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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.

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Lakota
Bristol Jazz Fest & Lakota Gardens Present: HÉLÉLÉ
Afro Jazz inspired by the Bantu Forests of Cameroon
Crowdcast
An Evening With Forward Prize Winners
Readings from the three 2020 Forward Prize winners Malika Booker, Caroline Bird and Will Harris, followed by a short discussion and Q&A.
Crowdcast
Poetry and Reconnection (Discussion + Q&A)
A live discussion on Lyra’s 2021 theme of Reconnection, with Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin and Madhu Krishnan.
Crowdcast
Reconnections: Film Screening
A screening of poetry films, curated by Liberated Words.
Crowdcast
Art and Dissent: Bristol's Radical History
Dr Edson Burton, Lawrence Hoo and Ngaio Anyia discuss how Bristol can reconnect to its past through its history of radical art and activism.
Crowdcast
Spoken Word in the UK: Discussion Panel
Dr Lucy English, Sundra Lawrence, Peter Bearder and Dr Jack McGowan discuss different aspects of the UK’s history & tradition of spoken word
Crowdcast
Lyra Bristol Poetry Grand Slam Finals
The epic Lyra Bristol Poetry Slam final, headlined by Dizraeli
Crowdcast
Beth Calverley: Festival Poet Performance
New and old works from Beth Calverley, Lyra’s 2021 Festival Poet. Featuring musician Bethany M. Roberts.
Crowdcast
Still I Rise: Poetry and Resistance
A stunning line-up of sensational spoken word performances, presented by Raise the Bar.
Online
Folkloric Dance Foundations w/ Peniel Guerrier
Krik Krak Festival 2021- come celebrate Haitian Heritage Month with Haitian dance and music workshops online.
Online
Haitian Contemporary Dance w/ Robenson Mathurin
Krik Krak Festival 2021- come celebrate Haitian Heritage Month with Haitian dance and music workshops online.
Online
ESSENCE- Initiation of the Lakou w/ Laura Beaubrun
Krik Krak Festival 2021- come celebrate Haitian Heritage Month with Haitian dance and music workshops online.
Online
Haitian Music and Meditation w/ Riva Nyri Precil
Krik Krak Festival 2021- come celebrate Haitian Heritage Month with Haitian dance and music workshops online.
Online
William Shakespeare's Henry V (online theatre)
Performing Shakespeare's original text, set in a post-apocalyptic world after a natural disaster.
Tambourine Hands
Basket of Light
Hands held high, heavyweight quadraphonic sound, swimming lakes and lights in the sky
Motion
Foreverland Bristol: Neon Jungle Rave
Dance through our myriad of trippy gardens, enjoy breathtaking performances, sensual sounds and mind-bending visuals.