Festival of the Future City is returning to Bristol this autumn

Festival of the Future City is returning to Bristol this autumn

Posted on: 08 Oct 2021

The bi-annual event will take place for the fourth time across various city locations and remotely on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October.


The festival is hosted by Bristol Ideas - a partnership organisation exploring the key issues of our time through art and science - who hope it will become the largest public debate about the future of cities.


This year, festival themes include social justice; COP26 and inclusive and sustainable cities; cities and regions after the pandemic; culture and cities; mayoral powers and future devolution and democracy and freedom of expression, among others.


The event brings together people from all of the city's enclaves, from politicians to writers, journalists to artists, and the public to charities. 



Guests at this year's event include mayor Marvin Rees, author Bernardine Evaristo, Ed Miliband, and three Bristol MPs; Darren Jones, Karin Smyth, and Kerry McCarthy.


The Bristol Ideas website reads: "We collaborate widely in the city, nationally and internationally. We are dedicated to building new futures for people, places, and the planet.


"We are committed to commissioning new work; forging lasting partnerships; and supporting artists and organisations to contribute to major cultural programmes.


"Our projects include the creation and renewal of cultural organisations; citywide and national arts and heritage projects; and festivals."


There is a range of free talks and panel discussions to explore across an exciting programme of events this autumn. Find more info and book tickets here.


Main image credit: Willem Hampson

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George Boyle



George is a journalism graduate and writer passionate about music and culture. Get in touch via email at george@365bristol.com