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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.

  • Modernism1922

    Modernism 1922

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

  • Festival of Ideas
    Audience at Paul Collier event

    Festival of Ideas

    The inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year.

  • 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.

  • Bristol City Poet
    Caleb Parkin

    Bristol City Poet

    The role, commissions and other activity of the Bristol City Poet.

  • Film2021
    Film 2021 promotional image by Willem Hampson


    A celebration of Bristol as a world-renowned centre for film-making.

  • Festival of the Future City
    Illustration of some of the Festival of the Future City themes

    Festival of the Future City

    The biennial festival that aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities.

  • A Poetic City
    Thomas Chatterton

    A Poetic City

    The multi-partner, city-wide programme celebrating the legacy of Thomas Chatterton.

  • Homes for Heroes 100
    Comic book reader

    Homes for Heroes 100

    The programme marking the centenary of the building of council estates.

  • Bristol800
    Bristol800 image


    A partnership programme in 2016 that celebrated significant Bristol anniversaries.

  • Bristol2015
    Emmanuel Jal


    Activity in 2015 within the European Green Capital programme.

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