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Discussion Festival Returns For Season 2, Platform-7 Events

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The pioneering online festival of ideas which launched in February 2021 during the UK’s national lockdown, has announced it will be returning for a second season.

Discussion Festival is an experimental weekly event series for the sharing of ideas and helps provide opportunities for people to come together and connect in a social way during lockdown and beyond.

Held in the Fourth Portal Lounge suite - a virtual space comprising up to 50 different tables - guests from all over the world will once again be encouraged to attend the free festival to hop from table to table, meet new people and take part in discussions on a wide range of thought provoking topics.

Discussion Festival founder and organiser; Platform-7 Events is inviting people to sign up to host tables, proposing new topics they’d like to explore with others. Confirmed table discussions from the public already include; ‘The Art of Blogging’; ‘Organisational Design; ‘Conversing in French’; ‘Computer Gaming’; ‘How to Protect Your Health Data’ and a series on 'How to fundraise', which includes help in understanding what funders want and need to hear and how to sharpen your application. 

Tables are free to attend and to host.  

Season one ran for 21 weeks (from February to July 2021), attracting more than 500 guests who visited over 150 tables.

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