Must See Monday – Events of the Month (August)

1st August 2016

Must See Monday August

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What: Rio 2016 – The Official Team GB FanZone Bristol // Where: Millennium Square // When: Sat 6th – Sun 21st  Aug // Cost: Free
fanzone-teamgb-landscape-bristol-01_origGo on down to the Official Team GB FanZone in Bristol this summer to watch live coverage of the Olympic Games from Rio on Big Screen Bristol and participate in some of the sports that our Team GB stars will be competing in, on At-Bristol’s Millennium Square.

There will also be the opportunity to take park in some Olympic sports (run by the National Governing Bodies of the Olympic Sports) for free, such as volleyball, canoeing, shooting, equestrian, and table tennis.

Activity starts on the Official Team GB FanZone Bristol on Saturday 6th August, through to Sunday 21st August. (Please note, that due to Rio being four hours ahead, the opening and closing ceremonies will not be shown on the Big Screen).

Full schedule and more details coming soon. Join the Facebook Event to be kept up-to-date! 

To find out more click here.

What: Under A Cardboard Sea  // WhereBristol Old Vic Theatre // WhenThur 4th – Sat 6th Aug (7.30pm & 2.30pm) // Cost: £15
imageresizerIn a nameless city, beneath a cloud of smog there is a theatre. A little kingdom of its own, where secrets are hidden and lies are told.

Outside, the wheels of progress grind on whilst hundreds of children are vanishing off the streets. Eventually they reappear on the stage with painted smiles on their faces but behind the curtain nothing is as it seems…

Featuring a cast of 100 young people aged 5-25, the award-winning Bristol Old Vic Young Company celebrate the Theatre’s 250th birthday in style with their own signature blend of ensemble performance, original music and choreography.

To find out more click here.


What: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2016 // Where: Ashton Court Estate // When: Thurs 11th – Sun 14th Aug // Cost: Free (carpark fee)


The 38th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will take place from 11th to 14th August 2016 offering four fantastic days of free family fun.

Event details and programme coming soon. 

Car parking can be booked now.

There are no camping facilities at the Fiesta, but nearby camping options can be viewed here

To find out more click here.

What: Mark Pawson, Instant Publication Workshop // WhereSpike Island // When: Sat 13th Aug (2-5pm) // Cost: £15/£10 concessions
imageresizerArtist Mark Pawson displays books, cards and badges made using photocopiers and rubberstamps, and demonstrates how to make several types of books. Make and take home your own small library of publications using everyday materials.

All materials provided.

Booking essential

To find out more click here.


What: Bristol Film Festival: Summer Screenings // Where: Arnolfini // When: Fri 19th – Sat 20th Aug // Cost: Various


Bristol Film Festival’s inaugural summer event is a sensory cinema experience that will bring the sights, sounds and smells of some much loved films to life.

With films for all the family, the Summer Screenings programme of interactive and immersive film screenings and talks will begin on Friday evening and run throughout the day on Saturday including a 10am showing of The Lion King to an 8.30pm over -18s presentation of This is Spinal Tap.

The first of a series of special film events being hosted by the Bristol Film Festival team throughout the year, the programme offers viewers the chance to watch a film with additional entertainment and effects, providing a more immersive experience, appealing to all senses. Every film viewing is heightened with themed décor, and real-time lighting, sound and smell effects during the movie.

Every screening is introduced by an expert – for example, Bristol Museum introduce Jurassic Park with a talk on Bristol’s very own dinosaur – and also each event has competitions and raffles to win experiential and themed prizes.

To find out more click here.

What: The Divide // Where: The Wardrobe Theatre // WhenThurs 18th Aug (7pm) // Cost: £B5 (Bristol Pounds) waged and £B3 unwaged

Join the Wardrobe Theatre for a screening of The Divide; an enlightening documentary following 7 individuals striving for a better life in the UK and USA, where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.

Inspired by the critically- acclaimed book The Spirit Level, the film examines global inequality, highlighting the toxic effects on divided communities where both the rich and the poor are struggling to live happy lives. The screening will be followed by a panel lead discussion, including Ciaran Mundy CEO of Bristol Pound and Kat Wall, campaigner for social justice and environmental sustainability. Collectively, they will be discussing positives steps we can take to tackle inequality, strengthen community bonds and prevent social division in these dark political times.

To find out more click here.


What: Bristol Beer Week 2016 // Where: Various // When: Sat 27th Aug – Fri 2nd Sep // Cost: £30
Bristol Beer Week is a collection of events showcasing everything beery that Bristol and the West Country has to offer. The fourth Bristol Beer Week will take place between 27th August and 2nd September 2016.

Bristol Beer Week started in 2013 because it was thought to be fun to have an event which promoted a brilliant city and its budding beer industry. It had to be free of ties and as nonpartisan as possible, to encourage universal involvement and a real sense of community.

During Bristol Beer Week, the Bristol Craft Beer Festival will take place at Motion on Friday 2nd September and Saturday 3rd September. It will showcase Bristol’s best breweries, alongside the finest beer that the UK, Europe and the US has to offer. Early bird tickets are available now for £30.

To find out more click here.

What: Julianna Barwick // WhereColston Hall // WhenWeds 24th Aug (8pm) // Cost: £12.90

41H8uIUIG6LJulianna Barwick is an American musician residing in Brooklyn but originally from Louisiana who states her style is due to a rural, church choir upbringing. Her sound is characterised by multiple loops and layers of her own vocal, often beginning with a single phrase which is then layered with occasional piano or percussive hits to further build the layers within the song, resorting in a euphoric smothering of lush ambient folk.

Pitchfork described settling in to Barwick’s latest album ‘Will’ “as vast as the universe”, despite the sole contents being her own vocal, a piano, a synthesizer, and a looping pedal. It’s testament to the innovation & the boundary pushing techniques that Julianna Barwick has used to make a name for herself.

This is a seated show.

To find out more click here.


What: Moonlight Movies Presents Outdoor Cinema – Fight Club // Where: Motion // When: Mon 29th Aug (7.30pm) // Cost: £8
fight-club-movie-poster-1999After the success of their first weekend of screenings Motion have extended their screenings to show some of the best classics. Come and get comfy while the sun sets over Bristol, guests are encouraged to bring blankets. There will be a BBQ and fully licensed bar at the venue.

To find out more click here.

What: Cockroached // Where: The Wardrobe Theatre // WhenTues 30th – Weds 31st Aug // Cost: £7

The world is broken. Taylor is alone. Taylor has always been alone. Taylor has always been fine with that. Until they find an orange coat, a radio and a voice on the other end. What follows is a harmful conversation between two people trying to survive mentally and physically. They find comfort in each other; but that comes at a cost. Taylor soon realises that another voice in their head is not what they wanted.

With both actors switching roles, the play takes a different shape each night. An intense drama, set in the colourful but dirty confines of Taylor’s makeshift home, the storeroom of Peek’s Party Store. Cockroached is something we hope you haven’t seen before.

To find out more click here.

Kevin McGough