Bristol Festival of Ideas

Claudia Rankine – In conversation with David Olusoga

Fri 13 October 2017
20:00pm – 21:00pm
Price: £10/ £8

Claudia Rankine is one of America’s leading commentators on race, whiteness and Black Lives Matter. In her distinctive and award-winning books Citizen and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Rankine weaves poetry, lyric essay, photography and visual art to examine the experience of race and racism in Western society.

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Strangers to the City: Untold Stories of Ethnic Minorities and Refugees in Bristol, 1200-1963


Tue 17 October 2017
11:00am -13:00pm
Starts Bristol Bus Station
Free Admission

For the past thousand years, Bristol’s welcome to refugees and ‘foreigners’ varied from the welcoming to the hostile. Led by Madge Dresser, this guided walk highlights the little-known stories of Bristol’s refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants, from the medieval Jews to French Protestant refugees who washed up homeless in Bristol in the 1680s.

Please note: booking opens Monday 18 September 2017.

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Mayor Marvin Rees – Delivering for Bristol – the Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address 2017

Wed 18 October 2017
19:30pm – 21:30pm
Free Admission

In his first State of the City address in 2016, Mayor Marvin Rees put forward his vision for Bristol. Now he turns to how he is delivering this vision. Against a background of financial difficulties and austerity, Rees looks at the positive future plans for Bristol – from the arena to transport; how the council will help solve the housing crisis; and how he will make a city that works for all. He’ll also launch the Bristol One-City Plan for debate. In addition to the state of the city address the evening includes an introduction by Professor Hugh Brady, a new poem from Miles Chambers, Bristol Poet Laureate, and a panel discussion with James Brooks (City Solutions Director, National League of Cities, Washington DC), Carolyn Hassan (Knowle West Media Centre), Julia Unwin (former Director Joseph Rowntree Foundation, now chair of Civil Society Futures) and Jack Payne and Eve Szczelkun, Bristol’s Youth Mayors.

This is a FREE event but booking is required. Booking will open midday on Tuesday 5 September.

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David Olusoga – Civilisation and Civilisations: The Revolutions of Art in Television

Tue 24 October 2017
18:15pm – 19:15pm
Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga – one of the presenters on the new series Civilisations – looks at art on television, the meaning of civilisation and whether art on television can still help change lives.
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