Programme

16 Oct
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Themes of the day

Big City Thinking Council House Futures
17 Oct
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Themes of the day

Bauhaus Now Democracy and Devolution The Future Green City
18 Oct
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Bristol Futures Nature and Cities Smart Cities
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Big City Thinking Council House Futures
Bauhaus Now Democracy and Devolution The Future Green City
Bristol Futures Nature and Cities Smart Cities

How Should We Think About the Future?

Ian Goldin, Margaret Heffernan, Sophie Howe

What are the long-term trends and ideas – especially in terms of technological change, globalisation and governance – that will have an impact on cities and regions?

FREE View event
16 October 2019 9:15am - 10:15am Watershed

Homes for Heroes 100: The Past, Present and Future of Council Housing

Greg Beales, Brett Christophers, Vanessa Kisuule, Anne Power, Paul Smith

What are the key issues facing housing and a new programme of council house building? Can councils deliver what is needed?

£8£0.00 View event
16 October 2019 9:30am - 10:45am Watershed

Experience CARGO

This special advance event gives you the opportunity to see the outlines of the new CARGO exhibition through an immersive 360 degree video projection space.

FREE View event
16 October 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm Watershed

They Came to a City (U)

Adapted from a J B Priestley stage play, a group of disparate characters discuss their hopes for an ideal city.

£8£5 View event
16 October 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Watershed

Escape Room: Swarm Escape!

Can you imagine swarms of robots collaborating to identify and help combat city pollution, guide firefighters, save the city? Take part in this immersive experience – an escape room unlike any other.

FREE View event
16 October 2019 10:00am - 7:00pm Millennium Square

Who Owns the City?

Sheila Foster, Guy Standing, Romesh Vaitilingam

Who has the right to the city? How can we encourage all to participate in and help make future cities?

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16 October 2019 10:30am - 11:45am Watershed

Beyond Apologies: Past Guilt and Urban Futures

Michele Curtis, Thomas Hermann, Lawrence Hoo, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Michael Jenkins, Louise Mitchell, Olivette Otele, Anne Thomas, Andrew Kelly

Writers, artists, academics and activists debate how guilty cities should feel about their past and – critically – what cities should do about this to create better futures for all.

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16 October 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm Watershed

Walk: Putting Down Roots: The Physic Garden

The Physic Garden is an innovative gardening project, Putting Down Roots, run by homeless charity St Mungo’s. Take a tour of the garden and meet the green-fingered team.

£8£6 View event
16 October 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm Watershed

Homes for Heroes 100: The Addison Vision Today

John Boughton, Madge Dresser, Simon Güntner, Paul Smith

The Addison Act of 1919 introduced the modern council estate. How has council housing changed since then? What can we learn from this?

£8£0.00 View event
16 October 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm Watershed

Why Play Matters

Michael Rosen, Jenny Lacey

At school, children are focused on exams, while at home we're all glued to our phones. Michael Rosen shows us why all we need more play in our lives.

£9£6.50 View event
16 October 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm Watershed

City Challenges Now

Bruno Maçães, Johny Pitts, Roxana Slavcheva, Romesh Vaitilingam

In a series of three short presentations we look at the challenge of China; the way blackness is shaping new identities in cities; and how cities can make innovation work for them. 

£8£0.00 View event
16 October 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm Watershed

Homes for Heroes 100: The Crisis and the Need

Ken Gibb, Paul Hackett, Vicky Spratt

We are in the midst of a long-term housing crisis. What role can council housing play? Where is the vision, locally and nationally?

£8£0.00 View event
16 October 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm Watershed

Walk: Bringing the Medieval City Back to Life

Emma Brown

What are the most effective ways to bring energy and life into a community’s public space?

£8£6 View event
16 October 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm Watershed

The Future of Urban Tolerance

Asher Craig, Sunder Katwala, Sara Khan

What is the state of extremism in cities and towns? Can the pluralistic nature and tolerance of cities combat extremism and build a better future for all?

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16 October 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm Watershed

Cities Can’t Wait: Community Wealth Building and Local Renewal

Matthew Brown, Nat Defriend, Gavin Kelly, Melissa Mean, Charlotte Morgan

In times of austerity, new ways have to be found to provide services and continue to move people and places forward. What lessons can cities share?

£8£0.00 View event
16 October 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm Watershed

Homes for Heroes 100: Council House Lives

Natasha Carthew, Sarah Crown, Lynsey Hanley, Kerry Hudson, Durre Shahwar, Joan Smith

What was it like to grow up in council housing? What can we learn from this for the new programme of council housing today?

£8£0.00 View event
16 October 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm Watershed

Radical Cities

Julian Baggini, Mary O’Hara, Guy Shrubsole, Ece Temelkuran

What would radical cities do today? How would they address issues of poverty, land reform, democracy, the future of life and work?

