Delivering for Bristol: The Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address 2017

Marvin Rees, Miles Chambers, James Brooks, Carolyn Hassan, Jack Payne, Eve Szczelkun and Julia Unwin

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This event is fully booked. If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact Watershed Box Office. As this is a free event, we will be admitting those queuing on the night without a ticket into any empty seats 5 minutes before the start. 

In his first State of the City address in 2016, Mayor Marvin Rees put forward his vision for Bristol. Now he turns to how he is delivering this vision. Against a background of financial difficulties and austerity, Rees looks at the positive future plans for Bristol – from the arena to transport; how the council will help solve the housing crisis; and how he will make a city that works for all. He’ll also launch the Bristol One-City Plan for debate.

In addition to the state of the city address the evening includes an introduction by Professor Hugh Brady, a new poem from Miles Chambers, Bristol Poet Laureate, and a panel discussion with James Brooks (City Solutions Director, National League of Cities, Washington DC); Carolyn Hassan (Knowle West Media Centre), Julia Unwin (former Director Joseph Rowntree Foundation, now chair of Civil Society Futures); and Jack Payne and Eve Szczelkun, Bristol’s Youth Mayors.


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