In 2018, we are linking the festival with the centenary of the end of WW1. With a mixture of events which celebrate and commemorate those fallen.
We’ll be looking at the impact of War on women’s rights, we’ll be hosting a ‘Dance of Peace’ party and exploring the concept of Peace.
The Chelmsford Festival of Ideas aims to engage the community, educate and bring different diverse groups together. For the first year ever we are creating a Light Parade, ‘Peace Parade’ has been crowdfunded by over 90 Essex people as well as Essex County Council. The Light Parade held on the 11th November, Remembrance Sunday will be a tribute to those fallen and will bring together a large group of people together from the Chelmsford Hindu Society to the Cathedral Youth group.
Background to the festival:
Established by ‘Changing Chelmsford’ in 2011, the Ideas Festival brings positive change to Chelmsford. The Festival was set up by Stephanie Mills, and continued in 2012 by Leonie Ramondt through providing a range of cultural events covering arts, heritage, technology and much more. In 2018 the festival runs from the 7th of November until the 11th of November! This year the Festival of Ideas is aiming to reach more people than ever with an ambitious programme of Arts events in Central Chelmsford.
This is your festival and your chance to debate, participate and get inspired by the talented people of your City!
We look forward to seeing you.
Peace Poems Poetry Competition
Find out about our mission to spread understanding of the Great War through ‘Peace Poems’ a large scale poetry competition. Enter the competition today.
If you are a School order your free Peace Poetry Pack teaching and learning resources created through the project in partnership with Essex Record Office and the Ideas Festival.
There are a number of free workshops for people of all ages, from Animation to Poetry Masterclasses, meet professional published poets and get close to Chelmsford Museum’s WW1 artefacts. See event diary and the Peace Poem Page for more information.