Festival of the Future City returns this October.

Our third Festival of the Future City takes place in Bristol 16-18 October 2019. Set over three days the festival – which aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – brings together politicians, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders and more.

Join us to explore the key issues and solutions for our cities, including: big city thinking; the fourth industrial revolution; populism and dealing with the results of populism; Brexit; radical cities (including a look at the 100th anniversaries of Red Vienna, Weimar and the Bauhaus); German cities 30 years since the wall came down; creating nature-rich cities; economics and productivity; how cities are dealing with legacies of slavery, civil war and the Holocaust; and faith organisations and city futures.

The programe/

Download the 2019 brochure here.

The festival website www.futurecityfestival.co.uk has full details, including all speaker names and biographies and booking links.

Join the debates on Twitter at #futurecity19 and @festivalofideas.

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Listen Again: Festival of the Future City 2017/


How do we make the cities that we really want to live in? The future of cities is fraught with challenges, but full of possibility.

Our second Festival of the Future City took place 18-20 October 2017. Participants explored the key issues for the future of our cities: how we can solve growing inequality and segregation; build healthy cities and places; foster sustainable cities; and explore a future of devolved powers.

Download the brochure here

A book providing background to the festival themes was distributed free to audience members and can be downloaded here. You can find further details of the sources used for the book on the blog page.

Audio recordings of events are available in a special playlist on SoundCloud.

There are albums of photographs taken by @JonCraig_Photos on Flickr:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

Festival of the Future City 2014/2015/

The first Festival of the Future City 2014/2015 was an 18-month programme of work that culminated in a major series of 69 events over four days from 17 to 20 November 2015 – including the buildup there were 139 events in total with over 20,000 participants. Details of the first festival are here. Much of the festival was filmed and a book has been published.

An album of photographs of events is available on Flickr and audio recordings are on SoundCloud.

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