The Bath Café discussed a range of inter-related topics to stimulate debate concerning the future of Bath and other famous European spa towns. Do these places have the potential as model cities for urban living in the future with the health and well-being of its inhabitants and visitors underpinning all policy decisions?
The event was built around a series of short presentations on one of the many themes linking the unique qualities of our famous spa towns, made by writers and specialists in their fields. After each presentation a panel of local experts; the people responsible for managing and protecting the various aspects of Baths fabric, its offer and its image replied to the themes and relate them to their current roles when considering the future issues facing Bath and North East Somerset as a place to live, work and visit.
Artists, writers travelers, carnettistes, historians, videographers and high school students were invited to confront their views on these questions in this 3rd Café of Europe.
The Bath Literature Festival welcome famous writers and creative minds to Bath to celebrate literature. In its seventeen year history, the Literature Festival has hosted Nobel and Booker Prize winners.
Inhabitants of the city of Bath are really attached to this festival, which events take place in historic buildings throughout the town.http://bathfestivals.org.uk/literature/
INTRODUCTION & WELCOME SPEECHES
Call to order by Master of Ceremonies, “Beau Nash”
Mayor of Bath
Architect, town planner, writer and World Heritage expert
“Mingusbad – the mythical ideal spa town
Author. Reader in Church history and Practical Theology at St Andrews University and a minister of the Church of Scotland
Water Music – music in European spa towns
Emeritus Professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Readings on Utopia
Architectural Curator of the Bath Preservation Trust (Museum of Bath Architecture)
John Wood the Elder – Obsession
Member of Avon Gardens Trust, and the Garden History Society.
The Prior Park Landscape
Art historian and researcher
Gainsborough in Bath
art historian, Museum Director and writer
Gainsborough in Bath
Head of Heritage Services at Bath & North East Somerset Council
Chief Executive of Bath Tourism Plus
World Heritage Manager for Bath & North East Somerset Council
General Manager, Bath Portfolio, National Trust
Chief Executive of Bath Festivals
Marketing Director of Thermae Bath Spa
Managing Director, Craneworks Community Interest Company,
EHTTA Scientific Comittee President. Architect. World Heritage consultant to B&NES
Andrew is a landscape painter working exclusively with egg yolk and pigment on traditional grounds, either as egg tempera or watercolour. He was born in 1963 and educated at Kingswood School, Bath and later trained at Middlesex Polytechnic.
Winner of the 2016 Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions Award, Andrew has exhibited at the Royal Academy in successive years, the Royal West of England Academy and numerous shows at the Mall Galleries. He is also an executive committee member of the Bath Society Of Artists, and responsible for the "WalkAndDraw Bath" tourist initiative.
Video & Photo Artist
Loiez Déniel lives and works in Auvergne (and sometimes Istanbul). Video maker photographer artist, independent researcher in multimedia integration solutions and operational poetry, he is also president of the International Video Art Festival VIDEOFORMES.