Date posted: 18 March 10
Today, we announce the programme for the Bristol Festival of Ideas’ sixth annual May Festival, with over 45 new events taking place in venues across the city from 5th to 29th May 2009.
Special themes include paranoia, inequality and animal rights, and we’re delighted to welcome back philosopher Peter Singer who will present a special lecture on his book Animal Liberation 35 years on. We will also be launching the first annual Louis Sherwood Memorial Lecture on 19th May, and there will be events with speakers including Antonia Fraser on Harold Pinter, Gary Younge and Brooke Magnanti (better know as Belle de Jour) on identity, Peter Hitchens and Christopher Hitchens, Andrea Levy on her new novel, and Melvyn Bragg, the best communicator of ideas in our time.
We launch a new theme this year – The Bristol Phenomenon – which looks at creativity in Bristol through time. Whether it be the engineering genius of Brunel, Thomas Beddoes’ work in Hotwells, achievements in film, theatre and television, animation, medicine, music, digital media and aerospace, Bristol is one of the leading creative cities, full of innovative and imaginative people, and we celebrate that. Look out for The Bristol Phenomenon category under ‘Topics’ on our website.
Other events will look at the visual arts, heart surgery, aid and trade, the Cold War, happiness, scepticism, atheism, God and the afterlife, slavery and feminism, and, on 19th May, we will announce the winner of the second Bristol Festival of Ideas Book Prize, supported by Arts & Business.
Our events take place in venues across Bristol city centre. Full programme details and booking information, along with updates and announcements of new events, can be found in the What’s On section of our website.
Click here to browse our full programme of events, or download our paper brochure from the column on the right.
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