Festival of the Future City

Date: 17 November 2015 to 20 November 2015
Cost: Free

Cities are the future: more than half of the world's population now live in cities. The Bristol Festival of the Future City will be the largest debate ever about the city and the future, bringing together academics, city planners, artists, writers, filmmakers, games makers, architects, students, politicians, journalists and commentators, poets, community leaders, businesses, scientists, think tanks and others to debate the future city with the public.

The festival is programmed by the Bristol Festival of Ideas, and is an Arts Council England supported 'exceptional project', with Bristol City Council, InnovateUK and the University of the West of England as partners.

The health strand - 17 November

Bristol Health Partners is committed to building a healthy city for all: cities that are liveable for all ages and promote health and happiness; see reductions in inequality; and help citizens fulfill their potential. Sessions in the health strand of the Festival of the Future City include:

There are also sessions throughout the festival on this theme, including Michael Marmot and Social mobility in future cities among others.

The sessions on 17 November are free to attend, while those on 18 November can be booked for the special 'partner rate' of £4.

The full programme

There are sessions on healthy cities, age-friendly cities, smart cities, cities for all, new thinking about cities, world cities, nature-rich cities, resilience, inequality and social mobility, city thinkers of the past and what they can offer now, future work, utopian cities, the future of the High Street, immigration and cities, arts and playable cities, housing, and more.

We’ll see new launches by InnovateUK on their city demonstrators work, a special preview of the new film High Rise and a lecture on J G Ballard, new poems and essays by leading writers and commentators, city walks and the first Bristol Day looking at the future of the city.

Visit the Bristol Festival of Ideas for the full programme, or download the PDF brochure.


Bristol Health Partnes is a partner in the festival, and so we can offer reduced-price tickets for events. When checking out use the partner price of £4 (this does not include the walks, coach tour and some films). The events that we've programmed on 17 November are free to attend.

Festival partners

The Festival is presented in partnership with Arts Council England; Arts and Humanities Research Council; Bristol 2015 (and partners); Bristol City Council; Innovate UK; University of the West of England.

  • Nature rich cities strand – in association with the Wildlife Trusts
  • Cities and public health strand – in association with Bristol Health Partners
  • Playable cities strand – in association with Bristol Playable City and British Council
  • Resilient cities strand – with Bristol City Council
Event address: Watershed
1 Canon's Road
Contact information: Website: http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/seasons/festival-future-city/
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