Future City: The State of the City Address 2023

Wed Oct 18 2023 at 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building | Bristol

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Future City: The State of the City Address 2023
In our 11th State of the City address and debate, Mayor Marvin Rees looks at the changes and challenges for Bristol.
About this Event

Cities are going through great change, with the challenges facing them increasing all the time: funding services in a time of austerity; securing growth that is fair, sustainable, and inclusive; building resilient communities; and dealing with the social care crisis. The pandemic and its long-term effects have compounded these issues, with additional challenges coming from the worsening impacts of climate change, greater levels of immigration and changes in work. 

Joining the mayor are Evelyn Welch (Vice Chancellor, University of Bristol); Youth Mayors Anika Mistry and Jeremiah Dom-Ogbonna; Kat Lyons, Bristol City Poet; and Bristol’s two Young City Poets – Altoma Elwasila (Montpelier High) and Nara Pring (Bedminster Down) – who will read their new work about the city.Following this will be a panel debate about the future of cities and how we make them work for all. Joining the line-up will be architect Indy Johar; Immy Kaur, Director of Civic Square Birmingham; Marwa al-Sabouni, Syrian architect and author of Building for Hope: Towards an Architecture of Belonging; and Mayor of Reno and President of US Conference of Mayors Hillary Schieve.

This event is in partnership with University of Bristol and Bristol City Council.

Ticket Booking

Tickets are free but we have restricted the number of tickets that can be booked to four per transaction to limit the number of ‘no shows’ and ensure as many people as possible can attend.

Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit latecomers. Full Terms and Conditions here.


  • The Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building has an induction loop systems.
  • There is level access via double doors to the left of the main entrance and a lift to the Great Hall and Reception Room.
  • There are accessible toilets for public use on the ground floor.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.
  • There is free disabled on-street parking available on University Road.
  • More information here.

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Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom


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