About the NCF

Culture, it is said, is upstream from politics. Certainly, we in the New Culture Forum believe that cultural issues are the defining ones of our time.

More and more people are passionately engaged in these issues, but feel there is no outlet within an atmosphere which is dominated by the existence of a liberal/left groupthink. The triumph of cultural relativism and political correctness in the opinion-forming fields of the media, academia, education and culture has meant that this groupthink has become even more deeply entrenched. The liberal establishment sets the terms of debate.

At a time of threat from extremism, the West finds itself besieged from within and without. Too often our enemies and our opinion formers appear to agree that Western culture is indefensible or a source purely of shame.

We, however, believe that the West is in fact a unique bastion of reasoned freedom and that Britain in particular should be proud of the great role it has played in Western education, art and culture.

Since it was formed in 2006 the New Culture Forum has been challenging the cultural orthodoxies dominant in the media, academia, education, and wider British culture. We have forged important relationships within the national political, media and cultural spheres and now enjoy a high profile.

Through our research projects and our events, our highly-praised and influential publications and active media work, we have contributed fresh thinking to the public and political debate on the cultural issues of our time. Our reports are all available to download from this site.

Peter Whittle is founder and director of the New Culture Forum

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The Smith Lecture

The third annual Smith Lecture was held on December 9th 2019. The historian and broadcaster Dr David Starkey was this year's speaker, in front of a sell-out audience at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster. Dr Starkey spoke on Brexit & the Constitutional Crisis. The event was filmed, and was subsequently viewed by 130,000 people.


September 2018 saw the second annual NCF Smith Lecture, which was delivered by Nigel Farage MEP. The title was Social Media: The New Battleground for Free Speech. It was livestreamed and has been viewed by nearly 250,000 people. The lecture can be seen below.

The inaugural Smith Lecture in June 2017 was delivered by the bestselling author and broadcaster Douglas Murray, on the themes of his critically acclaimed book The Strange Death of Europe.



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Speakers at the New Culture Forum have included:

  • Robin Aitken, Author and journalist
  • Martin Amis, Novelist
  • Richard Bean, Playwirght
  • Katharine Birbasingh, Education campaigner
  • Chris Campbell, The National Theatre
  • Hugh Canning, Opera critic, Sunday Times
  • Natalie Clein, Cellist
  • James Delingpole, Author and journalist
  • Matthew Elliott, Founder, Taxpayers Alliance
  • Michael Gove MP
  • Jonah Goldberg, Author
  • Stephen Hough, Pianist
  • Jeremy Hunt MP
  • Owen Jones, Author and columnist
  • Roger Kimball, Founder, The New Criterion
  • Ruth Mackenzie, Director, 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • Minette Marrin, Columnist, Sunday Times
  • Douglas Murray, Author and broadcatster
  • Richard D. North, Author and broadcaster
  • Melanie Phillips, Author and journalist
  • Shelly Silas, Playwright
  • Stephan Shakespeare, Founder, YouGov
  • Anthony Seldon, Educationalist and author
  • Nick Starr, Execuitve Director, National Theatre
  • Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3
  • Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, Arts & Business
  • Ed Vaizey MP
  • Roger Wright, Director, BBC Promenade Concerts
  • Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, RDI
  • Justin Webb, BBC North American Editor



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