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Big Tent Ideas Festival Student Competition

#BigTent2020 – The @BigTentIdeas Festival are running a competition for university and high school students to submit a topic that they think is important to society and win a chance to be a guest programme curator.

Students also get free membership if they sign-up which includes exclusive access to the Digital Community Hub, the daily Big Tent media briefings and exclusive access to digital session replays.

The Festival aims to bring people together from different ideologies and backgrounds to discuss, debate and resolve a broad range of topics that are important to our society, find practical ideas and agree on ways forward.


Submit your idea for a Big Tent Digital event with the prize being a chance to become a Guest Programme Curator, working alongside the Big Tent Programme Director. Your winning idea will become a Big Tent Digital event during August or September 2020.

First you, and your team (if applicable) must join Big Tent as a Student Friend or Big Tent Friend, if you have not already signed up. Becoming a Student Friend is FREE and there are many benefits.

Your event can be on any topic you think is important and the Big Tent should cover, especially as Britain re-emerges from Covid-19. We are looking for events that encourage and facilitate conversations to bridge the political divide. 

Ask yourself ‘What matters? What do we all need to know? What is out there that Westminster politics has ignored?”

See if you can think of a topic that encourages people to:

  • Learn things they didn’t know
  • Challenge their own assumptions
  • Find common ground and empathy for those they wouldn’t normally agree with.

Please read the Competition Terms and Conditions prior to entry and note that the closing date for entries is 17/07/20, with online voting to take place 18/07/20-31/07/20. Please note, we accept both digital and written entries.

You can find examples of Big Tent Digital events here to help you layout your entry.

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