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Festival of the Future City

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

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The fourth Festival of the Future City takes place 20-21 October 2021.

The festival aims to be the largest public debate about the future of cities. It brings together politicians, writers, artists, scientists, change-makers, academics, journalists, students, the public, economists, futurists, policy makers, roboticists, philosophers, filmmakers, think tanks, charities, social enterprises, city-builders and more.

Festival themes in 2021 include: social justice; COP26 and inclusive and sustainable cities; urban and planetary health; cities and regions after the pandemic; film and cities; culture and cities; digital futures and cities; mayoral powers and future devolution; democracy and freedom of expression; levelling up; and the future of city and town centres.

Events will be held in-person and online. Most events will be on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 October, but activity will also take place around those dates. Look out for future announcements on this page and follow @bristolideas and #futurecity21 on Twitter to find out more.

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Promotional image for the 2021 festival created by Willem Hampson.
Illustration of some of the Festival of the Future City themes

Festival of the Future City Archive

Below are links to downloads of past Festival of the Future City brochures (PDFs). Playlists of audio recordings of most of the past sessions are available on SoundCloud: 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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