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Mon 10 August 2015
19:30 - 21:30
Bordeaux Quay
Free Admission
Oceans, Energy Use and Climate Change: The View from Bristol

An Artists Project Earth event

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Tue 18 August 2015
19:30 - 21:30
Bordeaux Quay
Free Admission
Dealing with Plastics and Water Pollution: From the Land to the Sea

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What we do/

The Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year.

Established in 2004, the Bristol Festival of Ideas emerged out of Bristol’s bid to be Capital of Culture in 2008.

We wanted more debate in the city. We also wanted to celebrate the work of great writers, commentators and thinkers in and outside the city.

Roberto Saviano 2015 event

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1 hour ago
Brent Toderian on innovative city halls. He's in Bristol November for Festival of the Future City. https://t.co/g7wYwVaJqp
1 hour ago
Coming up 14 September: William Boyd - one of the finest novelists working today http://t.co/n2vgGuYLYc http://t.co/xUHkG5Kk1H
3 hours ago
Date for the diary: 22 November showing of Planetary - @WeArePlanetary. Booking open soon. http://t.co/k41CA4XTQz
3 hours ago
Date for the diary: 22 November showing of Planetary - @WeArePlanetary. Booking open soon. http://t.co/1SS91e25hJ
3 hours ago
The remarkable work of Gabriela Gómez-Mont, the leader of the Mexico City lab:,http://t.co/HFrhcAjbS6. She's in Bristol November.
5 hours ago
Letter from the Green Alliance questioning government about actions on the environment since election http://t.co/1yGSHt2Yz0 #Bristol2015
5 hours ago
The guide to the Richard Long exhibition @ArnolfiniArts is very nice #ACEsupported http://t.co/evoJSxrHK0
6 hours ago
First 100 days in power? Economist on Hillary Clinton http://t.co/dWTchO6Dj4; Telegraph on Jeremy Corbyn: http://t.co/vnZv476smH
6 hours ago
Full details of @esrc supported Festival of Economics (12-14 November) now available: http://t.co/WAGArL41GL http://t.co/vHaYduI4eN
7 hours ago
Excellent. There's more to come this year as well. https://t.co/THd0HG62pc
8 hours ago
Ed Balls on losing his seat, the election and what he does now: http://t.co/YjdRXCFklI
9 hours ago
Tim Montgomerie attacks Paul Mason's PostCapitalism: http://t.co/R1P00TIpG0 http://t.co/q1tXXYchj8
10 hours ago
Telegraph: Postcapitalism by Paul Mason is 'deeply misguided' http://t.co/BO9Op5iOtz http://t.co/zhrrT8LumP
10 hours ago
David Brooks: how much say should government have over business and income equality? http://t.co/qBEavK45gU http://t.co/pk2uUejarB
10 hours ago
Rose Eveleth: why aren't there more women futurists? http://t.co/3h8FSi3cUf
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