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Bristol Festival of Ideas
The Bristol Festival of Ideas delivers an annual programme of special events, talks, and screenings throughout the year which address the links between the arts and sciences, and also incorporating a wide range of other disciplines into its programme. Watershed hosts events for the festival throughout the year, and this collection of recordings explores how culture and technology are shaping the present and the future.
Jan 2005 - present
The Bristol Festival of Ideas was established in 2005 as part of Bristol’s bid to be Capital of Culture in 2008. Although the bid was unsuccessful the festival delivered such a popular and successful programme that it went on to become an annual event.
The festival delivers an annual programme of special events, talks, and screenings throughout the year which address the links between the arts and sciences, and also incorporating a wide range of other disciplines into its programme. Watershed hosts events for the festival throughout the year, and this collection of recordings explores how culture and technology are shaping the present and the future.
The festival takes place in a range of venues across the city, including Watershed, The Arnolfini, St Georges, At-Bristol, The Council House, the Tobacco Factory, Spike Island, and Colston Hall.
The Bristol Festival of Ideas is an initiative of Bristol Creative Projects – BCDP – (formerly Bristol Cultural Development Partnership): Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and GWE BusinessWest.
Bristol Festival of Ideas
Adam Greenfield In this talk, Adam Greenfield assesses the impact new technologies will have on cities and the people in them.
After Utopia: Visioning the Future Before a screening of silent classic Metropolis, architect George Ferguson and science writer Jon Turney discuss their visions of the future.
Breaking Out of the Screen Clare Reddington, director of iShed and the Pervasive Media Studio, talks about the cutting edge projects produced in Bristol and internationally.
Charles Leadbeater Charles Leadbeater, one of Britain's leading creative thinkers, discusses ideas from his book 'We-think' - exploring innovative online participation.
Chris Anderson - Makers: The New Industrial Revolution Author Chris Anderson discusses the rise of ‘makers’ – entrepreneurs using new technologies to reboot the manufacturing industry.
Clay Shirky Social media theorist Clay Shirky presents ideas from his 2010 book, 'Our Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age'.
David Thomson: The Big Screen David Thomson, 'one of film's greatest living experts' discusses the impact cinema, technology, and communication have had on our lives.
Dickens on Screen Adrian Wootton explores Charles Dickens' work in film, discussing various adaptations and asking how well cinema has treated the author’s work.
Drive: James Sallis in Conversation 'Drive' author James Sallis discusses his work and influences, including his love of pulp and genre fiction and his writing methods.
Eli Pariser Campaigner and author Eli Pariser reveals how hidden web control is affecting our lives, and what we can do about it.
Evgeny Morozov: Net Delusion Writer and researcher Evgeny Morozov discusses ideas from his 2011 book, ‘The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom’.
Frank Rose Frank Rose discussed how storytelling techniques and audience expectations have changed due to the rise of new forms of media.
Heather Brooke American journalist and freedom of information campaigner Heather Brooke discusses the ideas underpinning her book, The Revolution Will Be Digitised.
How Creativity Works Writer Jonah Lehrer examines the neuroscience behind the creative process, exploring how it can be used to solve everyday problems.
John Gray and Will Self - JG Ballard Philosopher John Gray and author Will Self discuss JG Ballard's work, his cities and his legacy.
Misha Glenny: DarkMarket Journalist Misha Glenny discusses the large-scale criminal activity taking place over the internet, including the very real threat of cyber-theft...
Neal Stephenson: Some Remarks American science fiction writer Neal Stephenson discusses his life, work, and the various subjects that have interested and inspired him.
Nicholas Carr Writer on technology, business and culture discusses the cognitive and cultural effects of internet usage, followed by questions from the audience.
Nick Cohen: You Can't Read This Book Author Nick Cohen discusses censorship in our 'age of freedom', and the effect this is having on freedom of speech.
Nick Harkaway - 'The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World' Novelist Nick Harkaway discusses his work as a writer, and the impact that technology has had on the book world.
Patrick Keiller Trained architect-turned filmmaker Patrick Keiller discusses his film 'Robinson in Ruins', his wider body of work, and his research.
Philip French: Fifty Years as a Film Critic In his fiftieth year as a film critic, Philip French joins Festival of Ideas to discuss his life's work.
Sapphire: In Conversation Author Sapphire talks about her novel 'The Kid', sequel to 'Push', which formed the basis for the critically-acclaimed film, 'Precious'.
Spirit of '45 Panel Discussion Director Ken Loach discusses his film Spirit of '45 with Julia Unwin (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Jason Cowley (New Statesman).
William Gibson Author and inventor of the term cyberspace reads from his 2010 novel Zero History and discusses his work and ideas.