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Bristol Ideas works on a wide range of collaborative programmes, delivering some of the activity itself and taking responsibility for coordinating, promoting and raising funds for the activity of others. Partners range from the local to the international. Some programmes are ongoing; some are recurring; some are for a limited period and linked to specific anniversaries. On these pages you can read about current and past programmes and their individual projects.

  • NYC on Film

    NYC on Film

    Everyone has an image of New York defined by film. And this season showcases these different perspectives through the work of film directors. This season will begin with Joseph von Sternberg’s The Docks of New York and the corrupt streets of 1950s noirs. Then it takes us through the visceral energy of the films of […]

  • James Baldwin 2024

    James Baldwin 2024

    Baldwin remains essential reading 26 years after his death. His novels and essays had huge impact in his time and are more relevant today than ever. He taught generations of readers and campaigners the realities of racism and how we might find ways forward. Baldwin in Bristol In partnership with arts and cultural organisations around […]

  • Bristol 650

    Bristol 650

    Bringing together the joint forces of Visit West, Bristol Ideas, Bristol One City and Bristol BIDs, Bristol 650 is the most ambitious multi-partner heritage project in Bristol for over a decade. It is a project of the city, by the city.  Bristol 650 marks the anniversary of Bristol being granted its independence from other county […]

  • Here + There

    Here + There: The Waste Land

    A collaboration between Aké Arts and Book Festival, Bristol Ideas and Toronto International Festival of Authors.

  • Modernism1922

    Modernism 1922

    Modernism 1922 explores the worlds of film, literature, music, politics and more 100 years ago.

  • Referendum 2022

    Referendum 2022

    This project seeks to promote debate and learning on city governance in the lead up to and after the referendum in May.

  • Bristol2015
    Emmanuel Jal


    Activity in 2015 within the European Green Capital programme.

  • Brunel200
    Fireworks at Clifton Suspension Bridge


    The programme in 2006 marking the bicentenary of I K Brunel.

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