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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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Exchange
Love Sux Art Market
Art and Makers' Market
The Cube
Found Footage Festival
“The biggest collection of weird videos I’ve ever seen.” – Jimmy Fallon
The Cube
Found Footage Festival
“The biggest collection of weird videos I’ve ever seen.” – Jimmy Fallon
Malcolm X Centre
Bristol Transformed x National Food Service Meal
This is the add-on ticket for the BT x NFS meal during the festival
The Robin Hood
Comedy at the Robin Hood March
Free Stand Up Comedy in Bristol
Wills Memorial Building
Simon Armitage | Live at Bristol Poetry Festival
The UK's Poet Laureate Simon Armitage reads his acclaimed works, and joins a live discussion with Bristol City Poet Vanessa Kisuule.
Bristol
Lyra Festival Passes
Lyra Festival Passes
Arnolfini
Bristol Poetry Festival Slam Final (+ Danez Smith)
After a raucous sell-out event last year, the Bristol Poetry Festival annual slam is back, headlined by US superstar Danez Smith.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Danez Smith: Writing Masterclass
Join one of the world’s leading poets and Forward Prize winner Danez Smith for an eye-opening insight into expert writing techniques.
Arnolfini
Poetry and Climate | Film Screening
Short poetry films reflecting on the current climate emergency and celebrating the natural world.
Wills Memorial Building
Romantic Bristol Walking Tour
Discover Bristol’s poetic legacy in this engaging guided walk, led by Professor Ralph Pite.
Arnolfini
Bristol Poetry Festival Slam Qualifiers
Three afternoon qualifying heats as 24 poets compete for a place in the evening Bristol Poetry Festival Grand Final.
Wills Memorial Building (Old Council Chamber)
Prose Poetry: Performance + Open Mic
A fascinating exploration into one of the most experimental sub-genres of poetry, with exquisite performances from leading prose poets.
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!
Wills Memorial Building
Romantic Bristol Tour: Coleridge & Wordsworth
An engaging guided walk, discovering the legacy of two legendary poets of the Romantic era. Led by Professor Ralph Pite.
Storysmith Bookshop
Poets 4 The Planet
A collaborative performance as 6 poets perform dynamic new work responding to the climate crisis in the intimate setting of Storysmith.
Brunel's SS Great Britain
Reimagined Futures: Poetry & Stories for Families
An afternoon of interactive, drop-in family activities at the Brunel Institute, aimed at young people aged 4-12 and their families.
St. George's Bristol
Poetry and Music for Climate Action
Leading South-West poetry providers Raise the Bar and Hip-Yak present an evening of breathtaking performances live at St. George’s Bristol.
University of Bristol (Fry Building)
Maths and Poetry Workshop
Join poets Rebecca Kosick and Harry Baker for an engaging and interactive workshop connecting maths and poetry. Accessible and open to all.
The Square Club
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.
Waterstones
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.
Unitarian Hall
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.
Wills Memorial Building
Romantic Bristol Walking Tour: Women Writers
An engaging guided walk, focusing on the female writers of Bristol’s Romantic poetry legacy. Led by Dr Rebecca Hutcheon.
Bristol Central Library
Stage to Page Writing Workshop (w/ Amy Acre)
Award-winning writer and poetry editor Amy Acre leads a writing workshop on moving your work from the stage to the page.
Bristol Central Library
Rebecca Tantony: Festival Poet Performance
Leading South West poet, and Lyra Festival Poet 2020, Rebecca Tantony, performs works of new and old, accompanied by musician Brook Tate.
Bristol Central Library
Overcoming Challenges Workshop w/ Rebecca Tantony
Lyra 2020's Festival Poet Rebecca Tantony leads a workshop helping us to overcome challenges as writers. Open to writers of all levels.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Habitat: An Eco-Poetry Workshop (w/ TJ Dema)
TJ Dema, recent winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry, leads an engaging eco-poetry masterclass open to all writers.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Romantic Poetry and Race/Class/Gender
Edson Burton, Anna Saunders and Charles Thompson explore the attitudes, issues and prejudices within the works of acclaimed Romantic Poets.
Wills Memorial Building
Romantic Bristol Walking Tour
Discover Bristol’s poetic legacy in this engaging guided walk, led by Dr Rebecca Hutcheon.
Bristol Folk House
Tricia Boutté Cookery Workshop
New Orleans Soul Food Cookery Workshop by visiting musician Tricia Boutté
Exchange
Rhythmia I
Part I of RHYTHMIA: a two-day event showcasing some of the finest in underground electronic music.
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
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
Motion
YARD: Open Air Club -Alan Fitzpatrick, KiNK
YARD: Open Air Club with Alan Fitzpatrick, KiNK [Live], DJ Tennis, Dense & Pika and more!
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
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