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How to Build a Utopia | Bristol

How to Build a Utopia | Bristol

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  •  72-73 Old Market Street, Bristol, BS2 0EJ
Suitable for: Adults
David Bramwell is a regular presenter for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 documentaries on subjects ranging from Ivor Cutler to time travel. He is co-host of the Odditorium Podcast, aut... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
What is Utopia? Can we find it? And if so, how?

After his girlfriend left him for someone she described as ‘younger but more mature’, David Bramwell embarked on a global adventure – to learn how to live with others. He visited free-love communes, an anarchist community in the heart of Copenhagen, a futuristic city in the Arizona desert and, most fantastic of all, Damanhur, a thousand-strong community in the Italian Alps, that had built a secret underground temple the size of St Paul’s Cathedral, taught plants to sing and turned itself as a ‘living myth’.

Along the way, David's quest threw up niggling issues that beset many of us: Why is unhappiness rife amongst those who have wealth and freedom? Is getting what you want really utopian? How can we re-install community spirit and the way we live in our densely populated cities? Is living off-grid the solution or just running away?

Inspired by his year-long adventures, Bramwell returned home and put into action the things he learned, by transforming his neighbourhood into a new kind of community. He'd like to inspire you to find your own ways to build a road to utopia.

Venue: The Exchange

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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