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BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2019


BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival returns to Sage Gateshead for another free weekend of provocative debate, new ideas, music and performance.

All weekend, Sage Gateshead will be gathering together a throng of talented individuals to wrestle, debate and celebrate the theme of this year’s festival: Emotion. Whether it’s the angry turn in contemporary politics, the cultural specificity of emotions, how film and tv teach us to feel, anxiety and the teenage brain, emotion in diplomacy, the benefits of sublimating feelings…..

There probably isn’t another art form that demonstrates the power of emotion more effectively than music – and Radio 3’s aim is to connect audiences with remarkable music and culture. Across the weekend we’ll be broadcasting live from our pop-up studio where you can hear an eclectic range of classical, jazz and world music brought to you by our team of presenters.

With more than 50 sessions to choose from - you are guaranteed to find something to challenge you, make you laugh and give you food for thought. Places are available on the day but be sure to book in advance so you can join us for an emotion-filled weekend.

Click here for the Full line up of Sage Gateshead's BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking weekend  

FREE activities on Sage Gateshead’s Concourse :

See the inner workings of programme-making as Radio 3’s pop up glass studio returns to Sage Gateshead’s Concourse.

Take part and…

“Speed Date” the New Generation Thinkers. They present 10 × 60 second ideas. You vote for the best.

- Share your thoughts about the Festival theme Emotion on our Ideas Boxes.

- Tune into Slow Radio available on headphones. An antidote to today’s frenzied world. Listen to the sounds of birds, mountain climbing, monks chatting as you go about your day. A lo-fi celebration of pure sound.

- Discover strange and forgotten emotions from the past with the Lost Emotions Machine from Queen Mary University of London’s ‘Living With Feeling’ project.

The York Music Psychology Group from the University of York show their research into music and emotion.

- Share your emotions with students from the University of Sunderland’s Spark Radio.



For your information…

Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Friday 15 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Friday 1 March.

Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.

To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.

Guide Prices

Many tickets are FREE but require pre-booking.



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