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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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2 hours ago
New book looks at six men who left the American Left and turned right
2 hours ago
Robot financial services replacing humans in US:
2 hours ago
San Francisco is 'too crowded and expensive for all the people who want to live there'. #futurecities
3 hours ago
‘Dream Cities,’ by Wade Graham is an 'ambitious study of the forms and ideas of the contemporary city' #futurecities
4 hours ago
Patti Smith's fifty favourite books
6 hours ago
Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence on now at Somerset House:
6 hours ago
U.S. Senator Cory Booker on the books he's reading, what he likes, James Baldwin and Langston Hughes:
13 hours ago
The #acesupported Bristol 2015 whales in new home.
13 hours ago
Tom Watson: English parliament would mean giving up on Britain.
15 hours ago
On utopia: “Anyone nuts enough to try building heaven on earth is bound for a hell of his own making.”
16 hours ago
Good to see Imaginary Cities with a new book on cities - and timed perfectly for Festival of the Future City 2017
17 hours ago
Farewell to Bristol 2015 as Bristol's year as European Green Capital ends:
17 hours ago
Julie Bindel - @bindelj - on Las Vegas: She speaks in Bristol 19 March on free speech:
24 hours ago
Is a new economics possible? Debate with @AndrewSimms_uk @davidboyle1958 @AnnPettifor @KTrebeck 19 March
1 day ago
Sarah Ditum @sarahditum on 'The Thatcher Problem' She's in our free speech panel 19 March:
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