Culture

Photorealist Art

Get Real: Photorealist Art

We’ve been wowed by local photorealist artist Martin Turner... After abandoning fine art as a teenager, Fishponds resident Martin Turner worked in IT for a...
Art Exhibitions in Bristol April 2017

Art Exhibitions in Bristol April 2017

Art Exhibitions in Bristol April 2017: The Bristol Magazine rounds up the finest art exhibitions of the month, from sculpture and painting to photography...
Downs Festival

The Downs Festival Line-Up Announced

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, headlined by Massive Attack, The Downs Festival will return on Saturday 2  September with a stellar...

10 Things We Didn’t Know: Colston Hall

The beloved Bristol landmark is 150 years old this year, and to celebrate, we took a look back through the Colston Hall archives – which make for some fairly...
The Kooks

Interview: The Kooks
bassist Pete Denton

Emma Payne speaks to The Kooks bassist Pete Denton about the ups and downs of fame, new record The Best Of...So Far and their upcoming 2017 anniversary...
Upfest 2017

Upfest 2017 Artist Lineup Confirmed

Upfest 2017 promises to be the brightest and best yet as the world-renowned festival returns to South Bristol with a jam-packed line-up of artistic talent from...
We Are Native Women

Beyond Pocahontas:
We Are Native Women

We Are Native Women, a new exhibition at Rainmaker Gallery, is challenging perceptions of Native American culture through the striking, powerful and beautiful...
South West Festivals

Line-up for Bristol
Sounds announced

Bristol Sounds, the four-night midsummer gig series on Bristol’s Harbourside formerly known at Summer Series, has announced its headliners. Welsh rock...
Nicola Colton

We The People:
Nicola Colton

Local illustrator Nicola Colton has been celebrating the individuality and creative spirit of the Bristol populous with a series of eye-catching portraits An...
Funny Girl

Review: Funny Girl

Kelly Jobanputra takes a trip to see Sheridan Smith's latest turn as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at Bristol Hippodrome The popular musical Funny Girl is...
Escaped Alone

Interview: Linda Bassett, Escaped Alone

Theo Bosanquet talks to one star of Escaped Alone, the thought-provoking Caryl Churchill play arriving at Bristol Old Vic this month When actress Linda...
Blah's big weekend

Preview: Blah’s Big Weekend

This month Bristol Old Vic presents Blah's Big Weekend, a packed three-day festival from 17-19 March celebrating the best in spoken word and...
Junkyard

Review: Junkyard at
Bristol Old Vic

Jenny Hayes takes a trip to the playground with Junkyard, Bristol Old Vic's latest feisty production Plunging your audience into the pitch black and shining...
Hagit Yakira Dance

Interview: Hagit Yakira Dance

Choreographer Hagit Yakira talks dance ahead of her double bill - Free Falling and Air Hunger - at Circomedia on 2 March How did you first get into...
Pahnl Upfest

Pahnl Announced as Upfest 2017 Artist

Street art duo, Pahnl has been announced as this year’s Upfest festival artist, becoming the first duo to create the logo and poster for this year’s...
City Hall

City Hall spaces open for local artists

Mayor Marvin Rees has opened two brand new art spaces at City Hall to showcase Bristol talent and give cultural and community groups unique environments...
IBT17

The Inbetweeners: IBT17

Extraordinary live art, unusual experiences, and stories that surprise, inspire or catalyse: prepare to flesh out your February with some forward-thinking,...
Upfest 2017

Registration Opens for Upfest 2017

Artist registration for Europe’s largest live street art and graffiti festival, Upfest 2017, is now open until 31 March Upfest, which takes place from 29th...

Interview: Macy Gray

Soul singer Macy Gray has stripped back, grown up and gone back to basics, as she tells Emma Payne Mention Macy Gray to most people and it won’t be long...
Art Exhibitions Bristol January 2016

Art Exhibitions Bristol January 2017

Art Exhibitions Bristol January 2017: The Bristol Magazine rounds up the finest art exhibitions of the month, from sculpture and painting to photography New...

Review: The Snow Queen

Grotty goblins, missing children, and a heart-eating queen – Bristol Old Vic unveils its brave and beautiful Christmas show Words by Jenny Hayes,...
Elles Bailey

Interview: Elles Bailey

The Bristol Magazine catches up with local singer-songwriter Elles Bailey, who reveals the story behind her characteristic vocal, favourite influences and the...

