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. Set over three days the festival – which aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – brought 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. 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.

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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 Festival of Ideas blog page.

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The 2015 Festival

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.

Will Self at Festival of the Future City 2015

Festival of the Future City is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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Top image by Jack Goddard; image of guided walk by @JonCraig_photos