What are Topical Talk Festivals?
Topical Talk Festival is a seven-week global discussion between schools and leading topic experts on the top news stories and issues of our time: from socio-political topics like racism and equity to sustainability and the "climate crisis". Each festival is packed with inspiring activities, online events and awards for thoughtful conversations and ideas.
Your students will have the chance to
Connect with classrooms across the world
Engage with leading professionals and topic experts
Gain recognition for your school on a global stage
How to win awards
Students achieve awards for discussions and standpoints, a final opinion piece which students submit on a topic studied during the Festival. These may be written, film or audio pieces and we encourage students to get creative.
Entries must be submitted by December 12th 2022 and our panel of expert judges will select winning standpoints for each topic.
Stars will be also be awarded throughout the Festival for thoughtful conversations and ideas and additional awards will be presented for stand-out contributions.
Is my school eligible?
The Festival is suitable for learners 10-14 years-old and is open to government-funded schools. Some low-fee paying schools that serve students with high needs (for example, students with special educational needs or those from low socioeconomic backgrounds) are eligible to take part.
Participation in a festival costs £299 per class (up to 34 students) and funding is offered to some schools.
Please note, you must be a Topical Talk account holder to take part. Sign up for your free account here before registering for the Festival.
Already have an account? Fantastic, you're ready to register for the Festival here.