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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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10 years strong, the Bristol Palestine Film Festival is a celebration of the proud connection between two distant places. It’s maybe your only chance to see these prestigious, boundary pushing shorts, feature lengths, documentaries, plays and comedies from the region’s foremost creative minds. Fedayin: Georges Abdallah's Fight at The Cube.
10 years strong, the Bristol Palestine Film Festival is a celebration of the proud connection between two distant places. It’s maybe your only chance to see these prestigious, boundary pushing shorts, feature lengths, documentaries, plays and comedies from the region’s foremost creative minds. BPFF Palestinian shorts night at Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre.
10 years strong, the Bristol Palestine Film Festival is a celebration of the proud connection between two distant places. It’s maybe your only chance to see these prestigious, boundary pushing shorts, feature lengths, documentaries, plays and comedies from the region’s foremost creative minds. Little Palestine (Diary of a Siege) at Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre.
10 years strong, the Bristol Palestine Film Festival is a celebration of the proud connection between two distant places. It’s maybe your only chance to see these prestigious, boundary pushing shorts, feature lengths, documentaries, plays and comedies from the region’s foremost creative minds. Gaza Mon Amour at The Cube.

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WHAT OUR EDITORS SAY

Simo Lagnawi , the Ambassador of Gnawa Culture in Uk & charismatic creator , leader of Gnawa Blues All Stars, Simo, has been BBC Proms BBC World service ,CNN World BBC 3 ,Vox Africa & Other serveses radios & Magazines around the world & performed at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Latitude and Boom Town.
Led by Bristol's best dressed drummer, the 16 piece Big R Big Band are firm favourites with the Bristol swing dance crowd. Frequent performers at the Slapstick and Harbourside festivals, as well as the regular Bristol swing events that happen in the city, Big R can also be found swinging across the rest of the West Country. Dashing, debonair, dandy and dapper, the classic swing tunes of the 30's and 40's are looking, and sounding, pretty damn good.
Are interested in working or gaining experience in festivals and events and/or have never been to a festival and would like to see the work that goes into create a large event
Back in Brazil started working on band arrangements for his compositions. Won a contest as the Best Street Music group in São Paulo and managed a tour with over 30 successful gigs around festivals and venues in the UK 2019.
L-ACOUSTICS is a French manufacturer of loudspeakers and amplifiers, headquartered in Marcoussis, south of Paris. They are well known for providing Glastonbury, Boomtown and other epic festivals with their powerful speakers.
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21st Century Sonnets (WATCH ON-DEMAND)
An on-demand recording of the 21st Century Sonnets event at Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2022, with Terrance Hayes.
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Michael Rosen (WATCH ON-DEMAND)
An on-demand recording of Michael Rosen's performance at Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2022. Aimed at upper KS1 & KS2 children.
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Roger McGough + Edson Burton (WATCH ON-DEMAND)
An on-demand excerpt of Roger McGough's performance at Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2022, plus support act Edson Burton.
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Digital Events Package (ALL EVENTS)
An on-demand digital events package featuring many events and performances from Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2022.
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Tonic Open Mic (WATCH ON-DEMAND)
An on-demand recording of the Bristol Tonic Open Mic at Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2022.
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Digital Events Package (FREE EVENTS)
An on-demand digital events package featuring free to watch events from Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2022.
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Inua Ellams + Guests (WATCH ON-DEMAND)
An on-demand recording of the Penned in the Margins takeover at Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival 2022.
The Cloak and Dagger
The Groundhogs And Friends!
Alternative comedy show featuring stand up, improv, and sketch comedy
PRSC
K I T A
A new Bristol based festival celebrating artists of colour.
The Cloak and Dagger
Bristol Longform Comedy Improv Intensive
Improv comedy workshop focusing on core scene work (for all levels)
Tower Belle, Bristol Harbourside
A Boat Trip with Heartwood Chorus
Join us for a 2 hour boat trip in the heart of Bristol Harbour Festival 2022
The Canteen
Gnawa Blues All Stars
Playing traditional Gnawa (sacred trance music from Africa Morocco)
Lost Horizon
Get On Festival Fundraiser
All proceeds go towards Get On Festival Fundraiser 2023 in Memory of Harry Brooksbank
The Cloak and Dagger
Jazz Police
Bristol Fringe Festival
Bristol Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square
Groove Armada 25 - live at Bristol Amphitheatre
Groove Armada live plus curated support at an incredible outdoor location in the heart of Bristol as part of Siren Series 2022.
Bristol
Fields Of Fantasy festival - secret location near
Promising three days of blissful hedonism set in an untouched location the festival is proving its intentions.
The Trinity Centre
Leena Norms | Bargain Bin Rom-Com
Raise the Bar presents writer, poet and YouTube sensation Leena Norms with 'Bargain Bin Rom-Com'.
Piercefield Park
The Green Gathering 2022
Award winning off grid festival
Oxwick Farm
Inglefest 2022: 19th - 21st August
Grassroots independent festival showcasing the best of the South West!
Moor Beer
Degenerate Fest Vol.1
Rock & Roll Music And Beer Festival with live bands and DJs
Propyard
Shall Not Fade Festival 2022
We celebrate our 7th birthday by bringing you our debut festival in Bristol...
A farm near Abergavenny (South Wales)
Come Bye 2022
A collaborative festival built on the sharing of knowledge, skills, passion, art, and music.
Strange Brew
En Masse 2022 - The Afters
The official En Masse after party.
The Fleece
Tankus The Henge
Tankus The Henge at The Fleece