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    Sheila Rowbotham

    The historian examines six interweaving lives in her new book: Rebel Crossings Read more >

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    An Age of Unreason?

    In our ‘post-truth society’, can and should rational argument still carry any weight? Read more >

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    Sara Khan

    Human rights campaigner on the battle to reclaim Muslim identity from extremism Read more >

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    Tony Robinson

    The actor and TV presenter returns to Bristol for a special event No Cunning Plan Read more >

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Next Events/

Fri 28 October 2016
19:00 - 20:00
Price: £6/ £4
Sheila Rowbotham

Rebel Crossings

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Sat 29 October 2016
14:40 - 17:00
Price: £6.50/ £4.50

Film Screening

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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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We're currently full for our future of social justice event 5 December. If you've booked but don't need your ticket…
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Paul Johnson - @PJTheEconomist - from Institute for Fiscal Studies in #economicsfest social mobility panel 19/11…
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Sheila Rowbotham's top 10 radical history books. Rowbotham Bristol event 28 October
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How can economic policies be made more effective in a world where populism rules? 18 November #economicsfest…
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Enjoyed chairing @gilespegram event today. Be bold in vision and build relationships with donors key takeaway lesso…
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We've worked with ACTA a lot. Always worth seeing.
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A new book by Tim Harford is always worth celebrating. Even more good news: he's coming to Bristol 18 November…
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Edinburgh to reduce museum opening hours to save money:
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'If the robots are coming, why are we rushed off our feet?'
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Just arrived. Looking forward to our event with Tony 6 November. Book here:
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Full programme for 2016 Economics Festival here: 40 world-leading economists in 10 sessions 15-19 November…
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Baldrick offers his services to the nation. He's in Bristol 6 November to talk cunning plans:…
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Nissan to build new models in NE (7,000 jobs secured) following 'support and assurances from the UK government'.
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Growth 'attributed to...willingness among consumers to keep spending' and strong services sector. #economicsfest
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Looking forward to this series and the book from David Olusoga.
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