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  • Bristol Ideas

    Bristol Ideas Statement

    The board of Bristol Ideas announced today that the organisation would close in May 2024.

  • Bristol 650

    Read the Bristol 650 Book Here

    This book brings together essays from over 30 contributors, addressing some of the challenges the city faces and sharing ideas about how we might meet them. From dealing with the past, the future of social care, culture and housing to build a city of aspiration, the book looks to promote learning about the future of […]

  • Bristol 650

    New bus unveiled to celebrate the Bristol Bus Boycott anniversary

    To mark the 60th anniversary of the Bristol Bus Boycott, First Bus unveiled a new commemorative double-decker bus. Local businesses, community groups, residents and city leaders came together to celebrate the anniversary of the four-month boycott, which took place in 1963 and was initiated following the introduction of a new rule by bus operators of […]

  • Festival of the Future City

    Out Of The Rubble: Berlin On Film

    After 1945 Germany and Berlin was split and the building of the Berlin Wall cemented this until 1989 when the Velvet Revolutions that year saw the defeat of Communism, the start of reunification and the restoration of the city as the capital. Out of the Rubble: Berlin On Film looks at this history through film. The […]

  • James Baldwin 2024

    Baldwin in Bristol

    Ahead of James Baldwin’s 100th anniversary in 2024, Bristol Ideas is joining forces with various arts and culture organisations around Bristol to host Baldwin in Bristol, a long weekend of events (19-22 October) around the city celebrating the life and work of the great writer. James Baldwin – one of the best, most passionate, honest […]

  • Bristol 650

    Artist Till Lukat Selected as Illustrator of the Cover of the Bristol 650 Book

    We received applications from 33 local artists to design the cover of the Bristol 650 book. From these, three were selected to move forward to a shortlist, from which Till Lukat was named as the winner. The Bristol 650 book will be designed, printed and published by Bristol Books, with 1,000 copies being given away […]

  • Bristol Ideas

    Pay What You Feel: Why We’re Keeping Our Flexible Pricing Structure

    Our Pay What You Feel ticketing system enables our audiences to choose the ticket price they feel is in accordance with their means. Through this, those who can afford to can subsidise the tickets of those from lower-income backgrounds while also helping us ensure our speakers are paid fairly for their work. Bristol Ideas aims […]

  • Bristol 650

    Bristol 650 secures funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund

    Bristol 650 marks 650 years since King Edward III granted Bristol its independence from other county authorities, making it a city and a county in its own right. The Heritage Fund, renowned for its dedication to preserving and promoting cultural heritage, has awarded over £110,000 towards Bristol 650 activities taking place across the city which […]

  • Bristol 650

    Design a Bus to Commemorate The Bristol Bus Boycott

    The bus design competition is part of the ‘Drive for Change’ campaign from First West of England, who have teamed up with Bristol Ideas, Creative Connex and Curiosity UnLtd to commemorate this momentous anniversary. The competition winner will see their artwork transform one of First West of England’s Bristol buses, as well as receiving a […]

  • Bristol 650

    Illustrate the Cover of the Bristol 650 book

    As part of the Bristol 650 project, we’re bringing together a collection of newly commissioned essays about the future of Bristol. The book will be given away at this year’s Festival of the Future City. We’re looking to commission a locally based artist to create an illustration for the cover of the book. There is a fee […]

  • Bristol 650

    Bristol Bus Boycott Community Grant Scheme

    Individuals and artists can apply for funds of between £250 and £5,000 to support activities created for, with and by the community. This could include Elder lunches, music workshops, book talks, walking tours, art installations, sporting activities or wider community projects. Applicants simply need to demonstrate how they will make a positive impact on race […]

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