May 13, 2022
From Alternative Bristol (UK)

Just a typical Bristol weekend…this is why people want to come to the fine city of Bristol – for it’s culture, history, nightlife, politics & protests, green spaces, and the sense of being just a bit more laidback than other large urban conurbations. True or false? No city is perfect (yet), and Bristol has many problems too – which is what we often focus on – but it’s a fine place to live.

This weekend there’s a shitload of good, interesting & downright hedonistic events happening, here’s our short list oof the ones we’d like to check out…

Saturday 14th May, 10am-4.30pm at Mshed: Bristol Radical History Festival – Free event, no tickets needed, all welcome. With stalls, films, history walks, an exhibition, singing, and meetings focused on 2 main themes: State and private surveillance of labour and social movements (1792 to now) aka #spycops; and Hidden histories of post-war Britain (1945-51) aka critiques of what was regarded as the most ‘socilaist Labour Govt in history.
BRHG tell us that “we will reveal hidden histories, debate and agitate for a future of better pasts.” Learn from the past to win in the future? We need that! Full programme here. Or see FB event.

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May: Forbidden Worlds Film Festival at the former Bristol IMAX Cinema, Bristol Aquarium – advance tickets needed for this awesome line-up of cult classics, from the mad to the bad and dangerous.
Full programme & info here.

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May: Bristol Transformed Festival – tickets required. In 4 venues around Stokes Croft/St Paul’s.  There’s comedy on Friday night, and then it’s 2 days of meetings & discussions covering a very wide range of contemporary political & social issues, from very much a left of centre perspective, with some excellent speakers. Food & socials also on the agenda!  Full Programme & info here.

Saturday 14th May from 11am: Ban Conversion Therapy rally/protest on College Green
– Free, no tickets needed. Demanding that trans people are included, along with all other LGB people, in the proposed Government ban on ‘conversion therapy’. FB event.

Saturday 14th May at 2pm: Bristol Kidical Mass (or critical mass) from Millenium Square
– Free, no tickets needed. Family friendly event includes a mass ride to Castle park at 3pm. “Kidical Mass is a global movement where children and families take to the streets en-masse to show the demand for more space and safer streets for children to cycle. Come on bikes, scooters, skateboards, wheels or feet!” Reclaim those streets – be one less car! See FB event for full info.

Saturday 14th May from 2pm to 4am on Sunday: Stokes Croft block party – tickets required. Multi-venue music/DJ’s party. This will be massive. Tickets & info here (if not sold out); but many may just be in the area for the vibe on a warm evening, that might just have the cops sweating a bit!

Sunday 15th May, 10am-4pm: Arnos Vale Mayfair – Free event, no tickets needed. Lovely outdoors event on a warm Sunday, with stalls, food and more including walks, in the beautiful setting of the Arnos Vale cemetery. FB event.

Of course, Bristol being Bristol, there’s a lot more on out there! Have  cracking weekend.