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The Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year. It is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Bristol City Council and BusinessWest), an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation.

What’s next (below) has a summary of our next three events and Coming up (on left) has a list of the next six. For the full list of events go to What’s on. Each event entry has full booking details. Ticket sales are usually run by the venues where the event takes place as we do not have a central box office; tickets for free events are usually only available when booked online using Eventbrite. New events are launched regularly. To be the first to hear about upcoming events, sign up to our mailing list and Twitter feed. Many of our past events are available to listen to on SoundCloud. We also regularly post news, audio/video links and background information on our Tumblr blog.

Our 10th anniversary appeal
The Festival of Ideas is committed to keeping ticket prices low, and having as many free events as we can. We want the festival to grow as well over the next 10 years. We need your help with this. You can donate to the festival via Paypal below (the donation will be made to Bristol Cultural Development Partnership – which manages the festival – but all donations will go to the festival). All donations are welcome. By working together in this way we can make sure that we continue to celebrate and debate ideas from around the world.

What's next...

Gareth E Rees


Debut novelist discusses and reads from his work.
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All Quiet on the Western Front and A Walk in the Sun

Screening with introduction by Andrew Kelly

Screening with introduction of two classic war films directed by Lewis Milestone.
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Judith Rodin

Building Resilient Cities

Judith Rodin brings together vivid stories with practical insights (such as how to disaster-proof a building) and ground-breaking research to help build a radical future.
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