2016 was a year of political convulsions and we’ll be exploring the implications of the Brexit vote and the Donald Trump victory for a long time. Bristol Festival of Ideas will be looking at aspects of both of these and more with a focus on rebels and revolution. 2017 also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and we’re looking at this with films – including October and Reds and some classics of twentieth-century revolutionary cinema – as well as talks and discussions.
As ever, it's a packed programme of stimulating events - see you there!
Visit ideasfestival.co.uk for details of all the talks happening in Bristol at Watershed and beyond.
Ticket prices: £4.50 - £9.00.
Previous screenings & events in this season
Come the Revolution presents a discussion on Black representation inspired by the award winning documentary I Am Not Your Negro, exploring the function of the term “nigger" in the 'White' imagination.
Raoul Peck's Oscar®-nominated documentary envisions the book James Baldwin never finished (a personal account of the assassinations of three of his close friends) in this examination of black history in America.
Reni Eddo-Lodge explores what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today, covering issues from eradicated black history to white privilege, the fallacy of ‘meritocracy’ to white-washing feminism and the inextricable link between class and race.
Can mainstream economics be fixed? Kate Raworth identifies seven critical ways in which it has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet.
Twenty-five years after the arrival of the Internet, we are drowning in data and deadlines. Julia Hobsbawm sets out a path for survival and success in this hyper-connected world and how to reclaim time, space and identity.
Philip Lymbery examines the role of industrial farming in the plight of animals facing extinction by laying bare the myths that prop up factory farming and exploring what we can do to save the planet with healthy food.
How much freedom do we really have in our lives? Raoul Martinez exposes the mechanisms of control, arguing that the more we understand the limits on our freedom, the better placed we are to transcend them.
From a case for reform of the European Fisheries’ Policy to illegal forestry in Africa, James Thornton and Martin Goodman examine actions against some of the most powerful companies, institutions and governments worldwide.
What will the world of technology look like in 2050? And how will it affect the way we live? Daniel Franklin and Kenneth Cukier offer insights which imagine how big developments in technology might shape the future.
Facebook and Instagram have come to be an integral part of the lives of billions of people across the world. Media scholar Marcus Gilroy-Ware explores if they are simply another source of information and entertainment, or a far more ominous symptom of capitalism’s excesses?
Highly acclaimed at the 2013 Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, The Stuart Hall Project, by award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of this cultural theorist.
An astonishing documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, author of The Earth from The Air, who spent three years collecting real-life emotional stories from more than 2,000 people across 60 countries.