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#BristolBrexit - a city responds to Brexit!

'Projecting Bristol and Britain in a post-Brexit World' - a graphic representation of one of the earlier workshop series, by CreativeConnection.co.uk

A tweet from Bristol World Universities Network looking at some of the interactive art on display

Bristol-based organisation UpOurStreet tweets from the Integration Strategy workshop

2 June 2017

Over 100 people from across Bristol and the region came together on 23 May to develop projects and identify new possibilities to collectively navigate Bristol's path to a post-Brexit future. Bristol residents, local community leaders, city officials, business people, charities, community activists and experts in immigration, law, trade, politics and sociology from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and the West of England all took part. They were joined by Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Hugh Brady.

Photo Credit: Bhagesh Sachania Photography

This free public event was held at At-Bristol Science Centre on Tuesday 23 May.  A series of workshops leading up to this event had brought researchers together with local stakeholders and practitioners to identify some of the challenges and develop opportunities moving forward, given that Brexit has left Bristol and the UK uncertain about its future. 

After initial conversations, refreshments and the opportunity to investigate the interactive art around the room, people split out into different workshops and conversations on Brexit-related issues including citizenship, free movement, local communities, racism, education, neighbourhoods, international trade, finance, youth, business, and political apathy. (See full programme).

Ideas were developed and debated, with the aim of developing policy interventions, local initiatives, business collaborations, co-produced research, and building networks.

 

‌The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, and Bristol University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Hugh Brady, had a lively discussion and answered questions about the role of universities and local government in responding to Brexit.

This initiative also includes a #BristolBrexit blog series with articles by workshop participants.

Interest in the event, and how Bristol will respond to Brexit, saw Dr Jon Fox, lead for the #BristolBrexit initiative, interviewed on BCFM Radio, BBC Points West and BBC World Questions.

Further information

To find out more information about this event and the initiative please contact bristol-brexit-project@bristol.ac.uk

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