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Jane Duffus – Emily Coles Photography
Thu 03 December 2015
19:15 - 20:15
Price: £4
Jane Duffus

Funny Women

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Mark Walport FutureofEnergy Credit: Natural History Museum
Tue 08 December 2015
18:30 - 20:00
Free Admission
Mark Walport

The Future of Energy

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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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5 mins ago
Always one of the best round ups of year.
11 hours ago
We've created an album of audio recordings for Festival of the Future City and will be uploading material to this...
11 hours ago
Worth attending: Europe after the Economic Crisis 10 December with @DanielaGabor @CLeslieMP and others
13 hours ago
New collection of essays from the much-missed Christopher Hitchens (out from @AtlanticBooks 2016):
14 hours ago
RT @PlayableCity: Call for creatives for @PlayableCity Lagos is now open @ngBritishArts @FutureLagos @Cc_HUB https…
19 hours ago
28 'years after his death, these three handsome volumes bring into focus the breadth and coherence of his genius'
19 hours ago
Is a 'reduced tolerance for commuting' responsible for the growth of city centre living? #FutureCity15
20 hours ago
John Harris asks is 'Osborne’s axe...slashing the basics of any civilised society' #economicsfest #futurecity15
20 hours ago
RT @floatsinaditch: Great #thearchers event @FestivalofIdeas tonight. Loads of great behind the scenes and spirited discussion of the drama…
1 day ago
RT @pleavergreen: Loved @BBCTheArchers @FestivalofIdeas
1 day ago
Bit worried about crowd behaviour at Festival of Ideas tonight.
2 days ago
RT @steve4319: Mayor sets out ambition for #Bristol to go CO2 free within 50 years at @FestivalofIdeas cc @cabotins…
2 days ago
That's good news. @philippesands: we'd still like you in Bristol for the book next year. Can you DM contact email
2 days ago
Audio recording of The Mayor's Annual Lecture and Panel Debate 2015 now available.
2 days ago
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