Bristol is a city known for its vibrant culture and in recent years has seen its reputation grow to become an important and influential international creative hub...

Image - Artists Pichi & Avo at Upfest 2016. Credit - Colin Rayner 

The city’s sense of unorthodoxy has always driven its creativity, and it is increasingly recognised as one of the most dynamic cultural cities in the UK.

High-profile international events like the biennial Wildscreen Festival and Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival add colour throughout the year, with delegates visiting from around the world. 

Bristol Film Office welcomes a growing number of film and TV companies to the city, which make use of the cutting-edge facilities found at Bottle Yard Studios as well as the city’s diverse filming locations. Recent high-profile productions have included Wolf Hall, Poldark and Sherlock, all taking advantage of the variety of architecture and the friendliness of the city.  

More than 20,400 people are employed directly in the creative and media sectors in the region and there is a huge diversity of talent from animation and film to post-production.

Bristol is also lucky to boast a range of truly creative and inspirational venues to add value to any event. The beautiful, historical Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Royal West of England Academy sit comfortably alongside modern museums and dynamic art spaces like Arnolfini, Spike Island and Watershed, all of which offer exciting alternative event spaces. Alternatively, take a look at the city’s live music venues, including Colston Hall, currently celebrating its 150th birthday, and Grade II-listed concert hall St George’s Bristol.

And its not just venues – there's also plenty of original team building events. Bristol is home to multi award-winning Aardman Animations, creators of Morph, Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit. They run creative awaydays where attendees can learn to make models from the experts. Banksy and Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, have also ensured the city is increasingly recognised internationally for its street art. The city’s streets offer an incredible outdoor gallery with expert guided walks, plus the opportunity to create your own masterpiece in group workshops.

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Explore the latest street art where the walls change weekly, and celebrate Bristol's unique creative culture.

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RWA’s impressive galleries and renowned art exhibitions offer a distinctive and prestigious setting for conferences and events. Their Grade 2* listed building features a balcony overlooking Bristol’s historic cultural quarter.

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Colston Hall has the facilities and skills to ensure your event reaches its maximum potential.

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Located on Bristol's Harbourside, close to the city centre, yet offering vistors and guests a calm corner of this historic quarter, Arnolfini is one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts.

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A unique centre devoted to the production and exhibition of the contemporary visual arts, as well as a great café space

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Centrally located, the 562 capacity venue hosts concerts, conferences and celebratory events.

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An inspirational setting for sophisticated entertaining in the heart of the city.

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The Other Art Fair is the UK's favourite fair to meet and buy art direct from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists.

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Watershed is the ideal venue for any event. Established in 1982, they have many years experience of organising and running events.