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

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

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As Mayor Marvin Rees reaches the end of his first term, he reflects on the work of his administration and where it goes next. What has been delivered? Housing has been a priority for his time in office. In the year of Homes for Heroes 100, where Bristol has the largest programme of events nationally marking and celebrating the council estate, Mayor Rees reflects on the housing needs of the city, the homes built, and the new homes to come.

He addresses his commitment to combatting inequality and what has been achieved; making a better environment for all and what the declaration of climate emergency means for Bristol; progress in transport and the arena; and his work on migration and refugees.

He also looks at the needs of future cities and what Bristol’s demands should be for further devolution from central government.

Following Mayor Rees’ State of the City Address a panel of international experts will debate the future of cities around the world. Including Sheila Foster (Georgetown Univerisity and Global Parliament of Mayors); Bruno Maçães (Hudson Institute/ Flint Global Renmin University in China and formerly Portugal’s Europe minister 2013-2015); Tony Pipa (Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Brookings); Lola Shoneyin (novelist: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives  and director of Ake Arts and Book Festival); and Ece Temelkuran (novelist, commentator and author most recently of How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship).

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