Fou Ts'ong at the 1968 Dubrovnik Summer Festival
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Free Thinking, Radio 3's annual festival of ideas, is this weekend. It starts on Friday evening with a special In Tune, live from The Sage Gateshead, and the festival goes on all weekend, covering dozens of big issues. The theme this year is 'them and us'.

The band of interesting, provocative speakers and debaters booked to entertain you this year include: writer and thinker Amos Oz, correspondent Kate Adie, novelist Philippa Gregory, campaigning journalist Polly Toynbee, evolutionary scientist Mark Pagel and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. There are dozens more. Read the whole programme on the Radio 3 web site.

And the big online story this year is that we're streaming live video from the festival all weekend. Free Thinking has always been a vivid live event in a physical venue in the real world. It's now also a live event in your study or your kitchen or your living room, wherever you happen to live.

Fourteen sessions, starting with that special edition of In Tune on Friday and going right through Saturday and Sunday, will be streamed in vivid colour on the Radio 3 web site. Join us. It'll be amazing.

And we'll be tweeting and updating the Facebook page throughout, of course. If you're watching the live stream or if you're coming to The Sage Gateshead, use the hashtag #freethinking.

Steve Bowbrick, Head of Interactive, BBC Radio 3

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