In 1993 Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP) was launched. In 2018 we celebrated its 25th anniversary online and in a series of special events exploring some of the key ideas that have emerged over the last quarter of a century.

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The illustration above, commissioned from local artist Alys Jones, shows a few highlights from the last 25 years including: Brunel200 (2006), marking the bicentenary of the engineer’s birth; the Great Reading Adventure based on The Day of the Triffids (see PDF of the readers’ guide); BAC100 (2010), marking the centenary of aviation in the Bristol region; Bristol2014 (2014), marking the centenary of the start of the First World War; the Festival of the Future City; and the ongoing Festival of Ideas.

You can see a list of some of our programmes, projects, reports, publications and consultancy work on the BCDP25: Timeline.

BCDP’s mission is: to build a better Bristol by making an outstanding city of ideas; to create, make available and celebrate great art for all; to ensure that artists, culture and Bristol contribute to the great issues of our time; and to offer everyone a chance to play a part through partnership working.

We have worked with partners across the city, playing a leading role in developing new and renewed cultural facilities, including the cultural regeneration of Harbourside. We have been at the heart of initiatives that have resulted in Bristol being recognised nationally and internationally as a cultural centre of excellence, with culture embedded at the heart of city futures.

Alongside the core partnership of Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, University of Bristol and University of the West of England, hundreds of organisations, groups and individuals have been engaged as partners and supporters on individual programmes of work. Our thanks go to all of them.

During the course of 2018, we posted articles about some of our past and present activity, as well as our current plans and aspirations for the future. Follow the links below to find out more about:

Our Story

Capital of Culture

Great Reading Adventure

Festival of Ideas