Festival of Debate
Tuesday 14 April to Saturday 30 May
Official statement from the Festival organisers in light of the Coronavirus ongoing situation
We have spent the last six months planning and programming the Festival of Debate 2020, working with over 70 partners to confirm 130 events to take place from 14 April to 31 May in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster. To our knowledge, it would have been the biggest festival of non-partisan politics and civic engagement in the UK.
It is with great regret that we have concluded that none of these events can go ahead safely due to the coronavirus outbreak and we need to postpone the 2020 Festival of Debate programme. This is not a cancellation - at this time more than ever we need to discuss how we can come together to make change.
Instead, over the coming weeks we will be exploring how we can deliver a revised programme of online events that respond to our change in circumstances. Stay tuned for more information from us about what form this will take on our website or our social media channels.
We are hopeful that the original 2020 festival programme will be held at a later date this year so for the time being please hold onto your tickets while we rearrange dates and venues. This may take some time, so please email INFO@TICKETSFORGOOD.CO.UK if you would like to request a refund. Please direct all refund requests directly to our ticket agent, Tickets For Good, and email them from the email address you registered with alongside your name, date and title of event.
Due to a high volume of refund requests at this time it could take them 2-4 weeks to process all requests. If an event cannot be rescheduled, we will email all ticket holders in due course and offer them a full refund or the opportunity to donate the cost of a ticket to support the work of our organisation.
We realise that many will be experiencing financial hardship over the coming period, but this is a huge blow for our organisation and our staff. If you are able and would like to support Opus, you can do so by joining our ‘Friends of Opus’ membership scheme.
In the middle of an international crisis, we cannot be satisfied with waiting for this to blow over. Conversation, discussion and debate are more crucial than ever.
UBI Lab Sheffield, born out of the 2016 Festival of Debate programme and a project incubated by Opus, are campaigning for an emergency Universal Basic Income for all. Join us or write to your MP.