£9£6.50 View event
16 October 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm Watershed

What Do the Arts Contribute to Cities?

Andrew Dixon, Tristram Hunt, Claire McColgan, Lola Shoneyin

FREE View event
16 October 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm Watershed

Homes for Heroes 100: Building Communities in New Estates

John Boughton, Alice Brownfield, Victor da Cunha, Kate Henderson, Jenny Lacey, John Savage

How do we avoid the problems of the past and create new affordable housing to buy or rent in liveable neighbourhoods?

£8£0.00 View event
16 October 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm Watershed

Utopian Ideas for Future Places

Tristram Hunt, Tim Cole

What can the great city builders of the past teach us about cities now?

£9£6.50 View event
16 October 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm Watershed

Delivering for Bristol: The Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address and Debate

Marvin Rees, Sheila Foster, Bruno Maçães, Tony Pipa, Lola Shoneyin, Ece Temelkuran, Andrew Kelly

As Mayor Marvin Rees reaches the end of his first term, he reflects on the work of his administration and where it goes next.

FREE View event
16 October 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm Wills Memorial Building

Bauhaus and Women

Sian Norris, Jana Revedin, Naomi Wood

What was the impact of the women of the Bauhaus? And what can we learn today from their lives and work?

£5£3 View event
16 October 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm Spike Island

Lux Musicae

Lux Musicae London, Ignacio Lusardi, Ahmed Mukhtar

Ensemble Lux Musicae London in collaboration with Flamenco virtuoso Ignacio Lusardi and oud maestro Ahmed Mukhtar set Sephardic and Arabic music alongside Spanish composers of the late 16th to 18th centuries to tell a story of the Iberian peninsula and its music.

£20£15 View event
16 October 2019 7:30pm - 9:25pm St George's Bristol

Homes for Heroes 100: Showcase

Cash Carraway, Madge Dresser, Mary O’Hara

FREE View event
16 October 2019 8:00pm - 9:15pm Watershed

100 Years of Knowle West Style

Immerse yourself in 100 years of life in Knowle West: architecture, music, food, fashion, interiors and stories of everyday cultural icons.

FREE View event
17 October 2019 9:00am - 9:00pm Knowle West Media Centre

Fighting the Climate Emergency in the Anthropocene

Paul Chatterton, Peter Clegg, Carla Denyer, Chris Dunford, Zakiya Mckenzie, Anna Starkey

What is the Anthropocene and what does it mean for cities? What actions will follow climate emergency declarations?

£8£0.00 View event
17 October 2019 9:00am - 10:15am Watershed

Regional Imbalances and Deep Devolution

Gillian Bristow, Michael Kenny, Bob Kerslake, Henri Murison

Has devolution stalled? What have been the successes and problems so far? What should cities be demanding?

FREE View event
17 October 2019 10:00am - 11:00am Watershed

Person/hood

Jay Bernard

Experience Jay Bernard's film – featuring a series of interviews drawing on the history of the Temple Quarter site and the vision for its future – through VR.

FREE View event
17 October 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm Watershed

New Towns, Our Town: Stories on Screen (U)

New Towns, Our Town: Stories on Screen seeks to increase the visibility of, and pride in, the story of the New Town movement, and the unique social history and heritage of these pioneering towns.

£8£5 View event
17 October 2019 10:00am - 11:30am Watershed

Escape Room: Swarm Escape!

Can you imagine swarms of robots collaborating to identify and help combat city pollution, guide firefighters, save the city? Take part in this immersive experience – an escape room unlike any other.

FREE View event
17 October 2019 10:00am - 7:00pm Millennium Square

City Psychiatrist

Yiota Demetriou, Nick Fogarty, Marcus Gilroy-Ware, Tim Kindberg, Sarah Selby

Speak for and about the city you live in to help build better places for the future.

FREE View event
17 October 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm Various venues

Bauhaus Now

Charles Landry, Chris Murray, Darran Anderson, Sunand Prasad, Jana Revedin, Michiel Schwarz, Rhiannon Corcoran, Miatta Fahnbulleh, Simon Güntner, Hilary O’Shaughnessy, Ania Pilipenko, Finn Williams, Cecilia Wong, Anna Lisa Boni, Kathy McArdle, Marleen Stikker

£25£20 View event
17 October 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm Watershed

Work and Life in the Green City

Paul Chatterton, Miatta Fahnbulleh, Rob Hopkins, Guy Standing, Will Stronge

It's widely agreed we're in a climate crisis, but what do we do? Our panel looks at communities and new economic thinking.

£8£0.00 View event
17 October 2019 10:45am - 11:45am Watershed

Walk: Unbuilt Bristol

Eugene Byrne

Learn about proposals for building schemes and monuments that never happened, from the practical to the brutally inappropriate to the just plain ridiculous.

