The Dallas Festival of Ideas shapes the city of the future by igniting, uniting and energizing the diverse people of Dallas through the power of ideas. The Festival is co-presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Dallas Morning News, produced by CrowdSource and made possible by title sponsors AT&T and Bank of America. The Festival reflects the partners’ desire to be a convener of ideas, a positive force and a catalyst for collective action for the good of the city. From the beginning, one primary goal of the Festival has been to produce tangible action, not just talk.
For the 2016-2017 year, the Festival has expanded with a partnership with the Dallas Book Festival to co-locate events in the Dallas Central Library and Dallas City Hall/Plaza. The Dallas Festival of Ideas has also responded to the July 7, 2016 Dallas ambush with a three-part forum entitled “Actions Speak Louder.” The results of that series were featured prominently during SVP Dallas’ and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ bigBANG! at Paul Quinn College on October 27, 2016.
The spirit of “Actions Speak Louder” informs all aspects of the 2017 Dallas Festival of Ideas. Community forums throughout the fall and spring focus on issues of social equity from five different “City” perspectives — Physical, Healthy, Cultural, Educated and Entrepreneurial —all leading up to and culminating in the Dallas Festival of Ideas in April 2017. Other major events, such as the Dallas Institute’s annual MLK Symposium January 16, 2017, reflect the concerns of “Actions Speak Louder.” We also worked closely with Bank of America to organize the November 2016 event around prominent educator and historian Henry Louis Gates.
The Dallas Festival of Ideas sets itself apart from other “ideas” conferences in producing tangible results: After each Festival, several citizen groups, facilitated by SVP, take the ideas and propose ways to bring these ideas to life. The Festival’s goal is to create a lasting, equitable impact for the city of Dallas and its citizens. This action serves as the Festival’s foundation — and the lens through which Dallas’ citizens frame the city’s future.
Details about the 2017 festival, including locations, parking, schedule, food and drink, children and families, registration, how to get involved and much more, are coming soon.
Have an idea for the festival? We want to hear it! You can submit all programming ideas here.