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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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InBristol Studio
Carve a wooden spoon workshop
learn to carve a beautiful and functional wooden spoon, using just and axe and some very sharp knives!
InBristol Studio
Carve a wooden spoon workshop
learn to carve a beautiful and functional wooden spoon, using just and axe and some very sharp knives!
Various venues
Bristol New Music 2020: Festival Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
PRSC
Monopsony Capitalism Book Launch w/ Ashok Kumar
Bristol Launch for Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age
Various venues
Bristol New Music: Friday Day Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
Strange Brew
MSHR / Copper Sounds / Tara Clerkin Trio / Tapsew
Bristol New Music teams up with Noods Radio presents an afternoon-into-evening programme at an exciting new central Bristol venue
Vaults of Clifton Suspension Bridge
Kelly Jayne Jones: Sedimentary Stone Tapes
Six specially-devised intimate performances by artist Kelly Jane Jones, retrieving deep time resonances from the rock in a vaulted chamber l
St Mary Redcliffe Church
Ellen Arkbro: Chordalities
Ellen Arkbro presents an exclusive performance of her work ‘Chordalities’ on St Mary Redcliffe's impressive Harrison & Harrison organ
Various venues
Bristol New Music: Saturday Day Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
Various venues
Bristol New Music: Sunday Day Pass
4 days of concerts, exhibitions + workshops across the city
The Loco Klub
Guo & Brady Corbet: Gyuto / BEEF
A new audiovisual performance by GUO entitled 'Gyuto' created in collaboration with filmmaker Brady Corbet.
Jam Jar
Immigrant Swing Family (ft. Buggsy)
Raphael Dufresne Memorial Festival Theme: (EP Launch) 'CRISIS'
The Palace International Film Festival 2020
The Palace International Film Festival 2020
Bristol's LGBTQ+ Film Festival w/ Workshops, Panels, Outdoor Screenings + Clubnights.
Uni of Bristol (Humanities Lecture Theatre, 7 Woodland Rd)
Grief in Literature
Explore grief in Literature as part of Good Grief Bristol
Uni of Bristol (Humanities Lecture Theatre, 7 Woodland Rd)
Public Attitudes to Grief / Grief and Dementia
Public Attitudes to Grief and Bereavement in the UK / Anticipatory Grief in Dementia
Uni of Bristol, 7 Woodland Rd
Julia Samuel: Coping with Grief and Crisis
Julia Samuel: When the Worst Happens - Coping with Grief and Crisis
Uni of Bristol (Humanities Lecture Theatre, 7 Woodland Rd)
Prolonged Grief / The Loved&Lost Project
Complicated or Prolonged Grief: Oxford Grief Study Results / The Loved&Lost Photography Project
Uni of Bristol, 7 Woodland Rd
Grief in Pop Culture / Grief in Film
Grief in Pop Culture: Public Grieving and Celebrity Deaths / Grief in Film
Uni of Bristol (Humanities Lecture Theatre, 7 Woodland Rd)
Bereavement Groups in the UK / Life's Fragility
The Formation and Legacy of Bereavement Groups in the UK / Life's Fragility: Encounters with Loss
Colston Hall Foyer
The Language of Loss: Poetry, Storytelling + Music
The Language of Loss: Poetry, Storytelling and Music
Motion
Alternate x Principle Day Party
Alternate x Principle Records - Summer Day Party!
Colston Hall Foyer
We’re All Going to Die and That’s OK!
We’re All Going to Die and That’s OK!
Colston Hall Workspace 1
Doodling: Self-Counselling Through Art Workshop
Doodling the Day: Self-Counselling Through Art Workshop
Colston Hall Workspace 1
Creativity to Release Trauma Art Workshop 14-24yr
Using Creativity to Release Trauma: Art Workshop (14-24 yrs)
Colston Hall Foyer
Grief is My Superpower: with Mark Lemon
Grief is My Superpower: In conversation with Mark Lemon
Colston Hall Foyer
Virginia Woolf and the Literature of Loss
Virginia Woolf and the Literature of Loss
Colston Hall Foyer
Don’t Be Afraid You’re Already Dead/ Pyramid
Don’t Be Afraid, You’re Already Dead: The People’s Pyramid
Colston Hall Foyer
The Last Act of Love with Cathy Rentzenbrink
The Last Act of Love with Cathy Rentzenbrink
Colston Hall Foyer
Sam Brookes: Evening of music for lost loved ones
Sam Brookes: An evening of music for lost loved ones
Colston Hall Workshop Space 2
Poetry Workshop for Children (8-12 yrs)
Playing with Words: Poetry Workshop for Children (8-12yrs)
Colston Hall Workshop Space 1
Confronting Climate Grief (Workshop)
The Work That Reconnects: Confronting Climate Grief (Workshop)
The Square Club
Live & Online: The No.9 Bus to Utopia
After his girlfriend left him for someone she described as ‘younger but more mature’, David Bramwell embarked on a global adventure – to lea
Eastville Park
Love Saves the Day Saturday
The Last Dance In Eastville PArk
Eastville Park
Love Saves the Day Sunday
The Last Dance In Eastville PArk
Penny Brohn UK
Penny Brohn Presents
Charity gig with pop legends, Doreen Doreen, in aid of Penny Brohn UK
Exchange
[POSTPONED] Rhythmia I
Part I of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in underground electronic music.
Waterstones
(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) 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.
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.
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