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AC Grayling (c) Mykel Nicolaoul Rex Features
Tue 26 May 2015
12:30 - 13:30
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AC Grayling

The Challenge of Things

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Theodore Zeldin
Tue 26 May 2015
18:30 - 19:30
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Theodore Zeldin

The Hidden Pleasures of Life

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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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2 hours ago
Thank you for coming. Much appreciated. More coming up including two big announcements tomorrow and Wednesday.
3 hours ago
Åsne Seierstad, author of The Bookseller of Kabul, is with us 27 May talking about Anders Breivik
4 hours ago
Jenny Lacey interviewing Margaret Heffernan tonight on the big impact of small changes in another full house event.
5 hours ago
What separates the living from the non-living? George Zarkadakis on will AI Save or Destroy Us? 29 May
5 hours ago
Women’s voices in politics will enrich us all. Caroline Lucas on Parliament and the Fight for Change 27 May
6 hours ago
RT @alokjha: On Tuesday May 26 I'll be talking #TheWaterBook at Bristol @FestivalofIdeas. Do come along if you're in the area
7 hours ago
Caroline Lucas: Every part of our country should be able to contribute to debate & decision-making: Lucas event 27/5
7 hours ago
Conflict is an essential tool for creative thinking. Margaret Heffernan on the big impact of small changes 25 May
8 hours ago
Be inspired by examples of sustainable change with the Schumacher Circle on 20th June @SchumacherInst @biggreenweek
8 hours ago
@ldexterldesign most are put online - normally a few days after each event. Thanks.
8 hours ago
Parliament’s failings are driving people to protest. Caroline Lucas on Parliament and the Fight for Change 27 May
8 hours ago
Great ideas don’t come from offices but from life. Margaret Heffernan on the big impact of small changes 25 May
10 hours ago
RT @J_Kom_: Susan Neiman @FestivalofIdeas was simply brilliant!! Paradoxes of ideologies about growing old and forces of infantilisation...
11 hours ago
Peter Brookes @BrookesTimes on Cameron and Europe and Labour's referendum shift
11 hours ago
Susan Neiman: Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan both fine examples of growing old well - still producing magnificent work. #bfoi
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