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Bristol’s cultural organisations team up to launch city-wide Arts Channel, presenting content “Together Online”


Bristol’s cultural organisations announced that they will be coming together to present a programme of online arts experiences for audiences missing the buzz and community of Bristol’s vibrant arts scene. Bristol Arts Channel will launch for a pilot season from 29 May until 30 June, in collaboration with The Space and Bristol & Bath Creative R&D.

Created with founding partners Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Colston Hall, St Pauls Carnival, Trinity, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol, MAYK, Arnolfini, Paraorchestra and Bristol Museums, the pilot programme of work will feature streamed performances, live and on demand, interactive events, carnivalesque experiments, virtual tours, playful Zoom experiences, lockdown lullabies, online exhibitions and mini-festivals, all curated by Bristol’s cultural organisations to give audiences moments of togetherness from the comfort of their own homes.

Support from Bristol & Bath Creative R&D and digital commissioning and development agency The Space will enable participants to make their selected content online as accessible as possible, through captioning and interpretation.

Upcoming highlights include:

  • Bristol Old Vic’s streamed season of plays, including Messiah (Fri 29 May), A Monster Calls (Fri 5 Junand The Grinning Man (Fri 26 Jun), with two more titles announced shortly.
  • Come the Revolution Watch Party with Watershed – Come the Revolution are hosting Sunday evening watching parties featuring some of the best Black Film & TV Netflix has to offer.
  • Colston Hall and Simple Things Festival will be broadcasting archive recordings of some of their most memorable gigs including Omar Souleyman from 2017 plus more to be announced.
  • Trinity Centre will be working with their Associate Artist Roxana Vilk to collect Lullabies from across Bristol in this time of quarantine for a digital exhibition later in the year.
  • Paraorchestra will be hosting their first Zoom performance, Paraorchestra Presents; an intimate live gig featuring solo performances from some of their talented musicians & collaborators.
  • St George’s Bristol will be presenting a new twist on its popular Thursday Lunchtime Concert Series and weaving a path through all sorts of sonic possibilities in its Wednesday evening Listening Room. There’ll be an invitation too to join Julian Baggini, Philosopher in Residence, as he flicks through the weekend papers and unpacks the philosophy behind the headlines.
  • Watershed will be hosting Nacho Problem: Cocktails and canapés at home – join Watershed Head Chef Chris Warren for a cook in of Watershed’s famous Nachos – with details of how to recreate them in the comfort of your own home. Plus a cooking Q&A and some idea for some film-themed cocktails.
  • Colston Hall will present a broadcast of previously unreleased concert footage of John Grant performing with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, filmed in 2014.
  • Deaf Conversations about Cinema will move online – Watershed’s monthly film discussion event for Deaf and hearing audience members moves online for the first time. Join an online watching party of a specially selected film, and then come together to share your thoughts and questions. Hosted by David Ellington.
  • Bristol Museums will present The World in Bristol, a festival of online activities celebrating Bristol as a global city. It will explore the diverse cultures that enrich and shape the city, as well as highlighting museum collections in new ways through presentations of artists’ work and online exhibitions.
  • Colston Hall will present Bristol Takeover Online Part 2. Following on from Colston Hall’s hugely successful Bristol Takeover event on 23 May, which was watched by over 8,000 people and raised over £10,000 to support participating artists and venues, the team will be presenting Part 2 on Sat 20 Jun. Live streaming a line-up of fresh new talent alongside established names, from their homes to yours, in partnership with Bristol venues including The Louisiana, Thekla, The Fleece, Exchange, St George’s Bristol, Trinity and more.
  • Plus so much more…