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Bristol Festival of Ideas

  • Date: 2 May 2012
  • Area: South West

The Bristol Festival of Ideas is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. It aims to stimulate people's minds and passions with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate throughout the year.

As part of the May Festival of Ideas, there are a number of events on the arts including:

Will Ellsworth-Jones, Anna Farthing, Paul Gough: Banksy - Prankster or Painter?
Watershed, Bristol, 12 May 2012, 18.30-19.30
Price: £7.00 / £6.00

Banksy has risen to world stardom as the preeminent street artist of his generation. Formerly condemned for vandalism, cities now take great pride in his work. But is this art? Is he a great street artist? And what is his legacy? Bristol Festival of Ideas panellists discuss the issues. 

Paul Kingsnorth: Dark Mountain
Watershed, Bristol, 13 May 2012, 19.30-20.30
Price: £7.00 / £6.00

The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers in search of new stories for troubled times. In an age of ecological decline and economic contraction, they seek writing, art, music and culture rooted in place, time and nature.

Tom Phillips: A Humument
Arnolfini, Bristol, 17 May 2012, 18.00-19.00
Price: £7.00 / £6.00

In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth century novel, WH Mallock's A Human Document, and began cutting and pasting the extant text to create something new. After its first publication in book form in 1980, A Humument rapidly became a cult classic. It is now in a new edition. 

Angela Carter Evening
Watershed, Bristol, 18 May 2012, 18.00-19.00 lecture; 19.30-21.00 panel discussion
Price: £10.00 / £8.00

A two-part event comprising a specially commissioned lecture, The Angela Carter I Knew, by Sir Christopher Frayling followed by a panel discussion of Carter's life and legacy when Frayling is joined by Bidisha, Charlotte Crofts and Susannah Clapp.

Llewelyn Morgan: The Buddhas of Bamiyan
Arnolfini, Bristol, 19 May 2012, 11.00-12.00
Price: £5.00 / £4.00

The Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, carved in the sixth century AD, represented the historical Buddha as a universal saviour. In March 2001 the Taliban destroyed them. Llewelyn Morgan tells their remarkable story.

For more information on these and other forthcoming events in the festival, go to the Events at a Glance section of the website. For all the latest news on the Festival, go to