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Bristol's Festival Scene

Bristol festivals draw huge crowds year on year - from commercially run events like Tokyo World Festival in Eastville park to free (and community minded) events like Trinity Garden Party and St. Paul's carnival. There are a string of multi-venue festivals (in the style of Sonar in Barcelona) around the Stokes Croft area including Simple Things and Rave on Avon. Simple Things has expanded somewhat in the last few years and taken over the city's flagship venue, Colston Hall.

As well as music festivals, Bristol's deep historical connection to street art is celebrated in day events like Upfest. Centred around the recently created (and unofficial) street art district - North Street - you can spend the day watching apartment blocks getting a new lick of paint from head to toe. Truly a festival not to be missed!

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The rest of our festival listings are in the column to the left.

Join us this cold winter night on a journey into the dark.
The Square Club
(POSTPONED) Romantic Poetry & Race/Class/Gender
A crucial discussion focusing on how poetry is being used in 2020 and how the art form might progress over the next decade.
Wills Memorial Building
(POSTPONED) Romantic Bristol Walking Tour
Discover Bristol’s poetic legacy in this engaging guided walk, led by Dr Rebecca Hutcheon.
Bristol Central Library
(POSTPONED) Rebecca Tantony: Festival Poet
Leading South West poet, and our Festival Poet 2020, Rebecca Tantony, performs works of new and old, accompanied by musician Brook Tate.
Wills Memorial Building
(POSTPONED) Romantic Walking Tour: Women Writers
An engaging guided walk, focusing on the female writers of Bristol’s Romantic poetry legacy. Led by Dr Rebecca Hutcheon.
[POSTPONED] Rhythmia I
Part I of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in underground electronic music.
(POSTPONED) Stephen Sexton + Bad Betty Press
An evening of poetry readings from radical UK voices, including Penguin published writer and winner of the 2019 Forward Prize.
The Square Club
(POSTPONED) The Future of Poetry: Discussion Panel
A crucial discussion focusing on how poetry is being used in 2020 and how the art form might progress over the next decade.
Unitarian Hall
(POSTPONED) Lyra Festival Open Mic
The official open mic event of 2020’s Bristol Poetry Festival, with Satellite of Love, and YOUR chance to bring your poetry to the stage.