Mai-Thu Perret’s multidisciplinary practice intertwines seemingly diverse traditions such as Modernism, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Eastern spiritualities. In 1999 Perret created The Crystal Frontier, a fictional all-women commune located in the New Mexico desert. The story of this autonomous community provides the framework for Perret’s interest in radical feminist politics and the objects she presents often masquerade as the ‘hypothetical production’ of the women inside The Crystal Frontier.
The Blazing World, Perret’s first major solo exhibition in the UK, explores the subject of witchcraft and the relationship between women’s oppression and the emergence of capitalism. In her immersive installation at Spike Island, a theatrical stage recalls sacred forms of architecture and is punctuated with ritualistic sculptures, puppets and textiles.
It’s 1980 in Elephant and Castle. Martin and best friend Debbie are getting ready for another night out at Martin’s favourite night spot "The Golden Girl”, one of Soho’s premier drag clubs. Tonight is not a regular night out. Tonight is the the night that Martin’s life will change forever. Call Me Vicky tells the incredible true story of one woman’s journey to become the person she knows herself to be.
Call Me Vicky, the debut play from East London sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland is an honest, frank and revealing insight in to an important struggle that has been relevant for generations. Based entirely on a true story, this fast paced, hard-hitting, yet comic and heartwarming play charts Vicky’s life from a council estate in South London through to the back streets of Soho in one of it’s most dangerous decades.
‘They think I am the most beautiful thing in the world. And I don’t mind being a thing. I don’t want their respect. I want only their animal desire.’
'Raw, sexy and salacious' ***** (Epigram.org.uk).
FREAK explores female sexuality, self-image and sexual exploitation. It follows the lives of two women of different ages, embarking on very different experiences, as the same societal ideals influence their decisions. Compelled by the recent shedding of light on sexual abuse in the media and the cancellation of compulsory consent workshops at universities, Bristol-based company Bullet Theatre boldly and unashamedly explore the experience of being female, combining unique choreography with Anna Jordan's poetic writing. After 5-star, sell-out runs in Bristol and the Edinburgh Fringe, FREAK makes its London debut at the Chapel Playhouse this March.
Produced all by the very lovely, very talented Doppler creators Bullet Theatre
The legendarily anarchic Improbable return to Bristol with The Paper Man, an intriguing true story of political protest, power and football. Improvisation impresarios, never shy to tackle the sensitive social and cultural complexities that affect us all, Improbable leave audiences surprised, unsettled and hugely entertained.
In 1938, Austrian football star Matthias Sindelar humiliated the Nazi regime by refusing to throw a match. A few months later, he was dead. Accident, suicide or execution? Inspirational little guy or yet another man and his ego? Who cares?
Middle aged, white British, football addict-in-recovery, Lee Simpson wants answers. He hires some women to make a show about football, Nazis, and our future. In a paper world of light and shadow, violence and dance, five performers work together on what sets them apart.
Join in with some of the greatest busking talent in Bristol as Millennium Square opens to Bristol’s excellent street musicians. In-between live performances there will be screenings of a variety of music videos from local artists on the Big Screen.
To top it all off, Free Silent Disco will be coming down to the square to bring you a headset-led party to see you home!
"Why won't my mind be still .... How can I slow the rush of thoughts"?
Meditation can improve sleep, reduce stress and help us meet the challenges of everyday life. These classes help us learn, practice and experience. They are free of charge and suitable for all
Every Tuesday 19:30-20:30
Join Bristol Fair Trade Network for their quarterly social, free to attend and open to all! This is a chance to come together to find out about the latest Fair Trade news in Bristol and beyond, plan campaigns and meet like-minded people in the city.
This month they'll be focussing on the latest campaign from Traidcraft, shedding light on poverty in the Assam region and the role of the Big Six tea companies in making a positive change.
As always, delicious vegan food is available to buy from the hosts in the Resbite Café.
Come and experience spraying stencil art first-hand, and spray your own artwork(s), at #SPRAYSTREETART Introducing Stencil Art Spray Sessions.
This is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of our facilities and spray yourself your own artwork using our laser cut stencils and 'safe' water-based spray paints.
All abilities and ages can have a go, as these sessions are geared towards offering a chance to 'get your hands on the cans', a level 1 experience for everyone, plus you get a souvenir artwork or artworks to take home.
Tickets: £12.50 (including one A2 artwork)
Henry V compels to examine our place in the wolrd and look at our complex relationship with patriotism. Above all it speaks of the moral responsibility of our leaders: every subject's duty is the king's, but every subject's soul is his own.
Tickets from £12 (limited availability)
FareShare South West and the Bearpit are inviting the city to a surplus banquet, cooked using food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Banqueting chairs and tables will be laid out in the Bearpit space for the community to join together for a two-course delicious Moroccan feast. Choose from a 6pm or 19:30pm sitting.
As a Brit incarcerated in Arizona's highest-security prisons including supermax, Shaun Attwood lived for 6 years in the company of killers, ranging from Mafia mass murderers to Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members....
In 1981, photographer Anita Corbin captured pivotal “coming of age” moments in the life of 56 young women – all members of different subcultural tribes: Skins, Mods, Punks, Rockabillies, New Romantics, Rastas and young lesbians. The result was an extraordinary collection of double portraits that represented sisterhood, friendship, belief and allegiance against a potent backdrop of heightened social, cultural and political change in '80s Britain.
The Found Footage Festival, America’s acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, brings its 2018 show to Arnolfini, showcasing videos found at
garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America.
Comedians Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) take audiences on a guided tour of their latest and greatest VHS finds, providing live
commentary and where-are-they-now updates on the people in these videotaped
FRIENDSFEST IS BACK...
The ultimate celebration of the world's greatest TV show!
Could we BE any more excited? Following last year's sell out tour, global award-winning Comedy Central UK's Friendsfest returns this summer for a 12 week tour of the UK, stopping in 6 fantastic locations: Glasgow | Newcastle | Manchester | Bristol | Brighton | London.
Photo Source: Comedy Central
Exhibition: Nina Beier European Interiors
21 July to 23 September 2018
Danish artist Nina Beier works with an array of objects that carry particular social histories, from human hair wigs to mechanical rodeo bulls and cigars to luxury soap. By physically challenging these objects in various ways, she investigates how their value is constructed and communicated and reveals implicit power structures.
Welcome to an exhibition full of colour, expectations and a little bit of silliness. You are invited to join Pot of Gold and explore the collection of work by a variety of artists, illustrators and makers. This exhibition is in collaboration with CYI’MK the newly graduated illustration students at Bristol UWE. The work will be based upon the symbolic pot of gold at the end of rainbow. The Pot of Gold represents ones hopes, dreams and success’, so in a world where you could have, be or do whatever you want, what would your pot of gold be?
Please come along to the opening night, on the 17th of August 6-8:30pm, where you can meet some of the artists and enjoy the work with a glass of wine!
"What better way to kick start your weekend than a leisurely evening cruise up river to Beese's Riverside Bar to see a live band? Friday evenings set off from Welsh Back Landing at 6pm to Beese's - they will be serving drinks on board, a different band each week at the venue and a meal included with your ticket. This is a one-way trip and public transport information can be found on Bristol Ferry website."
"Raise the Bar & Milk Poetry's monthly event puts the Spotlight on the emerging talent pool of Bristol and its surrounding areas, providing a relaxed and welcoming environment for newbies, veterans and anybody in between to perform their work to a warm and intimate audience in the heart of Stokes Croft."