Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Bristol Family Arts Festival 2015

  • Almost a month of family fun spanning October half term and beyond
  • Bringing the arts alive for families, the festival features many FREE EVENTS across the city
  • Bristol's favourite venues curate family-friendly programmes for the festival 

Back for another half term of theatre, art, music, dance, literature, film, storytelling and more, the Family Arts Festival - - runs from 9 October – 1 November.
A celebration of quality family arts events, Bristol Family Arts Festival - - is the perfect opportunity for families of all ages to enjoy the arts, many of which are free of charge.


The theme for this year’s Bristol Family Arts Festival is My Green City, to mark the city's year as European Green Capital. With a range of community outreach events across the city, the theme will be celebrated with a special finale event focusing on creating a green, future city. Festival partners, Bristol Children’s Scrapstore, will be contributing a fantastic range of recycled materials for the creative workshops. 

Bristol’s Family Arts Festival is coordinated by Arnolfini, the Architecture Centre, Artrageous, Bristol Libraries, Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery / M Shed), Bristol Old Vic, Brunel’s ss Great Britain, The Churches Conservation Trust, Lawrence Weston Community Farm, National Trust, Playing Out, St George's Bristol, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Underfall Yard Trust, and Watershed. 
The Bristol Family Arts Network is headed by Arnolfini and formed as an offshoot of the Bristol Cultural Education Partnership.

Amy Harrison, Learning and Participation Manager, the Architecture Centre, says:
“The Bristol Family Arts Festival is passionate about engaging families all across the city with culture and creativity. To celebrate Bristol as European Green Capital, our outreach events and finale event this year will also explore sustainability through the theme of My Green City.”

Ellie Jeffs, Curator of Learning and Participation, Arnolfini, says:
“Families are a really important audience for Bristol’s arts and cultural organisations. The 2015 Bristol Family Arts Festival programme includes a huge variety of events, workshops and activities, providing lots of opportunities for families to try out new experiences and get creative together."  

#BristolFAF     @FamilyArtFest

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Bristol Family Arts Festival

Bristol Family Arts Festival is a citywide celebration of creativity involving over 3,000 family members. The Bristol Festival is part of the national Family Arts Festival which last year impacted on 50,000 families nationwide. The Family Arts Festival is the only Bristol festival dedicated to families, delivered through a fortnight of creativity organised by a diverse group of Bristol arts and cultural organisations.

Bristol celebrates its third Family Arts Festival in the autumn 2015 with the aim of bringing the arts alive for families. The festival’s many events will take place across the city during half term (9 October -1 November), as part of the national Family Arts Festival.


2015 festival highlights include:

• Halloween Storytelling Boat Trip - Arnolfini
•The Big Draw: Them Bones! - Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
•The Spooky Ship - Brunel's ss Great Britain
•Arthur's Dream Boat - Tobacco Factory Theatres
•'50 Things' Family Art in the Wild - National Trust Leigh Woods
•Wild Words & Tiny Tales 'The Wild (Golden) Goose
Chase' - St George's Bristol
•Build a Power House - Underfall Boat Yard
•Uncover Mysterious Medieval Bristol - St John the Baptist Church
•Kid Carpet and the Noisy Neighbours - Bristol Old Vic
•Shoe boxes and Shipping Containers! - Architecture Centre
•LOVE Tea Dance with A Difference (inspired by Inside Out) - Watershed
•Bristol Family Arts Festival Finale: My Green City - Arnolfini

“We are passionate about engaging families across the city with culture and creativity. We hope the range of events in this year’s Family Arts Festival provide greater opportunities for Bristol families to have fun and be creative."

Amy Harrison, Learning and Participation Manager, the Architecture Centre

“Families are a really important audience. The 2015 Bristol Family Arts Festival has diverse programme of events and activities, which we hope will appeal to all Bristol families."  

Ellie Jeffs, Curator of Learning, Arnolfini 

#BristolFAF     @FamilyArtFest