Interview: Sonya Cassidy

From Ripper Street to The Paradise, born and bred Bristolian Sonya Cassidy is taking our screens by storm – especially in the lead role of the latest season...
Puppini Sisters

Interview: The Puppini Sisters

Marcella Puppini talks vinyl, Vivienne Westwood, and founding a new record label, as her hit close-harmony group returns to Bristol to get the festive season...
Others and I

Review: Others and I at Spike Island

The Bristol Magazine pays a visit to one of Spike Island's current exhibitions, the intriguing Others and I by Hedwig Houben We like to think of ourselves as...
Planet Earth II

Second Nature: Sir David Attenborough

Broadcasting paragon Sir David Attenborough was in town recently for the world premiere of the sequel to Planet Earth – he talked to us about its...
Robert Glasper

Review: The Robert Glasper Experiment

Louise Harrold gives us the lowdown on grammy award-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper's Colston Hall gig on 19 November Sometimes you attend a gig that...
Wreath making

Fresh and Green: Wreath Making

Ace Bristol florist Rachel Husband, of The Rose Shed at Paintworks, shows us how to create our very own wreath in time for Christmas You will need: ...
Co-Lab

Keep Calm and Co-Lab

Bright, bold and big-hearted; one Bristol arts collective is shaking up our shopping quarter says Emma Cullen Walking through Bristol’s retail hub – I’m...
Black Star Prince

6 Black Star Highlights

As the British Film Institute unveils Black Star, the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility,...
Darcey Bussell DDMIX

Interview: Darcey Bussell

Former prima ballerina Darcey Bussell speaks to Emma Payne about bringing her new dance fitness programme to Bristol, Strictly Come Dancing, and the role...
She Makes War

Interview: Laura Kidd

We caught up with Bristol-based gloom-pop multi-instrumentalist Laura Kidd, otherwise known as She Makes War, ahead of her appearances in Bristol this...

Interview: The Shimmer Band

The Bristol-born psych-rock-pop band have had a busy 2016 playing festivals like Isle of Wight, Leeds and Reading, and supporting some of their biggest...
up the antics

New Comedy Group Are Upping The Ante

Bristol-based comedy group The VA have re-emerged as Up The Antics, and are taking the city by storm Characterized by their bizarre take on popular...

Superhans Alive! at Motion

Aside from the fact we have a huge and, you could say, unlikely, crush on Jez's shady mate from Peep Show, there was another major reason we were drawn...
grinning man

Review: The Grinning Man

Jenny Hayes enters the macabre and magical world of The Grinning Man at Bristol Old Vic It’s Bristol, but not as we know it. Even before I’ve set foot...
bristol film festival horror in the caves

Preview: Horror In The Caves

Bristol Film Festival returns from the 28 - 30 October for a weekend of Halloween horror in Redcliffe caves Following its launch event back in March, Bristol...
Daphne Wright kitchen

Being Human: Daphne Wright

Poignancy and unsettling beauty abound in a new exhibition dedicated to the influential Bristol-based artist Daphne Wright Daphne Wright’s unwavering...
ria timkin

Interview: Ria Timkin

We spoke to Moscow-born, Bristol-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Ria Timkin about moving to the city, Tolstoy and her biggest influences While Bristol has...
the lantern nomads

Illuminating The Lantern

We shine a spotlight on The Lantern, Colston Hall’s second performance space and noted springboard for upcoming artists and smaller-scale productions Walk...
Simple Things

Simple Things: Top 5

Simple Things is set to take over Bristol with 10 stages and an outstanding lineup of musicians from 22 - 23 October A truly unique music festival, Simple...
wildscreen hunt

Wildscreen: Festival Highlights

From astounding photo-journalism to bicycle-powered cinema, TBM gives you the lowdown on the Wildscreen Festival programme, which takes place from 10-14...
gary numan

Interview: Gary Numan

Given his innovative, experimental beginnings, it’s pleasing to hear that Gary Numan is still making music in much the same way. While his latest, more...

Encounters Film Festival: 5 Highlights

Encounters Film Festival comes to Watershed and Arnolfini from 20 - 25 September, so here's our pick of five events not to be missed... 1. Deaf Shorts - Sign...
valley fest

8 Unmissable Highlights at Valley Fest

Having begun in 2007 as a way to raise money for charity in memory of organiser Luke Hassell’s late parents, Valley Fest has steadily grown into a popular...

Arts review: Jamaican Pulse at the RWA

Words by Lorna King To say these last few months in Britain have been tumultuous would be the understatement of the year. With the EU referendum and Euro...

Preview: Wilderness 2016

Of all the UK summer festivals, the award-winning Wilderness, which takes places in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside – this year from 4-7 August – is...
cheba

Lessons in Street Art with Cheba

The Bristol Magazine's editor Amanda Nicholls get a lesson in the ways of 'nebular funk' from long-standing city street artist Cheba, ahead of...
leon keer paints

Painting the Town with Leon Keer

While Dutch pop-surrealist artist Leon Keer cut his teeth designing and producing giant advertising murals commissioned by the likes of Coca-Cola – not...