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    Future City Festival

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    Salman Rushdie

    Don't miss the last few tickets for this special event at St Georges on Sun 11 October Read more >

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    Erica Jong

    New autumn event with the author of the revolutionary bestseller Fear of Flying Read more >

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    Nawal El Saadawi

    Writer, campaigner and feminist fighting for social justice in Egypt Read more >

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    Festival of Economics

    Booking for our annual festival programmed by Diane Coyle now open Read more >

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Next Events/

Atul Gawande c. tim llewellyn i
Fri 09 October 2015
18:30 - 19:30
Fully Booked
Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End

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Rushdie, Salman- c. Beowulf Sheehan – NEW
Sun 11 October 2015
14:00 - 15:00
Price: £9/ £8
Salman Rushdie

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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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.

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17 mins ago
Ian Thomson: Cats, whisky and modernity: the J.G. Ballard I knew We have special preview of High Rise 19 November
52 mins ago
Delighted to be working with @UWEBristol on our Festival of the Future City including @emarco14 @uwearch @UWEArchBuiltEnv.
2 hours ago
Singapore seniors to get robotic personal trainers. We look at what we can learn from Smart Nation Singapore for...
2 hours ago
What can we learn from Singapore in its aim to be first smart nation? Free event with @steveleonardSG 17 November
2 hours ago
Delighted to be working with Situations on this as part of Festival of the Future City
2 hours ago
Singapore seniors to get robotic personal trainers Smart Nation Singapore Event 17 Nov
2 hours ago
UK end-of-life care 'best in world' thanks to NHS and hospices: Something to discuss with Atul Gawande tonight.
2 hours ago
Jonathan Meades in front of mini Eiffel Tower. He talks about cities and places 19 November:
7 hours ago
Online brochure for November Bristol Festival of the Future City here: #futurecity15
12 hours ago
Chris Hall on J G Ballard and High Rise: Will Self lectures on Ballard and we show High Rise 19 November.
12 hours ago
'the greatest fictional cities are always ways of examining real cities' See @Oniropolis in Bristol 18 November
12 hours ago
Jerry Kaplan on robots, inequality and a better world: Kaplan in Bristol 18 November:
12 hours ago
Festival of the Future City brochures now available across city. Online version here:
12 hours ago
For details of ongoing recovery of Detroit follow @DETFutureCity. Chris Dorle joins us 19 November: #Futurecity15
12 hours ago
RT @britsocimm: We're going to be talking about #cancer immunotherapies as part of @FestivalofIdeas this autumn, find out more:
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