Shaping the city of the future by igniting, uniting, and energizing the people of Dallas through the power of ideas.
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What will your city be?

IMAGINE a festival that transforms and entertains; that unveils the next big idea; that challenges people of all ages to think about how Dallas can attract and keep its creative talent; that inspires its citizens to be a part of building the city of the future.

Welcome to FOR THE CITY: THE DALLAS FESTIVAL OF IDEAS, presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Dallas Morning News and produced in part by CrowdSource.

For two days in February, The Dallas Festival of Ideas will focus the power of smart thinking on our city’s next century. There’ll be compelling programs, interactive discussions and live performances—all kicked off by a provocative opening night presentation where ideas for five tracks, or “Cities”, will be unveiled.

What does the next century look like for Dallas as a physical city? A cultural city? An innovative city? A political city? An educated city? The Dallas Festival of Ideas not only invites, but urges community participation, as a passionate, informed and united citizenry can and must shape the city of the future.

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In the heart of the Dallas Arts District

The Dallas Festival of Ideas will roll out across the Dallas Arts District, with talks and performances taking place at the Dallas City Performance Hall, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Meyerson Symphony Center and Booker T. Washington High School. The lobby of the Winspear Opera House will serve as the festival’s headquarters, and will be the hub of the festival’s free family programming.

Cities Speakers Performers

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Opening Signature Event

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