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

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Bristol800 is supported by:

The core of the work will be in two areas:

1/ City-wide learning about Bristol through small-scale projects linked to many of the historical anniversaries that will take place through the year, along with the free distribution of a specially commissioned 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 will be produced by venue partners as part of a programme celebrating Bristol’s history, present-day cultural achievements and plans for the future. There will also be online activity and one-off linked events throughout the year. Further details below.

The plan in 2016, therefore, is to have a celebration of the city that builds on 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).

There’s also the potential to build on Bristol being European Green Capital in 2015.

We’ll be posting material here on the Festival of Ideas website and also on our Facebook page.

Bristol800 Weekenders: Forthcoming/

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

Marking the theatre’s 250th anniversary with a series of projects and activities that will involve the people of Bristol.

10-11 June 2016
Festival of Nature
Led by Festival of Nature/ Bristol Natural History Consortium

A series of events and hands-on activities exploring our relationship to the Avon as part of the Festival of Nature.

18 June 2016
The Centenary of the Arab Revolt
Led by Bristol Festival of Ideas in association with Shared Spaces Festival and Salaam Shalom

A day of film screenings and debate marking the start of the Arab Revolt in 1916.

July 2016
Arts Council England 70th Birthday
Led by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Arnolfini

A look at the impact of Arts Council England support and policies upon the city’s cultural organisations. Date TBC.

Autumn 2016
Bristol Old Vic/ Situations Project
Led by Bristol Old Vic

This first co-production between England’s oldest theatre and one of the country’s foremost public art producers begins with the simplest form of theatre: the doorstep conversation asking the question, ‘Have you ever felt like you were in the heart of Bristol?’. Date TBC.

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.

14-16 October 2016
Civic Bristol
Led by the Lord Mayor’s Office, Bristol City Council in partnership with Bristol’s Guild of Guardians

Events marking 800 years of Bristol’s governance since 1216 when Adam Le Page was appointed the city’s first elected mayor.

11-13 November 2016
University 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.

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 including concerts at St George’s and Filton, and hands-on activity at At-Bristol.

9-11 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