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We’re busy bringing together the autumn programme, which we will be launching in September. Highlights include Shami Chakrabarti on liberty (17 October); Susan Greenfield on how our brains could be changing in the cyber environment (24 October); Karen Armstrong on the relationship between religion and violence since the crusades (24 October); David Mitchell on his new novel (12 November); our third annual Comic Creations evening (14 November); and our third Festival of Economics (20-22 November). There are also events in association with Bristol 2014. Many of our past events are available to listen to on SoundCloud.

What’s next (below) has a summary of our next three events and Coming up (on left) has a list of the next six. For the full list of events go to What’s on. Each event entry has full booking details. Ticket sales are usually run by the venues where the event takes place as we do not have a central box office; tickets for free events are usually only available when booked online using Eventbrite. New events are launched regularly. To be the first to hear about upcoming events, sign up to our mailing list and Twitter feed. We also regularly post news, audio/video links and background information on our Tumblr blog.

Our 10th anniversary appeal
The Festival of Ideas is committed to keeping ticket prices low, and having as many free events as we can. We want the festival to grow as well over the next 10 years. We need your help with this. You can donate to the festival via Paypal below (the donation will be made to Bristol Cultural Development Partnership – which manages the festival – but all donations will go to the festival). All donations are welcome. By working together in this way we can make sure that we continue to celebrate and debate ideas from around the world.

What's next...

Making the City Playable: Conference

Two-day international conference exploring the theme of the Playable City.
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Leading the Green City: An International Exchange

As part of the preparations for Bristol 2015: European Green Capital, this event will provide international insights from some of the most progressive cities in the world.
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Jackie Kay

FIERE: Exploring Deep Friendships Between Women

Poems and stories exploring the affinities between women.
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