£8£6 View event
17 October 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm Watershed

New Town Utopia (15)

New Town Utopia tells the challenging, funny and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon.

£8£5 View event
17 October 2019 12:00pm - 1:13pm Watershed

The Green New Deal

Ann Pettifor, Martin Parker

What is the Green New Deal, and what would it deliver? What are the implications for cities?

£8£0.00 View event
17 October 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm Watershed

Fighting for Equality

Carrie Gracie, Jenny Lacey

What can women, men and employers do to achieve pay equality for future generations of women?

£9£6.50 View event
17 October 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm Watershed

Can Both Cities and Towns Prosper?

Kerry Hudson, Will Jennings, Lisa Nandy, Nick Pearce, Ros Wynne-Jones

As power is (slowly) devolved to sub-regions, towns and cities need to work together and plan for the future. How can we ensure that both prosper?

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17 October 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm Watershed

Are We Measuring What Matters in Cities?

Michele Acuto, Jessica Espey, Sean Fox, Patricia McCarney, Liz Zeidler

Around the world, people are developing ways to gather and interpret real-time data about everything from traffic flows to the moods of crowds. But do we really need all this data? Are we measuring the right things?

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17 October 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm Watershed

Faith in This Place: How Is the Christian Church Reshaping Itself in the Future City?

Tim Dobson

How do contemporary Christian organisations contribute to, shape and influence city development and city life?

£6£4 View event
17 October 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm The New Room

Cities and the SDGs: Can Local Action Help Solve Global Challenges?

Susan Parnell, Erin Bromaghim, Kirsty Green Mann, Alexandra Hiniker, Tony Pipa

Cities are increasingly seen as pivotal arenas for tackling the sustainable development goals, but can they deliver on them all? Can cities save the world?

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17 October 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm Watershed

Renewing Democracy

Michele Acuto, Claudia Chwalisz, Darren Hughes, Michael Kenny, Ece Temelkuran

Is there a role for cities in making democracy work for all? How do we get the city leaders we need? How can we get citizens engaged in their city?

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17 October 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm Watershed

Influencers: Muslim and Jewish Communities in Bristol

Peter Brill, Mohammed Elsharif, Zehra Haq, Saiqa Khan, Clare Sandler

How do community-focused support organisations need to adapt as a city becomes increasingly diverse?

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17 October 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm Watershed

Can We Thrive as an Urban Species?: The Cabot Institute Annual Lecture 2019

Sean Fox, Andrew Kelly, Helen Manchester, Susan Parnell

Cabot Institute Annual Lecture 2019

FREE View event
17 October 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm Wills Memorial Building

Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four Today

Jake Chapman, Sarah Ditum, Dorian Lynskey, Jean Seaton, Ece Temelkuran

Writers and artists debate Orwell and the meaning and importance of Nineteen Eighty-Four today.

£9£6.50 View event
17 October 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm Watershed

Escape Room: Swarm Escape!

Can you imagine swarms of robots collaborating to identify and help combat city pollution, guide firefighters, save the city? Take part in this immersive experience – an escape room unlike any other.

FREE View event
18 October 2019 9:00am - 2:00pm Millennium Square

The Bristol Transformation: Creating Great Places

Two significant areas of redevelopment are the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and the YTL Filton arena project. What's the vision for each project and for the city and West of England?

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18 October 2019 9:15am - 12:00pm Watershed

Greening Bristol

Who’s doing good work in Bristol on greening the city and helping nature recover and prosper?

£8£0.00 View event
18 October 2019 9:30am - 10:30am Watershed

Race and the City: Tackling Race Inequality

Whether it’s countering overt racism and extremism or lower pay, lack of opportunities and discrimination, cities have a crucial role to play in creating better futures for all.

£80£195 View event
18 October 2019 9:30am - 3:45pm City Hall

Making Planning Work

How do we make planning work so that we can build future cities at the same time as ensuring the democratic process is respected?

FREE View event
18 October 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm Watershed

The Dilapidated Dwelling (PG)

In Patrick Keiller's film, a fictional researcher returns from a 20-year absence in the Arctic to find that the UK's houses are the most dilapidated in western Europe.

£8£5 View event
18 October 2019 10:00am - 11:30am Watershed

Walk: Old Market with Edson Burton

Edson Burton

Old Market is a barometer of Bristol and British history. Edson Burton charts the fascinating journey with a range of anecdotes drawn from interviews with past and present residents.

£8£6 View event
18 October 2019 10:30am - 12:45pm The Stag & Hounds

Walk: Bristol’s Urban Myths

Eugene Byrne

For more than 30 years Eugene Byrne has been filing away historical yarns, plus the tall tales he’s heard in the pub or newsroom. Join him for a tour of some of Bristol's least believable stories.

