partnership with Cheltenham Festivals

Keeping the Car Running

Life Beyond Planet Earth: Surviving away from the Land

This talk is aimed at families and is suitable for children 7+

Sat 17th Oct, 12.15pm-13.15pm

Sat 17th Oct, 12pm-1pm
£8 (Students £5)
Sat 17th Oct, 10.15am-11.15am
Sat 17th Oct, 1.30pm-2.30pm
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Fat: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Radio 4's The Human Zoo at Warwick

Is Diversity Academic in UK Universities?

Almost an Android

This talk is aimed at families and is suitable for children 7+

Sat 17th Oct, 1.45pm-2.45pm
£15 (Students £6.50)

Sat 17th Oct, 2pm-3pm
£8 (Students: £5)
Sat 17th Oct, 2.15pm-3.15pm
Sat 17th Oct, 3.30pm-4.30pm
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Spices for Health - A Masterclass with Vivek Singh Refusing the Veil

In partnership with Cheltenham Festivals

Changing Channels: The Future of Media

Shakespeare: 50 Years Hence

Sat 17th Oct, 3.45pm-5.45pm

Sat 17th Oct, 4pm-5pm
£8 (Students: £5)
Sat 17th Oct, 4.15pm-5.15pm
Saturday 17th Oct, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
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The 50 Years in 50 Minutes Show

In partnership with Cheltenham Festivals

Big Data. Big Opportunities.

Simple Scoff 2.0

Quantifying Happy

Sat 17th Oct, 6pm-6.50pm
£15 (Students: £6.50)

Sat 17th Oct, 6.15pm-7.15pm
Sat 17th Oct, 6.45pm-7.45pm
£8 (Students: £5)
Sat 17th Oct, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Two Tone: "Three Minute Heroes"


Sat 17th Oct, 8.15pm-10.15pm
£8 (Students: £5)