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Be Kind Bristol

A day of creativity celebrating Bristol’s rich tapestry of cultural identities

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Be Kind Bristol

Come and experience the creative worlds of people who find sanctuary in Bristol, and celebrate the huge spectrum of cultural traditions that make up the fabric of our city.

Be Kind Bristol is a day of creativity co-curated with members of Bristol’s refugee and asylum seeker communities that weaves dance, art, poetry, music, and crafts into a heartfelt celebration of Bristol’s rich tapestry of refugee and migrant identities.

Expect to encounter sounds, colour, stories and ideas from all over the world bursting out from all corners of Bridgehouse.

The day will feature performances, exhibitions and creative sharings from individuals and groups including Dovetail Orchestral, YES I Dub Mys.Tree shadow show, plus family craft activities and a chance to explore a human library of fascinating people.

The day also includes the world premiere of Odyssey a new music-drama for singers and orchestra written by Jonathan Dove, that tells the story of one refugee on a journey to find safety.

Be Kind Bristol is an invitation to all with open hearts and minds to meet, share and reach a new understanding of the refugee experience. Together we’ll uncover how embracing kindness can make our city stronger.

Presented by Bristol Beacon
Co-curated with members of Bristol’s refugee and asylum seeker communities

Participant travel is proudly supported by First Bus

Price: Free entry

Ages: All ages, family friendly and open to all.

Supported by The Marchus Trust


Access and Experience Information

This event will include:

Multi-faith room

Wheelchair access

For further details of the experience, please refer to our detailed access and experience guidance.

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People dressed in black dresses dancing

Lower Ground Floor

12:00 Bristol Windrush Reggae Choir

12.15 Andrea Brown

12.45 Gabrilla Kamara (GBO)

13.00 St Nicholas School

13.30 Sukina Noor

13.45 TBC

14.00 Tiger Stripes

14.45 Suhela

15.00 Dovetail Orchestra

15.45 TBC

A chair and shelves with books and posters

Ground Floor

Sound Lounge

12:15 – 16:00

The Human Library

Colourful flags hand from a high ceiling with people below. A sign says

Level 1

Stalls Bar & Meeting Room 2

12:00 – 16:00 Marketplace – Small business stalls

12:00 – 16:00 Multi Faith Space

People of different ages stand and sing on a bridge with a glass side

Level 3

Terrace – Workshops

12.15 Tiger Stripes – women only dance session

13.15 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeker Young People Music and Dance session

14.15 Fairbeats workshop

Kennedy Room

All Day

Arts and Crafts drop-in

St Nicholas School art display


Meeting Room 1

12:15, 13:15 & 14:15

The Mys.Tree Shadow Show


Artwork displayed around Bridgehouse throughout the day including pieces from Bristol Refugee Artists Collective and Bridges For Communities.

The venue

Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Bristol Beacon is located in the city centre with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 50m away directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.

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Bristol Beacon foyer has level access from street level with lifts to all levels and areas.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.

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