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Sat 18 April 2015
9:45 - 18:30
Price: £55/ £35
Radical Hope & Cultural Tragedy


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Emmanuel Jal
Mon 20 April 2015
10:00 - 16:00
Colston Hall, Bristol
Free Admission
Green Youth Day: It’s Our Future

Part of Bristol 2015 Summit Programme

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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.

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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3 hours ago
Looks like research for YouGov poll which shows Labour lead done after TV debate. Cameron still seen as stronger but lead declining. #GE2015
3 hours ago
Other poll tonight - Opinium/Observer poll - has Conservatives ahead: CON 36% LAB 32% UKIP 13% LDEM 8% GRNS 5% #GE2015
3 hours ago
Polls at top all over the place again: via @LordAshcroft: YouGov/Sunday Times poll LAB 36% CON 33% UKIP 13% LDEM 8% GRNS 5% #GE2015
8 hours ago
Just arrived for advance reading for event on protest in Russia 29 May with Ben Stewart
8 hours ago
Purchased this book for our #futurecity15 festival work. Interesting it was sponsored by BP.
9 hours ago
Plans to establish The Rocky Mountain Land Library to study and savour the US west is the work of two booksellers.
9 hours ago
Scientist who discovered ozone layer hole: it will still take years to heal #Bristol2015
10 hours ago
Here's the brochure we've produced on the arts programme for Bristol 2015. Fantastic programme - with more to come.
10 hours ago
Random House told it should pay to quote Joseph Goebbels in biography shows difficulties around copyright law
11 hours ago
Hadley Freeman does an excellent interview with Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show Freeman in Bristol 30 May.
12 hours ago
Steve Bell on the Tory manifesto. Bell gives us a cartoon tour of coalition 22 May:
12 hours ago
Telegraph leads on Gove ruling out UKIP deal. #GE2015
13 hours ago
Independent leads on rise in food bank use. #GE2015
13 hours ago
Photos by @philgibby from yesterday's #Bristol2015 @ace_national Withdrawn project launch.
13 hours ago
Matthew Parris: 'Nicola Sturgeon and the politics of sadism'.
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