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Mon 10 August 2015
19:30 - 21:30
Bordeaux Quay
Free Admission
Oceans, Energy Use and Climate Change: The View from Bristol

An Artists Project Earth event

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Tue 18 August 2015
19:30 - 21:30
Bordeaux Quay
Free Admission
Dealing with Plastics and Water Pollution: From the Land to the Sea

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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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6 hours ago
Delighted to have Martin Ruhs in #economicsfest. Full details here: http://t.co/WAGArL41GL https://t.co/U93Hn098nT
12 hours ago
Are we moving (slowly) to higher interest rates? Economists and homeowners brace for Super Thursday #economicsfest http://t.co/hV2oHLqJXU
12 hours ago
Coming up 12 November in #economicsfest: The No-Growth Economy: Is it the Only Way to Save the Planet? http://t.co/MJDhwVb4J9
17 hours ago
Atul Gawande on Making Life Meaningful, All the Way to the End http://t.co/A2EfFCrBW5. He's in Bristol 9 October http://t.co/c26phZ2ttQ
18 hours ago
Salman Rushdie on new Harper Lee book. Rushdie in Bristol 11 October http://t.co/j79PjJupYj https://t.co/ygV7MJ3abB
19 hours ago
We debate immigration and prosperity in #economicsfest 14 November: http://t.co/LEz8lpudLy
19 hours ago
Full details of 2015 Festival of Economics 12-14 November here: http://t.co/WAGArL41GL #economicsfest
19 hours ago
Heather Stewart: George Osborne should publish distributional analysis of welfare cuts: http://t.co/JWc6VFhoXx. #economicsfest
20 hours ago
Jonathan Portes: 'The truth about the people and numbers in loud and furious migration debate' http://t.co/CHW0ALLzNz
20 hours ago
Has capitalism has had its day? John Rentoul interviews Paul Mason http://t.co/8dVvI0cBKt
20 hours ago
Endangered species projected onto Empire State Building last night https://t.co/kVCikv546i
1 day ago
Ed Vulliamy on Vidal vs Buckley: ‘Don’t call me a crypto-Nazi!’ The lost heart of political debate: http://t.co/265zSonILC
1 day ago
Thomas Heatherwick’s designs dazzle, but costs have stirred debate over role of private financing for public spaces. http://t.co/Ptdw2XQYOE
1 day ago
Dan Price set a minimum salary of $70,000 for his 120 employees, making some happy but causing turmoil as well: http://t.co/pcNKRorLym
1 day ago
Brent Toderian on innovative city halls. He's in Bristol November for Festival of the Future City. https://t.co/g7wYwVaJqp
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