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Bristols Blue Whale   Paul Box    please credit paulbox©
Mon 10 August 2015
19:30 - 21:30
Bordeaux Quay
Free Admission
Oceans, Energy Use and Climate Change: The View from Bristol

An Artists Project Earth event

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Bristols Blue Whale   Paul Box    please credit paulbox©
Tue 18 August 2015
19:30 - 21:30
Bordeaux Quay
Free Admission
Dealing with Plastics and Water Pollution: From the Land to the Sea

An Artists Project Earth event

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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.

Roberto Saviano 2015 event

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57 mins ago
Even near his life's end Oliver Sacks continues to write beautifully: http://t.co/OoIThQ2E0v http://t.co/ubOQRe2neI
2 hours ago
'Galleries: let's ditch the artspeak and artybollocks' - actually all the arts should follow Orwell's rules http://t.co/c0WpUQSbfn
6 hours ago
RT @crookedfootball: excited that @FestivalofIdeas F of Economics includes @MartinRuhs @susiesymes1 and @diane1859 on immigration. I'll be …
14 hours ago
Scenes from our Exceptional #ACEsupported Richard Long exhibition opening tonight @ArnolfiniArts #Bristol2015 http://t.co/qULefXsnij
18 hours ago
Interview with co-director of Best of Enemies on the Vidal-Buckley debates and political debate now: http://t.co/6yFGqMtHWb On @wshed now.
22 hours ago
Latest bumper summer newsletter here with details of new autumn events and #economicsfest, #bristolwhales events http://t.co/XDcw75FBMs
22 hours ago
Journalist to Richard Long: 'if you stopped walking would you still be an artist?' Richard Long: 'yes' #ACEsupported http://t.co/FnMLmsJsI5
23 hours ago
Vince Cable on the future British economy in an uncertain world in #economicsfest 12 November http://t.co/JkKGdUnO0V http://t.co/9ol0KJ3DOD
1 day ago
Another exciting day for us as one of our #ACEsupported Exceptional projects - Richard Long exhibition - opens http://t.co/N1HWKqdbwz
1 day ago
Everyone should follow @BirdgirlUK - inspirational young naturalist from Bristol.
1 day ago
.@MelissaSterry yes - pleased to say @Oniropolis will be in Bristol for Festival of the Future City in November
1 day ago
Darran Anderson's @Oniropolis IMAGINARY CITIES one of New Scientist's top reading summer tips https://t.co/0Jm2RkctXn http://t.co/VXs8CdOO7u
1 day ago
Paul Mason's Postcapitalism will be debated widely. Here's an extract. http://t.co/rO0Acx7yPT Our debate in autumn. Follow @paulmasonnews
1 day ago
Douglas Murray: 'Paul Mason's Postcapitalism is proof that the left is out of ideas' https://t.co/vP6mTom9pq
1 day ago
Over half tickets sold for Atul Gawande 9 October already: http://t.co/rMtAjba7wo. Don't miss this chance http://t.co/iCCO1QpAp2
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