Bristol800 is a partnership programme that is developing, delivering and promoting activities in 2016 that celebrate significant Bristol anniversaries along with other commemorative and special events that raise awareness and encourage debate about different aspects of the city.

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Bristol800 is supported by:

The core of the work is in two areas:

1/ City-wide learning about Bristol through small-scale projects linked to many of the historical anniversaries that are taking place through the year, along with the free distribution of a specially produced book of walks exploring different aspects of Bristol’s heritage and present-day life to be launched in the autumn.

2/ The Bristol Weekenders: Weekends of arts events from a wide range of artistic disciplines and organisations at venues around the city. The weekends are produced by a variety of partners as part of a programme celebrating Bristol’s history, present-day cultural achievements and plans for the future. Further details below.

Bristol800, therefore, is a celebration of the city that follows in the tradition of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership projects that in the past have celebrated Brunel (2006) and the aviation industry (2010), and commemorated Bristol’s connections to the First World War (2014).

It also builds on Bristol being European Green Capital in 2015 and initial discussions around submitting a bid to be European Capital of Culture 2023.

We post material here on the Festival of Ideas website and also on our Facebook page.

Bristol800 Weekenders: Forthcoming/

10-11 December 2016
Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter
Led by the Royal West of England Academy

Events linked to a major exhibition celebrate the life and work of writer Angela Carter (who lived in Bristol for nearly a decade), 25 years after her death.

Bristol800 Weekenders: Past Events/

23-24 January 2016
Centre Stage: Celebrating Theatre in Bristol Led by the Royal West of England Academy

14 February 2016
Chains of Love Led by Love the Future

18-20 March 2016
The End of Everything and the Start of Something New Led by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership/ Festival of Ideas

22-24 April 2016
Led by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership/ Festival of Ideas

29 April-2 May 2016
Spike Island Open Studios
Led by Spike Print Studio, Spike Associates and Spike Design

30 April-2 May 2016
800 Years of the Mayoralty of Bristol
Led by the Lord Mayor’s Chapel

20-22 May 2016
Led by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership/ Festival of Ideas with the Cabot Institute, University of Bristol

28-30 May 2016
Bristol Old Vic 250
Led by Bristol Old Vic

11-12 June 2016
Festival of Nature
Led by Festival of Nature/ Bristol Natural History Consortium

18 June 2016
The Centenary of the Arab Revolt

Led by Bristol Festival of Ideas in association with Shared Spaces Festival and Salaam Shalom

18 September 2016
My Bristol, My Future
Led by Ujima Radio as part of Make Sunday Special

Spoken-word event featuring a selection of Bristol’s writers, artists and poets.

23-25 September 2016
Place, Time and Architecture
Led by the Architecture Centre

Events linked to a city-wide celebration of architecture and urban design marking the 20th anniversary of the Architecture Centre.

15 October 2016
Civic Bristol
Led by the Lord Mayor’s Office, Bristol City Council in partnership with Bristol’s Guild of Guardians

An ‘at home’ at The Mansion House marking 800 years of Bristol’s governance since 1216.

10-12 November 2016
Universities Showcase
Led by the University of Bristol and University of West of England

Showcasing projects at both of the city’s universities that involve collaboration with some of Bristol’s cultural organisations.

17-20 November 2016
Feel It Festival
Led by the Elizabeth Backwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol
Four days of events dedicated to investigating some of the most fundamental of human experiences: pain – of body, mind and spirit – and breath.

25-27 November 2016
The Art of Flight
Led by St George’s Bristol

The culmination of a flight-themed season running throughout the year with two world premieres of newly commissioned music and four hours of family activities.