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Upcoming Events

Scroll below to see a list or link to a number of events happening over the next few weeks in Bristol.

The list is in date order and these are Events that the Initiative are either running, partners on or helping to support.

Leigh courtLeigh Court Autumn Wedding Fayer

Sunday 8th October- 11am- 3pm

This day will give you everything you need to start planning your dream wedding – all in one place. Take a tour of the beautiful venue, meet with local suppliers, sample their award winning in-house catering and speak one-on-one with their wedding coordinator.

Read more here

venturefest-788x307VentureFest- Smart Cities Series Finale

Tuesday 17th October 2017, 9.30am-5pm (registration from 8.30am), Watershed, Bristol

The extensive and wide ranging programme of the Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2017 Series comes to a finale on 17 October Bristol’s Watershed.

Since launching in February we have curated events that have, with the help of the region’s tech community, explored the opportunities and barriers to creating a truly Smart City. We have looked at the tech making things happen; from artificial intelligence, IoT, cloud, communication networks, robotics to cybersecurity. We have debated the issues and considered some of the social implications as well as the legal and regulatory frameworks. And we have looked at all these areas through the constituent parts of a Smart City – homes, transport, work and health.

On October 17 we will bring all this together and present a truly unique picture of what a Smart City really is and how the febrile tech cluster in the region can play its part in transforming cities and places into dynamic, intelligent and autonomous places to live.

Register your place here


 Festival of Ideas: Festival of Future City

Wednesday 18th- Friday 20th October 2017

Join us to explore the key issues for the future of our cities: Aiming to be the largest public debate about the future of cities – brings together politicians, writers, artists, scientists and lots more.. Debating how we can solve growing inequality and segregation; build healthy cities and places; foster sustainable cities; and explore a future of devolved powers.

Find out more about the festival here

VIKA Books-In The Shadows (002)SETsquared #Idea2Pitch Event

Thursday 19th October 2017, 2pm- 6pm, The Bristol SETsquared Centre,

Do you have a great high tech business idea, but don’t know where to start? Or are you unsure what to do next in order to grow your technology company? Then sign up for #Idea2Pitch event hosted by SETsquared Bristol to help hone your ideas, and shape them into a pitch for gaining interest or support in your venture.

Book your place here

geoff hurstBristol Sport: Big Sports Speaker

19th October, 6pm, Heineken Lounge, Ashton Gate Stadium

Ashton Gate Stadium will play host to the first – and still the only – player to score a World Cup Final hat-trick when Sir Geoff Hurst MBE takes centre stage as the next Big Sports Speaker.

Read more about the event here


sport-run-bristol-image-1_0_0European City of Sport Conference

On Wednesday 6th December 2017 Bristol will be celebrating their title of the European City of Sport with an all day, national conference.

9am- 17.30pm, The Bristol Pavilion, Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol, BS7 9EJ

This will be a ticketed event, further details will be available soon here

mtm-awards-e1495808005445MTM Awards

17th December, Bristol Marriott Hotel

The MTM awards were created to give a platform and a voice to the Asian, Black and Ethnic Minorities  show case their potential, excellence and achievements in Business, Community, Arts and Entertainment. In 2016 the awards introduced a National Award For Excellence for participants other than those in the South West and an International Recognition Award for charity based organisations in the third world countries.

Find out more about the awards here

uwe-logoUWE Distinguished Address Series 2017

27th September- 6th December 2017, UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ

UWE’s series of free public lectures with top business leaders. Read more.


27th September- Building a Global Brand- Rob Law

11th October- Shaping a Vibrant Economy- Sacha Romanovitch

25th October- Science, Climate and Politics- Juilet Davenport

8th November- The Great Energy Revolution- Fact or Fiction?- Tony Hayward

15th November- Evidence Informed Leadership- Richard Gleave

22nd November- Value Of The Industrial Food System- George Weston

6th December – Unlocking And Understanding The UK Consumer-Karen Blackett


festivalofideasBristol Festival of Ideas 2017

18 January- 16 April, Various venues around Bristol

The Bristol Festival of Ideas began in 2004 with the aim of stimulating the minds and passions of Bristol. Read More.


bristol-sportBristol Sport Lansdown Club Events

9 January-27 May, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ

The Lansdown Club was created by Bristol Sport to inspire business growth through the power of sport. Read more.