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  • Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Wise Children

    Emma Rice: Wise Children

    One of the UK's most loved and distinctive theatre directors discusses her career and work

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  • Jo Dunkley

    Jo Dunkley: Our Universe

    The leading astrophysicist reveals discoveries and stories of pioneering astronomers

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    Ece Temelkuran

    Is democracy in serious decline? Is dictatorship on the rise? Could it happen here?

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Next Events/

Holy Smoke
Wed 16 January 2019
16:00 - 17:20
Price: £8/ £5
Holy Smoke! Religion & Comedy

Film screening and discussion

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For Heavens Sake
Wed 16 January 2019
19:30 - 22:00
Price: £15/ £12
For Heaven’s Sake! Slapstick at the Cathedral

Film screening

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

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