Bristol Green Capital 2015

logo-bristol2015-2row-@2xBristol is proud to have been chosen as European Green Capital for 2015. As Darran Hall, Bristol West’s Green parliamentary candidate explained, we may not have the environmental credentials of previous Green Capitals, but we were chosen for the huge effort we are making, the goals we have set for ourselves, and this challenging journey that we are on.

We already have many exciting events and initiatives happening across our city, and we will be creating new ones to show how sustainable living can improve people’s lives. Part of the magic of Bristol is our ability to do things a little differently, so if we surprise people along the way, then so much the better!

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Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival: 5th-8th March 2015

PrintLast year the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival was enjoyed by nearly 10,000 music fans. It was an unforgettable weekend of jazz, blues and swing.

From Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8 2015 we have an incredible line-up of over 40 concerts, workshops and jam sessions. Highlights include: The Big Band Swing Dance led by the 17-piece Bruce/Ilett Big Band; Cartoon Jazz, featuring your favourite Disney songs as you’ve never heard them before with the Big Buzzard Boogie Band and The Louis Armstrong Story, a unique tribute to the king of Blues.

On Sunday, March 8 Colston Hall will take a musical journey across the Atlantic for the New Orleans Takeover with three special concerts paying tribute to the spiritual home of jazz and blues.

You’ll find out full programme and ticket information HERE.



UK General Election: 7th May 2015

thOn May 7th Britons will go to the polls to elect a new government. Each constituency elects an MP to represent it in Parliament. The situation in Bristol West is very exciting. Polls indicate that Green Party candidate, Darren Hall is likely to win, following a growth of 900% in Green Party membership in Bristol.

VegfestUK Bristol: 23th-24th May 2015

VegFest UK 2013VegfestUK Bristol started life in 2003 and has grown to be the World’s biggest vegan event – and here we are in 2015 with our biggest show to date, full of fun, laughter, great music, amazing food, 150 stalls, excellent speakers, inspiring demos and workshops, incredible comedy hours, superb kids area and an all round most excellent vibe as around 25,000 people visit the show over the 2 day event. Live music all day and live DJs from 5pm. See link for programme of musical treats.

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Bristol’s Big Green Week: 13th-21st June 2015

Green Week 3The BIG Green Week is the UK’s annual festival of eco ideas, art and entertainment – 50,000 visitors enjoy two weekends of free family entertainment and nine days of inspiring talks, workshops, art, music, poetry, excellent local food, sustainable fashion, comedy and films. The 2014 Festival had over 150 events across Bristol in June, over half of which were free! This year’s festival, coinciding with Bristol’s status as European Green Capital, looks to be even bigger.

St Paul’s Carnival: 4th July 2015

St Pauls CarnivalSt Paul’s Afrikan Caribbean Carnival is a glittering pageant of costumes, cultures and Mas/Floats, each reflecting powerful cultural traditions from around the world. It attracts an average of 80,000 people each year and has grown to become nationally recognised. Alongside the famous street parade there are stalls offering a taste of foods from different continents.

Expect a lively, colourful and music-filled celebration, held on the streets of St Pauls featuring the Masquerade, music stages, sound systems and stalls running from 11am to 2am.

UPFEST Graffiti Festival: 25th-27th July 2015

upfest-logoEurope’s largest street art & graffiti festival is back in 2015! Bristol is famed for being the home of Banksy, but we have many exciting young street painters. Bristol’s home grown talent will be joined by over 250 of the most diverse and cutting edge urban painters from around the world. Watch them create their vibrant works of art in south Bristol to a live soundtrack of funk, soul, reggae and hip hop.

Dates confirmed: 25th – 27th July  Upfest – The Urban Paint Festival

Details for Upfest 2015 will become available over the next six months.

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta: 6th-9th August 2015

Bristol Balloon FiestaNow in its 37th year, Bristol Balloon Fiesta is the largest ballooning event in Europe.It attracts over 100 balloons and 500,000 visitors over the 4 days of the event. Get up at dawn [6.15!] and watch the balloons ascending all together. It is a spectacular sight, and nowhere else, outside the US, can you see so many balloons taking off at the same time. There is also a mass ascent in the evening, and as night falls, 30+ balloon teams light up their tethered balloons for the famous ‘Night Glow’ event. If you don’t like crowds, the balloons can be seen from all over the city, filling the sky with both traditionally shaped balloons and the weird and wonderful ‘specials’.