Bristol Festival of Ideas aims to stimulate people’s minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year. It started as an annual festival taking place each May but now runs throughout the year delivering over 100 events across the city. It is produced by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

Our festivals programme also includes the annual Coleridge Series (spring) and Festival of Economics (November) and the biennial Festival of the Future City (October). Find out more here.

Listen again/

Over 2,000 events have been run as part of Festival of Ideas, Festival of Economics and Festival of the Future City. Have a listen back in our archive.

The Festival of Ideas is run in association with the Observer.


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No BCDP partners are responsible for the FOI programme and speakers invited. Please see our Freedom of Speech policy.