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Festival of Politics

The Scottish Parliament will welcome a range of leading public figures such as Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, journalist and broadcaster Andrew Marr, and TV’s Dr Rangan Chaterjee, as part of this year’s Festival of Politics.

Taking place from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th October, this year’s programme looks back at past events, and thinks ahead to future debates on the issues that shape our political and cultural landscape. With sessions featuring Brexit, next year’s US presidential election, Islamophobia and the 20th anniversary of devolution.

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The Festival offers people in Scotland the chance to engage and contribute directly alongside MSPs, journalists, academics and commentators on many of the biggest issues we face.

This year’s festival will also feature two captivating exhibitions, and see the return of the popular café bar, with free musical entertainment. The exhibitions will show a selection of portraits from the Royal Society of Edinburgh celebrating some of Scotland’s finest female scientists, and portraits reflecting on the process of ageing on the mind and body as captured by Fionna Carlisle.

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