About the LSE Festival

The LSE Festival is an intellectually stimulating series of events, which engages a wide public audience with LSE research and expertise. It brings together global leaders, innovators and change makers to investigate how we can learn lessons from the past, tackle the challenges of today and shape the future. The Festival draws on key thinkers as well as world-class LSE academics.

Festival events are imaginative, innovative, energetic, and use a variety of formats designed to stimulate thought and debate and engage a wide public audience in the research and character of LSE. We have hosted keynotes, panels discussions, film screenings, performances and exhibitions, as well as events for children and young people. 

We have had the pleasure of welcoming many high profile speakers, including David Lammy, Dr Ann Pettifor, Joe Cerrell, Amica Dall, Margaret Busby, Dr Daniel Susskind, Danny Dorling, Louise Doughty, Nicholas Timmins, Polly Toynbee, Lord Willetts, Danny Quah,Elif Shafak, Bridget Kendall, Diane Abbott. 

Over the last three years: 

  • We welcomed over 14,000 visitors to the Festival
  • Our podcasts were downloaded over 2 million times
  • Our event videos were watched 45,000 times 

Building on previous LSE Festivals and adapting to the new normal, next year we will be hosting an online LSE Festival from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021 on the theme of Shaping the Post-COVID World. 

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us at comms.events@lse.ac.uk