Calling all creatives and academics: register for Ideas Bazaar

Ideas Bazaar, Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11am - 4pm

Firth Hall, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

Ideas Bazaar

Ideas Bazaar

Do you have ideas that you want to make a reality at next year's Festival of the Mind? Come along to Ideas Bazaar to find your creative or academic partner, showcase your ideas and bring them to life.

In the run up to Festival of the Mind in 2020, we are looking to bring together academics, students and people from the city's creative community to come up with new and exciting ways to highlight our research. Festival of the Mind was the UK's first academic-city collaboration when it launched seven years ago, a festival of cutting-edge thinking and entertainment.

The Ideas Bazaar is a free event for all academics who have creative ideas. If you would like to meet your creative partner to help bring your research ideas to life, then come along to Firth Hall on Wednesday 11 September between 11am and 4pm. We would particularly welcome colleagues who are part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), who feel public engagement could add real value to their project. Up to £5,000 of funding is available for the best ideas to feature in Festival of the Mind 2020.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Cultural Engagement will open the event and explain how funding is available to make the best creations happen. Your host for the day will be Iestyn Edwards, an award-winning one-man variety band. Iestyn will act as the cultural matchmaker, ensuring you get to talk to potential partners looking for creative collaborations. This is an opportunity to meet an artist, a filmmaker, a writer or maybe a digital creative who could really help to translate your research for a public audience.

Register as an attendee and make your ideas happen

You may wish to bring a single object to act as a talking point or to summarise your work.

Got a question? Contact Polly Wilson at: or call 0114 222 5322.

For more information about the Festival of the Mind 2018, where over 300 city-wide performances, exhibitions and events were staged, see Festival of the Mind.