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IMAGINE a festival that transforms and entertains; that unveils the next big idea; that challenges people 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 2015, the Dallas Festival of Ideas will bring together youth and experience, national figures and local leaders, entrepreneurs and poets, dancers and painters, food trucks and restaurants, cultural groups and change organizations to consider the future of life in Dallas. Questions will be asked, ideas will be shared, and answers will be discovered. What does the future look like for our city: The Physical City, The Cultural City, The Innovative City, The Political City, and The Educated City?

The goal is to ignite a passion for our city, to energize our citizens through an exchange of ideas, and to create the opportunity for change by shaping the future of Dallas from within.

It is a festival during which something will happen.

IMAGINE what that can be.

The Dallas Festival of Ideas is presented in part by , a subsidiary of The Dallas Morning News.

The Venues

The Dallas Festival of Ideas will roll out across the Dallas Arts District, with talks and performances taking place at various locations. The festival’s check-in and information center will be located at the Dallas City Performance Hall, the hub of the festival. The Friday night signature event will also take place here along with the culminating session on the Saturday afternoon. An array of cultural groups and collaborating partners will set up booths in the lobby of the City Performance Hall to share information with those who want to get involved and take the next step in our conversation.

  The Dallas City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Speakers: To be Announced Soon

Performers: To be Announced Soon


 There are many sponsorship opportunities available for the Dallas Festival of Ideas. For more information, please contact Emily Hargrove at 214.981.8820 or email:

Non-Profit Partners
Register 1) Guest Event Pass -$90 (Early Bird)

The pass includes:

• Signature Event at the Dallas City Performance Hall on Friday, February 27, 7-9pm
• Admission to all sessions/panels on February 28
• Admission to closing party on February 28 Early-Bird Registration (using event discount code IDEASEARLYBIRD) - $90
Full price ticket will be $125

2) VIP Admission Event Pass - $190

The pass includes:

• Free parking for Friday evening and all day Saturday
• VIP reception on Friday evening 5:30 – 6:45pm
• Signature Event at the Dallas City Performance Hall on Friday, February 27, 7-9pm, with VIP seating
• Coffee and pastries Saturday morning
• Admission to all sessions/panels on February 28
• VIP lunch on Saturday
• Designated line for VIP event seating for first access to sessions
• Admission to closing party on February 28

Early-Bird Registration (using event discount code IDEASEARLYBIRD) - $190
Full price ticket will be $225
register now


For more information and to pre-register please contact Joshua Kalin at 214.871.2440, or send an email to

About the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

For over thirty years, the Dallas Institute has conducted original programs that enrich and strengthen the cultural heart of our great city. Our house on Routh Street is home for those who enjoy reading, thinking, exploring, and discussing timeless ideas that make us most fully human. The Institute has been described by our members as a “sanctuary,” as an “oasis,” as a “place for reflection,” as “food for the soul.” Our members are the lifeblood of the Institute. It is for them that we create classes, groups, programs, and events that bring the wisdom and imagination of the humanities into their lives. If you are already a member, we thank you. If you aren’t, please think about becoming a member, and join us on a common journey toward the discovery of truth, beauty, and all else that is good and noble.

What is the mission of the Dallas Institute?

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is a nonprofit educational organization whose purpose is to enrich and deepen the practical life of the city with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities. The Dallas Institute accomplishes its purpose through programs for school teachers and principals, general courses of study, public and professional seminars, publications, conferences, and civic involvement.

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About The Dallas Morning News

Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News is Texas’ leading newspaper and the flagship newspaper subsidiary of A. H. Belo Corporation. It has received nine Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. Its portfolio of print and digital products reaches an average daily audience of more than 1.1 million people and includes online news and information sites; iPhone, Android and iPad apps; Al Día (, the leading Spanish-language publication in North Texas; neighborsgo (, a consumer-generated community news outlet; and Briefing, the free, home-delivered quick-read. In addition to the editorial drivers within the Morning News, CrowdSource was created as an independent business division to assist event organizers and producers with its operational, marketing and promotional needs. To advertisers, the portfolio of products is represented by DMNmedia (, the marketing solutions group of The Dallas Morning News, Inc. For more information about the publication and its entities, visit

About CrowdSource

CrowdSource is the event division of The Dallas Morning News whose mission is to partner with organizations interested in attracting North Texas’ most enthusiastic and engaged audiences. How we collaborate to create these unique experiences tends to generate a positive ripple effect that can build business, create new opportunities and experiences for our audience and engage partners and advertisers to mutually beneficial end results.