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Soul, Space and Skyscrapers

What is it that brings a city alive?


Thursday 18 December 2008


7pm - 10pm


Chapel Arts Centre, Main Studio, Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1QR, United Kingdom

Scroll down for photos and comments.

A big thank you to Martin Tompkins for the photography.

What are the magic ingredients that can transform a city from a run-of-the-mill bunch of shops and houses to a vibrant cultural epicentre? Is it the architecture? Is it investment in arts festivals? Is it small groups of entrepreneurial "animateurs"? These are the questions we explored within our usual mix of entertainment, food, drink and panel-led discussion.

On The Panel We Had

Keith Bradley, Senior Partner in Feilden Clegg Bradley, the RIBA Stirling Prize 2008 winners, and co-author of "The Environmental Handbook" about sustainable building techniques.

Rhodri Samuel, Regeneration Manager for BANES Council, instrumental in creating, writing and promoting the Future for Bath Vision, Academician of the national Academy of Urbanism.

Gitte Dawson, founder of the King Bladud's Pigs in Bath project and concept developer for the Bath Christmas Market.

Francis Moran, area coordinator of Bath Greenpeace, just completed a Masters course in Renewable Energy at the Centre for Alternative Technology, currently launching a Community Interest Company with the aim of reducing the energy consumption of homes and businesses in Bath.

The Entertainment Was

Justin Saltmeris, Singer/songwriter and winner of the Musicians Benevolent Fund (MBF) Songwriting Award 2007.

Street performers Jonathan Durham and Dominic Searle who gave a hilarious and dazzling display of juggling while unicycling.




"It was intriguing and inspiring - I wanted to hear more. There was a good feel in the crowd, and everybody had their minds switched on, which is great."

Gavin Maxwell
Photographer, TV Producer and Director including two programmes for the BBC2 "Wild China" series




"All the things going on made it very intelllectually stimulating - the entertainment, the panel, proper food (it was great not to have to cook when I got home!). It was both fulfilling for me personally and a good networking event. You can make all those business relationships in a relaxed environment just as much as a serious business one. I didn't get it before I went but I'm going to bring along as many people as I can to the next one."

Delia Slucutt
Women's Enterprise Co-ordinator, University of Bath



"It was a real inspiration and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Top drawer. My only negative was that I had to leave before the end."

Alex Timms
Timms Creative, Producer of the Bath Comedy Festival




"The panel, the theme, the entertainment, the production - everything was just fantastic."

Svanur Þorkelsson


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