The 2019 Festival

Our third Festival of the Future City took place in Bristol 16-18 October 2019. It explored 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 2017 Festival

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.

Future City illustration

A book providing background to the festival themes was distributed free to audience members and can be downloaded here. Listen to events from the festival here.

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 build-up 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.

Image credit: Jack Goddard