Big Ideas By The Sea is a new festival of ideas that will take place in Scarborough, UK, in May 2021. This not-for-profit annual festival will bring leading thinkers, scientists and artists to Scarborough to discuss ideas and actions relating to our key themes of the environment, education and employment.
Until the advent of the railway, ideas travelled with people on foot and by sea. Sea ports were the point of entry and exit, of exchange and cross-fertilisation, a place where ideas landed, took root and flourished. Scarborough is a coastal town, deeply rooted in its historic relationship with the sea. The town is now a centre of creative thought and dynamic action that address these issues.
Today, like many global coastal towns, it faces challenges in its relationship with both land and sea. How can it maintain its historic links with the sea and yet thrive in a modern technological SMART world?