The University is proud to once again be an official sponsor of the Freedom Festival, which will return on the 31 August – 2 September, as part of our commitment to being a cultural force within the region. Each year the festival attracts huge crowds and offers an extraordinary line-up of events, providing a platform for our colleagues and students to shine.

The ethos of the festival – celebrating freedom in all its forms – resonates strongly with the University and is synonymous with the pioneering work of our Wilberforce Institute, one of the world’s leading research centres working towards the end of labour exploitation and slavery worldwide.

Last year, colleagues in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education led the Freedom Talks, which encouraged discussion and debate around the theme of freedom, while colleagues and students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering wowed members of the public with their mind-boggling science busking tricks.

More details of our involvement in this year’s festival will be released in due course, but in the meantime click here to watch our video of last year’s highlights and get a taste for what’s to come!