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Next Events/

Dan Fox
Thu 11 February 2016
18:30 - 20:00
Price: £5/ £3
Dan Fox

Pretentiousness, Why it Matters

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Sun 14 February 2016
18:00 - 20:00
Price: £8/ £6
Love the Future: Chains of Love

Bristol800 Weekender

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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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1 hour ago
Swindon's libraries face 60% cuts with 14 out of 15 to have funding withdrawn:
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In March we're looking at forgiveness, empathy, inequality, new economics, free speech and death and life:
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Special preview of new film The Divide on inequality and what we can do to reduce it. 19 March @wshed #bristol800
2 hours ago
Our 2016 programme includes a series of themed weekends. Outline details here:… #bristol800
2 hours ago
This won't take you long to read but will stay with you a long time. Remarkable book.
4 hours ago
RT @ForgivenessProj: #Bristol #Event: 'Surviving Intergenerational Trauma' @FestivalofIdeas @duncan_morrow https://…
8 hours ago
Great review of Charles Foster's Being a Beast on his life as an animal. He's in Bristol April (launched soon).
9 hours ago
'QE and low interest rates...[have] done little for the real economy. The rules of the market need to be rewritten'
11 hours ago
Katherine Symonds-Moore on some of the lessons to be learned from #bristol2015 and The Bristol Method.
11 hours ago
Katherine Symonds-Moore on some of the lessons to be learned from #bristol2015 and The Bristol Method.
11 hours ago
RT @welovethefuture: Next event this Sunday! An #ethical #Valentines night: indy films, #Fairtrade nibbles & more h…
13 hours ago
Hitler satire Look Who's Back to get Netflix debut. We did event with book's author on publication.
13 hours ago
New event 19 March: Raymond Tallis on life and death:…
14 hours ago
Spectator live blogs the Conservative's annual fundraiser - the Black-and-White ball:…
14 hours ago
Excellent find in Bristol Old Vic archives #bristol800
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