Bristol Arts Channel picks 25/6/20

Throughout June Bristol Arts Channel, a city-wide collaboration between Bristol’s cultural organisations, has been providing a Bristol culture fix with wonderful theatre, music live streams, activities, talks and watch parties a-plenty, all re-imagined for you at home.

As the month-long pilot season comes to a close, the channel is stuffed full of incredible online events, both live and on-demand, for you to enjoy. And with this weekend’s weather forecast looking gloomy, we’re going to once again need a lockdown lifeline!

Here’s a few of our picks of the week. You can explore the full programme at

Rewatch Bristol Takeover Online Pt. 2

On Saturday 20 June we teamed up with Bristol’s finest independent music venues to present our second online festival to raise money for artists impacted by covid-19 and Music Venues Trust’s Save Our Venues Campaign.

The second event was even bigger than the first, with 44 artists, 10 takeovers and nearly 12 hours of music. Watch for the first time or re-live your favourite sets now – and please donate what you can to the Crowdfunder to help us reach our target of £20k for artists and venues.


Carnival – Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday 25 June 2020 at 19:00

Encounters Film Festival, 123 Media and St Pauls Carnival present Carnival – a short, powerful film set against the backdrop of St Pauls Carnival, with panel discussion.

Carnival tells the story of an absent mother returning to visit her young daughter. This is a testing time for Rochelle, she has to prove she has moved on from her wild and dangerous past in order to keep her ties to her daughter and build a future for both of them, together.

Watch the trailer below, and visit the Facebook event page via the button for more information.


MAYK presents The Bullet and the Bass Trombone – Sleepdogs

Until 28 June 2020

There’s a concert orchestra, trapped in a city during a military coup. As violence erupts, with pitched battles breaking out around them, the orchestra becomes separated – lost – hoping and trying to find their way back to each other. The composer is left to tell the story. With an intricate, fractured narrative and haunting soundtrack, The Bullet and The Bass Trombone is a modern hymn to people and places now lost.

Premiered in 2012, The Bullet and the Bass Tombone was a Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission and produced by MAYK.


Dance Class: Contemporary African dance with live drumming with Louis Roger Eboa

Friday 26 June 2020 at 17:00

End the week right and get the heart rate going with Bristol Museum’s live-streamed dance sessions and learn new moves from around the world as part of the World in Bristol digital festival.


The Grinning Man

Friday 26 June 2020 at 19:00

A strange new act has arrived at the fairground. Who is Grinpayne and how did he get his hideous smile? Helped by an old man, a lone wolf and a blind girl, his story must be told.


Ujima Radio – Carnival Takeover

Saturday 27 June 2020 at 12:00

The weather is not looking as hot this weekend, but that doesn’t mean carnival vibes won’t be flowing. To get in the Carnival spirit, tune into Ujima Radio for an all-day Carnival takeover on Saturday.

More information about this event will be posted on the St Pauls Carnival Facebook page.


Annette Curtain’s Massive House Party

Saturday 27 June 2020 at 21:00

Join Annette Curtain (sometimes known as Tom Marshman) for one of lockdown’s biggest treats – a livestreamed cabaret straight from her front room.

Annette’s lockdown nights are fast becoming the talk of the town and now she has recruited Ryan the Geeky Twinky who is making sure everything goes to plan.


French and Saunders Comedy Legend Watch Party

Sunday 28 June 2020 at 20:00-22:00

Need a laugh? Join Slapstick for their latest #laughterinlockdown video featuring Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders receiving their Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Awards in 2017, as the Slapstick team live tweets along. This was a sell out event that took place at Colston Hall and was hosted by the brilliant Mel Giedroyc.


Also On Demand

You can also still enjoy an archive broadcast of everyone’s favourite Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman’s 2017 Simple Things set at Colston Hall, and the full version of our specially commissioned audio-visual spectacle by Limbic Cinema, Sensory Symphony, that we presented as we closed the doors to our auditoriums in 2018 to commence our transformation.

Omar Souleyman: Simple Things 2017
Archive Broadcast

Sensory Symphony 2018
On demand

You can explore the full programme at

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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