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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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Peel Lecture Theatre
History of Bristol Poetry | Festival Lecture
A lecture on the history of Bristol poetry. Delivered by Professor Ralph Pite.
The Square Club
Tom Sastry | Reading + Workshop
Bristol Poetry Festival 2019 Poet in Residence, Tom Sastry, gives an exclusive reading of his excellent poetry, followed by a workshop.
Square Club & Waterstones
Panel, Nine Arches, Laureate's Choice
Bristol Poetry Festival welcomes esteemed publishers Nine Arches and Laureate's Choice for two fantastic readings from their poets.
Anson Rooms
Elles Bailey
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest
Blue Mountain
4 Years in the Jungle
Aphrodite, Demolition Man, Ray Keith & more
Spike Island
Mole & Gecko | Family Friendly Rap Musical
Mole & Gecko, poet and singe, perform an interactive rap musical At Spike Island. Suitable for all ages 5+.
Anson Rooms
Open to all brass and woodwind players interested in making their horn section performances more dynamic.
Wills Memorial Building
Poetry In A Time Of Civil Unrest
Outstanding poet and lecturer Anthony Anaxagorou illustrates how poetry has shaped our world through times of political conflict.
Anson Rooms
Jonny Mansfield's Elftet
Bristol SU Live // Bristol Jazz and Blues Fest
Bristol Old Vic
Impermanence Presents: Israel A -My Body My Nation
My Body My Nation looks at the correspondence between the self and the body.
The Attic Bar
The festival networking party market!
Machina Bristronica
A festival of Knobs,Buttons & Discussions
The Canteen
LaDIY Fest
A fest you don't want to miss!
The Three Tuns
Brandon Hill Beer Festival
Beer Festival with Live Music and Late Licenses
Various: Stokes Croft, Bristol
Bristol Transformed 2019: People Powered Politics
A political education festival celebrating the politics & culture of the newly empowered socialist Left
The Three Tuns
Brandon Hill Beer Festival
Beer Festival with Live Music and Late Licenses
Rugby 7s touch tournament
Lauri Love on Hacktivism, Surveillence and Privacy
Hacktivism, surveillance and privacy: The truth behind the control.
Bristol Old Vic
Impermanence Presents: A Double Bill
Crystal Zillwood's 'Evolutio' along with The House of Strays 'These Hands'
Old Down County Park
Charity festival to help raise funds for families in need.
Secret Somerset Location
Fanny's Meadow
Independent original live music festival, family and dog friendly!
Gilcombe Farm
Farmfest 2019
A mischievous melting pot of music, arts, party and people
The Stag And Hounds
Bristol Punx Picnic
Picnic in park followed by great bands