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The Sussex Festival of Ideas is a dynamic and engaging programme of talks, events and activities, from the newly-formed School of Media, Arts and Humanities.
This year’s programme celebrates the extraordinary work of the School of Media, Arts and Humanities. From Algorithmic Autobiographies, to Punk Women and the Cultural Sector after Covid, we hope the festival excites and inspires in difficult times.
Meet the Festival Team

Mary Agnes Krell
Artistic Director

Jessica Horne
Festival Producer

Ed Hughes
Committee Chair

Jason Price
Practice Curator

Benedict Burbridge
Partnerships

Margaretta Jolly
Keynotes

Emma Green
Student Connector

Laura McDermott
Project Partner

Carol Watts
Committee Member

Ian Tout
Committee Member

Media, Arts and Humanities change the world.
A bit more about the inaugural Sussex Festival of Ideas

A free, four-day festival celebrating the work of the newly-formed School of Media, Arts and Humanities and local partners. The Sussex Festival of Ideas is a dynamic and engaging programme of talks, events and activities, from the newly-formed School of Media, Arts and Humanities.

In its inaugural year, the   festival   celebrates   a   host   of   contemporary   ideas   around documentary and film, music and creative practice, poetry and language, as well as the vital role of our local cultural institutions. We are working in partnership with the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts to bring you a series of discussions and performances that reflect the critical and creative community of students and staff in the School of Media, Arts and the Humanities.

We see this as an important opportunity for diverse audiences to connect with vibrant work collaboratively produced by a wide range of students, staff and community partners, including Charleston, Towner, Farley Farm, Photo Works and Audio Active. The festival has a designated employability strand for Media, Arts and Humanities students, and we have created two social media internships for MA students to gain industry experience.

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