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    Future City Festival

    Booking for Festival of the Future City (17-20 November) now open Read more >

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    Salman Rushdie

    Don't miss the last few tickets for this special event at St Georges on Sun 11 October Read more >

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    Erica Jong

    New autumn event with the author of the revolutionary bestseller Fear of Flying Read more >

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    Nawal El Saadawi

    Writer, campaigner and feminist fighting for social justice in Egypt Read more >

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    Festival of Economics

    Booking for our annual festival programmed by Diane Coyle now open Read more >

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Next Events/

Atul Gawande c. tim llewellyn i
Fri 09 October 2015
18:30 - 19:30
Fully Booked
Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End

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Rushdie, Salman- c. Beowulf Sheehan – NEW
Sun 11 October 2015
14:00 - 15:00
Price: £9/ £8
Salman Rushdie

Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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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
ICE presents A Rubbish Debate, Bristol on 13 October 18.00-20.00. Come along to listen to the Panel and join in...
2 hours ago
RT @BrisCentreBID: Some great events taking place at @wshed next month for @FestivalofIdeas's #FestivalOfTheFutureCity #futurecity15 http:/…
2 hours ago
Good to have you there and involved in the debate. Please do encourage all your colleagues/ shops to come. Thank you
3 hours ago
Nature rich cities as part of Festival of Future City: how to enhance & protect spaces for wildlife in urban areas:
3 hours ago
Architectural writer and critic Owen Hatherley leads a walk looking at city change in time of austerity 18 November
5 hours ago
Michael Marmot: 'Social injustice is killing on a grand scale' See Marmot 18 November
5 hours ago
Ian Thomson: Cats, whisky and modernity: the J.G. Ballard I knew We have special preview of High Rise 19 November
6 hours ago
Delighted to be working with @UWEBristol on our Festival of the Future City including @emarco14 @uwearch @UWEArchBuiltEnv.
7 hours ago
Singapore seniors to get robotic personal trainers. We look at what we can learn from Smart Nation Singapore for...
7 hours ago
What can we learn from Singapore in its aim to be first smart nation? Free event with @steveleonardSG 17 November
7 hours ago
Delighted to be working with Situations on this as part of Festival of the Future City
7 hours ago
Singapore seniors to get robotic personal trainers Smart Nation Singapore Event 17 Nov
7 hours ago
UK end-of-life care 'best in world' thanks to NHS and hospices: Something to discuss with Atul Gawande tonight.
8 hours ago
Jonathan Meades in front of mini Eiffel Tower. He talks about cities and places 19 November:
12 hours ago
Online brochure for November Bristol Festival of the Future City here: #futurecity15
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