THE IDEAS STAGES

SPACE TO THINK…

Your ticket to KITE gives you access to every talk on the Ideas program as well as the world class music and entertainment across Heavenly, Bloom and Skylark stages. From Sir John Major to George the Poet, Simon Sinek to Elizabeth Day, Sally Wainwright to Dame Joan Collins, there is something for everyone across KITE’s four Ideas stages.

Session timings can be found listed below, in your festival lanyard (available for pre-purchase and on site) and on our app when you can create your own bespoke program, download the app here.

THE FORUM

Great lives. Big ideas. Unforgettable conversations. For those who want to be challenged, informed, and heard.

Saturday

18:00 – 19:00 Comedy with Alistair Green 

                                            

16:05 – 17:00 Dame Joan Collins in conversation with Decca Aitkenhead

                                            

15:00 – 15:55 Sir John Major in conversation with James Harding

                                            

13:30 – 14:30 Alastair Campbell in conversation with Liz Moseley

                                            

12:15 – 13:15 David Baddiel in conversation with Matt d’Ancona

                                            

11:00 – 12:00 Adam Kay in conversation with Mel Giedroyc

 

Sunday

18:00 – 19:15 Comedy with MC Kiri Pritchard-McLean featuring Shazia Mirza, Toussaint Douglass and Josh Berry

                                            

15:30 – 16:30 – George the Poet in conversation with Yassmin Abdel-Magied

                                            

14:30 – 15:20 – Simon Sinek in conversation with James Harding 

                                            

13:30 – 14:20 – Sally Wainwright in conversation with Kit de Waal

                                            

12:15 – 13:15 – Podcast: My Time Capsule Live with Mike Fenton Stevens and Dave Gorman 

                                            

11:00 – 12:00 – Elizabeth Day in conversation with Jo Elvin

THE TOWN HALL

Sit back and listen in or stand up and hold forth at the Town Hall. It’s a village hall style vintage vibe where everyone’s welcome to pull up a chair and join in. Interactive ThinkIns, unforgettable interviews and a few surprises. Slightly chaotic – in a good way!

Saturday

16:05 – 17:00 ThinkIn: China and the West with Chris Patten and Rana Mitter

                                            

14:30 – 15:30 Podcast: The Breakup Monologues Live with Rosie Wilby and Lou Sanders

                                            

13:00 – 14:00 Prue Leith in conversation with Dave Taylor

                                            

11:45 – 12:45 ThinkIn: Why are we so obsessed with class? with Polly Toynbee and Sian Davies

                                            

10:30 – 11:30 ThinkIn: Does anti-racism need a rethink? with Tomiwa Owolade and Remi Adekoya

 

Sunday

15:00 – 16:00 – How can stories shape a better future? with Mara the Storyteller

                                            

13:15 – 14:30 – Susanna Hoffs in conversation with Sylvia Patterson

                                            

12:00 – 13:00 – Cariad Lloyd in conversation with Katherine May

                                            

10:30 – 11:30 – Rachel Reeves in conversation with James Harding

THE POD

KITE Lessons are super-relaxed and interactive sessions led by some of the best and brightest voices in the world. For kids and grown ups who want to get creative and learn something new in a fun and informal setting.

Saturday

16:00 – 16:30 How to Say What You Really Feel with Susie Dent

                                            

15:15 – 15:45 How to Write a Bestseller with Stella Rimington

                                            

14:30 – 15:00 How to Write a Speech with Phil Collins

                                            

13:45 – 14:15 How to Live Fearlessly with Fats Timbo

                                            

13:00 – 13:30 Why Most of What You’re Doing to Go Green is Pointless with Assaad Razzouk

                                            

11:45 – 12:45 How to Make a Comic with Emily Haworth-Booth

                                            

10:45 – 11:30 The Surprisingly Silly History of Stuff with Greg Jenner

 

Sunday

15:30 – 16:15 – Poetry from Brian Bilston in partnership with Morandé wine

                                            

14:15 – 15:15 – How to Own the Room with Viv Groskop

                                            

13:30 – 14:00 – How to Have Better Conversations with Nihal Arthanayake

                                            

12:30 – 13:00 – CHATGPT WTF? with Luke Gbedemah

                                            

11:45 – 12:15 – How to Write with Giles Whittell 

                                            

10:45 – 11:30 – Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children

THE TORTOISE NEWSROOM

The slow newsroom that makes sense of a fast moving world sets up shop at Kite for the weekend. Come by for interactive ThinkIns, live podcast recordings and lively conversations about the news stories that matter.

Saturday

16:00 – 17:00 ThinkIn: Appetite for destruction: why don’t we all just eat better? with Henry Dimbleby and Nicki Whiteman

                                            

15:00 – 15:45 Zelda Perkins in conversation with Basia Cummings

                                            

13:45 – 14:45 ThinkIn: A Climate Reckoning with Peter Frankopan & Gaia Vince

                                            

12:30 – 13:30 James Harding in conversation with Martin Wolf on the capitalism crisis 

                                            

11:15 – 12:15 The Review, in partnership with Fora: Saturday papers with Marina Hyde, Layla Moran, Michael Gove and James Harding

 

Sunday

15:15 – 16:15 – Unbelievable Truths: why are we so obsessed with WTF podcasts? with Alexi Mostrous

                                            

14:00 – 15:00 – ThinkIn: Can the NHS be mended? 

                                            

12:45 – 13:45 – Podcast:The News Meeting Live with Tortoise editors

                                            

11:35 – 12:30 – The Review in partnership with Fora: Sunday papers with Sonia Sodha, Mandu Reid, Ian Goldin and James Harding

                                            

10:30 – 11:15 – Unsilencing women: reporting the unreportable with Louise Tickle and Jane Monkton-Smith