What keeps Dallas alive and vital is not the giant retail centers, the towering glass office-buildings perched on freeway frontage, or the teeming roadways that connect them. Those things create revenue, and revenue pays for more concrete and glass and roadway. But the true lifeblood of the city — the thing that gives Dallas its soul — is the creative talent that lies within it. The painters, the playwrights, the musicians, the humanitarians, the educators, even urban planners ... all play a part in how the city innovates and grows. For the City: The Dallas Festival of Ideas brings creators and community members together with journalists and city leaders for a two-day event that seeks to elicit visions of Dallas’ future. The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. with five keynote speeches that will explore the elements of the ideal city: the physical city, the cultural city, the innovative city, the political city and the educated city. Programming resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday, when panelists and audience members will drill down into ideas and innovations with the help of special moderators. Dancers, poets, singers and musicians will also contribute family-friendly performances throughout the day. The event will be held in venues throughout the Dallas Arts District and features both free and ticketed events and entertainment; tickets range from $30 for a half-day pass to $190 for a two-day VIP pass. Visit to purchase tickets or peruse the full list of events.
Fri., Feb. 27, 7 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 28, 8 a.m., 2015


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