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Tue 05 September 2017
18:30 - 19:30
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Robert Webb

How Not to be a Boy

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Wed 13 September 2017
19:00 - 20:00
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Frank Close

Bristol Cream: Fame and Infamy at the Heart of the Atom

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James Bloodworth (@J_Bloodworth) on working undercover in Britain’s low-pay economy 18 Oct: #futurecity17
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How do you rebuild Syria after civil war? Marwa Al-Sabouni 18 Oct #futurecity17
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What can we learn from Vienna’s 20th-century housing programmes for today’s cities? #futurecity17
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Our programme for Festival of the Future City is now online at Booking open now for paid for events #futurecity17
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Explore the vital role of inclusion in bringing about the transition to a sustainable city. 19 Oct: #futurecity17
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What can we learn from Mexico City? Join Gabriella Gómez-Mont 18 Oct: #futurecity17
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How do we make cities healthier places to be? Simon Stevens (Chief Exec NHS England), 20 Oct:…
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Thangam Debbonaire, John Harris and Sunder Katwala discuss immigration and future cities. 19 Oct:…
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What does the good life look like in the twenty-first century? George Monbiot 19 Oct:…
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What does Bristol think about immigration, past, currently and for the future? 20 Oct: #futurecity17
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What methods can we adopt to ensure disabled people are the gatekeepers of their own futures? 20 Oct: #futurecity17
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Afua Hirsch explores issues of identity, inclusion and belonging. 20 Oct: #futurecity17
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How should we see cities? Filmmaker Mark Cousins 18 Oct #futurecity17
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Share your vision for the city and shape Bristol’s future 20 Oct: #futurecity17
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Richard Blyth (@RichardBlyth7): Will driverless cars revolutionise our streets? 18 Oct #futurecity17
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