The Bristol Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bristol this month, including watching a few movies in the moonlight, attending the Bats Ball at Arnos Vale and commemorating the centenary of the First World War


Shining a light on an important era of modern British history, Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a thrilling new dance piece this month, marking the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush which brought the first Caribbean migrants to the UK. Featuring an uplifting soundtrack, from calypso, jazz and blues to ska, gospel and reggae, this is a lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain. Windrush: Movement of the People is at Bristol Old Vic on 9 & 10 October, 8pm. Tickets £12-£20.

Watch movies in the moonlight

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and snuggle up in front of a favourite film in the beautiful grounds of Ashton Court Mansion as a leading open air cinema outfit arrives in Bristol this month. The Luna Cinema will be showing the record-breaking musical The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, as well as beloved dancing duo Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing, before Tom Cruise takes to the sky in ‘80s classic Top Gun. Showings from 5 – 7 October, doors 6pm, film 7.30pm. Ticket: £7.50-£27.50.


The ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’ exhibition at Bristol Cathedral is the culmination of a four-year photographic project by Bristol artist Marko Dutka commemorating the centenary of the First World War. It remembers those who have lost their lives in conflicts over the last 104 years and who are honoured at sites in the Bristol and Bath region. Marko’s photographs portray a rich and respectful repository of war graves in cemeteries such as Greenbank, Arnos Vale and Bristol Jewish Cemetery, all captured within a contemporary, night-time setting. On display until 18 November.


Introduced at an early age by her family to a whole range of music, from Arabic classical, jazz, fusion and world music to Tibetan monks and Western classical, Maya Youssef grew up in Syria determined to become a musician. From the BBC Proms to Womad, Maya has been impressing audiences with her 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither, and now is making her Bristol debut, with percussionist Elizabeth Nott and Barney Morse-Brown on cello, at St George’s Bristol on 9 October, 8pm. Tickets £16. Maya Youssef. © IGORSTUDIO

Be spooked

As the nights get longer and the air gets chillier, we’re just about resisting the urge to shout “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” at the prospect of Halloween on the horizon. If you’re into the spooky celebration, then a night of partying at Arnos Vale Cemetery should be in order this month. The Bats Ball, on 20 October, celebrates all things gothic, and this year’s theme is Victorian mourning. So assemble your best goth/punk/Victoriana-inspired outfits, explore a gallery of creepy creations by local artists and get an after-dark cemetery tour, all before dancing the night away at the disco with music by Bristol’s best goth DJs. Tickets £20.