In association with

The Observer logo
  • Tiffany Dufu c Elizabeth Lippman

    Tiffany Dufu

    Leadership expert and former President of the White House Project Read more >

    Read more >

  • sayeeda-warsi

    Sayeeda Warsi

    UK’s first Muslim Cabinet minister on social justice, integration and 'British values' Read more >

    Read more >

  • Martha Spurrier

    Coleridge Lecture 2017

    Martha Spurrier (Director of Liberty) on hate, hostility and human rights Read more >

    Read more >

  • patricia-lockwood-c-grep-hoax

    Patricia Lockwood

    The poet and writer talks about her unusual upbringing in the American Midwest Read more >

    Read more >

Next Events/

Mon 27 March 2017
19:00 - 20:00
Fully Booked
Lisa Feldman Barrett

How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

View Event
Thu 30 March 2017
18:00 - 20:00
Free Admission
Hugh Brody

The 2017 George Brandt Lecture

View Event

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.


From the Archive/ See All

Join the debate/

2 hours ago
New book coming from Evan Davis on Post-Truth to explain "why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent"
17 hours ago
Will we avoid death in a post-human future?
17 hours ago
Wonderful that this has been such a success.
18 hours ago
Richard Reeves - his biography of Mill is worth reading - has a good weekly letter. Subscribe here:
18 hours ago
RT @purple_feminist: Bristolians! I'm organising a poetry party for #Refugee Women of Bristol with my fellow @Persisters2017 - come along a…
18 hours ago
Worth reading this thread for debate on future of US cities. @futurecity17
18 hours ago
Jed Kolko also has some points on the future of US cities. #futurecity17
1 day ago
RT @purple_feminist: Just booked tickets to see @NimkoAli and @TriciaLockwood at Bristol's @FestivalofIdeas. Excited! 😍
1 day ago
On visit to Wolverhampton yesterday saw impressive Lighthouse Media Centre in old Chubb Locks Building…
1 day ago
Arundhati Roy is on Desert Island Discs now:
1 day ago
Weekend reading includes this remarkable new book by George Saunders from @BloomsburyBooks
1 day ago
Recording of last week's event with Rutger Bregman is here:
1 day ago
Jay Rayner: 'I’d always much rather be in Bristol. Who wouldn’t?'
1 day ago
Article praising cities Ross Douthat is reacting against is here: #futurecity17
1 day ago
Ross Douthat argues against 'What’s really great about America is its big, booming, liberal cities' #futurecity17
Bristol Festival of Ideas is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership
Arts Council ColourBusiness West ColourBristol Council ColourUoB-Colour-250x100UWE-Logo

Stay up to date with Bristol Festival of Ideas/

Make sure you don't miss out on any events by signing up to our mailing list.

Sign up to the Mailing List