£8£6 View event
18 October 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm Watershed

Homes for Heroes 100: Ashton Rise

Ashton Rise is a new housing development in Ashton Vale, South Bristol for private and council houses. Take a tour and discuss the innovation there.

£8£6 View event
18 October 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm Ashton Rise

Climate Change in the City: Sustainable and Nature-Friendly Responses

Helen Clarkson, Emma Howard Boyd, Peter Madden, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh

How can we use green infrastructure to tackle climate change and also ensure that our responses make cities greener and better places to live?

£8£0.00 View event
18 October 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm Watershed

Futur Ville

Gavin Bridge, Edson Burton, Lhosa Daly, Kara de Los Reyes, Doug Francisco, Paul Hassan, Adibah Iqbal, Katie McClymont, Paula Orell, Henry Palmer, Wim Penhaul, Stephen Pritchard, Shankari Raj, Martin Schwegmann, Gill Simmons, Oliver Sutherland

Futur Ville is a series of events inspired by the complex relationship between artists, creative communities, urban regeneration and cultural policy.

£35£20 View event
18 October 2019 12:00pm - 7:00pm The Arts Mansion

How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Marcus du Sautoy, Jenny Lacey

Will a computer ever compose a symphony, write a prize-winning novel, or paint a masterpiece? And if so, would we be able to tell the difference? 

£9£6.50 View event
18 October 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm Watershed

Making Nature-Friendly Cities a Reality

Jan Bessell, Gemma Jerome, Clare Owens, Lorraine Whitmarsh

What practical steps can be taken to make our cities greener and more nature friendly?

£8£0.00 View event
18 October 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm Watershed

The Engaged University and Social Mobility

John Goddard, Joanna Holmes, Tom Sperlinger, Caitlin Zaloom

What role do – and should – universities play in the places they are based and the communities they work in? What contribution should universities make to social mobility?

FREE View event
18 October 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm Watershed

Walk: Contested History with Madge Dresser: Bristol Slavery Trail

Madge Dresser

The Bristol slavery trail was first devised in 1999. Madge Dresser leads a walk looking at new findings, debunking some myths, and considering current controversies arising from the city’s slaving past and how it should be remembered.

£8£6 View event
18 October 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm Watershed

Social Innovation in the Future City

Dominik Byrne, Edson Burton, Mena Fombo, Jenny Foster, Becca Rose Glowacki, Euella Jackson, Sado Jirde, Janine Marriott, Annie Menter, Rissa Mohabir, Georgina Perry, Terri Rotchell, Dave Taylor-Matthews, Simon Tepper

The grant holders from the social innovation grant scheme talk about their experiences and what they have planned.

FREE View event
18 October 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm Watershed

Building Liveable Neighbourhoods

Nicola Beech, Mark Drane, Steve Melia, Miriam Ricci, Danielle Sinnett

What makes a liveable neighbourhood? What recommendations can we bring together for future cities?

FREE View event
18 October 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm Watershed

The Experimental City: A Documentary

Darran Anderson, Jonathan Carr, Roxana Slavcheva, Andrew Kelly

The Minnesota Experimental City (MXC) project was a futuristic attempt to solve urban problems by creating a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota.

£8£5 View event
18 October 2019 2:45pm - 5:00pm Watershed

Paul Mason on Radical Cities

Paul Mason, Madhu Krishnan

In the centenary of Red Vienna and the Weimar Republic, Paul Mason looks at radical cities in the past and now.

£9£6.50 View event
18 October 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm Watershed

MPs’ Question Time

Thangam Debbonaire, Darren Jones, Kerry McCarthy, Karin Smyth, Jenny Lacey

What do Bristol's four MPs think about the future of the city?

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18 October 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm Watershed

Robot Swarms in Our Cities

Join researchers from the Hauert Lab at the University of Bristol and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to help define the role of robot swarms in future cities.

FREE View event
18 October 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm Watershed

How We Betrayed the Windrush Generation

Amelia Gentleman, Marie-Annick Gournet, Colin Grant

 At a time when nation states are pulling up the drawbridges and putting up barriers and walls, Gentleman and Grant explore how to create better and more tolerant places in the future. 

£9£6.50 View event
18 October 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm Watershed

A House Through Time

Mary Crisp, David Olusoga

A House Through Time has captivated viewers with its first two series and the next series will feature a Bristol house. What do the findings tell us about how cities have changed? And what might houses and places be like in the future?

£9£6.50 View event
18 October 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm Watershed

Finding My Voice

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain considers her roles as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity, and questions the barriers which many women must cross to be heard.

£25 View event
18 October 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm St George's Bristol