Line Up Summary
- Radio 1 Take it On: Film & TV
- Radio 1 Take it On: Business
- Radio 1 Take it On: Music
- Mary Robinson
- Rewriting World History
- Radio 4’s Start the Week
- Is Social Mobility Overrated?
- Amos Oz
- Michael Ignatieff
- The Verb
- Philippa Gregory
- Islam and Christianity: The Essential Difference
- Mark Pagel
- Ian Goldin
- Lee Hall
- In Tune
- Colm Tóibín
- Music Matters
- Julie Bindel
- Lindsay Johns
- Revolution and Democracy: The Arab Spring
- Hell is Other People
- Vicky Featherstone
- Immigration and the Challenge to Belonging
- Aliens: The Ultimate Them and Us
- Radio 1: The Big Conversation
- Charlotte Blease: The Medicine Game
- Nandini Das: Inventing the Underworld
- Free Thinking for the Family
- Timothy Secret: Cat's Eyes
- Sue-Ann Harding: Expat or Immigrant
- Joshua Nall: Mars and The Victorians
- Matthew Smith: Peanut Panic
- Adriana Sinclair: Our Colonial Future
- Emma Griffin: The Good Mother
- Martin Goodman: Living the Lives of Others
- Jonathan Healey: How Not to Learn from History
- Drama: The Torchbearers
- Words and Music
- Speed Dating with a Thinker
On the eve of the US election, Michael Ignatieff addresses this year's central festival theme Them and Us with his talk "Enemies and Adversaries in Politics".
Festival events are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 weeknights through November.
Kevin Whately stars in Simon Armitage’s, new drama about four Olympic torchbearers, to be broadcast live from the BALTIC.
One of Israel's most influential novelists and thinkers discusses the changing situation in the Middle East.
Best known for his film Billy Elliot and his play The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall discusses his writing, life and ideas.
If we're not alone in the Universe, will this fundamentally affect how humanity understands itself, and should we be prepared for the consequences?
BBC Radio 3 brings together leading thinkers for a weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and drama. Including Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, who delivers the keynote Free Thinking Lecture.
Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers at Free Thinking
Radio 1 hosts inspirational talks for young people at The Free Thinking Festival.
Download in-depth interviews with artists, scientists and public figures.
Tickets for all events are free. To book call The Sage Gateshead on 0191 443 4661 or visit www.thesagegateshead.org/freethinking