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Welcome to the Dementia Festival of Ideas - a year-long celebration of the most stimulating thinking, writing and discussion on what dementia means in 2015.

Our exciting Programme has something for everyone. So if you fancy expert Masterclasses or controversial blogs, participative events or online discussion it is all here - with a major conference, a big survey and some real surprises thrown in.

We want everyone to be part of what is going on. So help make it the Festival dementia deserves.

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Festival highlights


First IdeasLab in February ask — “What difference can the arts and media make to dementia?”

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Six interactive events across the year on all the hot topics. Controversial, stimulating and entertaining.

Beginning March 2015

Workshops and events

The most exciting Care Show in the UK being held at the NEC on 3rd-4th November 2015

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International Conference

The biggest and best Dementia Conference at the NEC 3rd-4th November – open to everyone.

See the Programme, speakers and book online

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The Big Ask

Take part in our survey today. We want to get a clear picture of dementia in 2015. Your views matter. Have your say about dementia

Tell us what you think

Social at the festival

Find us on

Use #ideasfest2015 #dementia2015on Twitter or comment on the Facebook festival page

Festival live


Check out the Festival blog. See our picks of the most stimulating writing on dementia. Tell us what you like.

Festival blog

Dementia in unlikely circles: a fresh view for 2015

By Mark Butler

Coming soon

Festival blog

The Dementia - Art disconnect. Who's it for anyway?

By Dr Tom Christie

Coming soon

Curated writing

Dementia: You've been framed! Tales of wonder and woe


Coming soon

Featured events

Practical Guide to Dementia Book event image

5th February 2015

Book launch at RSA

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The Big Ask Dementia Survey image

13th February 2015

Dementia – the Big Ask

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Dementia Black and White symposium image

27th March 2015

Dementia Black & White

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Books of the year

Iris – see the series of thought provoking pieces on Dementia as they grow during the year

Learn more about the “Dementia-the One Stop Guide” launched on 5 February as part of the Festival

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You can be part of everything on-line and even help shape how the Festival develops. Sign up for updates and how to be part of the festival

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