National festival gets ready to open in the shadow of York Minster

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This article first appeared in YorkMix

The tents are all up, ready for the national festival which opens in the shadow of York Minster tomorrow (Friday).

The Radix Big Tent Ideas Festival in Dean’s Park next will feature everyone from ex government ministers to York students, tackling hot issues from saving the High Street to

Described as “a new way of doing politics”, it is designed to be a “non-partisan platform for people and communities to engage with political leaders and influence public policy”.

With the theme of Regenerate, it begins tomorrow, first with the invitation-only Leaders Summit. This features guests including Conservative MP Simon Clarke, former Secretary of State for Levelling Up; Labour’s Sarah Owen MP, the Shadow Minister for Levelling Up; and Sir Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project.

Later tomorrow, Baroness Warsi, co-chair of the Conservative Party, will officially launch the Big Tent Festival at 6.30pm.

All the events on Saturday (17 June) are free, although you do need to register here.

There are discussions on topics including:

  • reimagining York’s future
  • transport for net zero
  • reviving our flagging High Streets
  • and the cost of living crisis.

And there’s lots of stuff to join in with too, including an Art Wall and Speakers’ Corner, as well as events aimed specifically at children and families.

The Radix Big Tent Ideas Festival runs from 10am to 7pm on Saturday in Dean’s Park next to York Minster.

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