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Ocean-themed festival will make a splash in Bristol this October

19 September 2017 | Wildscreen | Festival
  • Wildscreen’s Witness the Wild festival will submerge Bristol in all things marine to raise awareness about ocean conservation between the 30 September – 26 October
  • City-wide festival, from BS1 to BS11 includes 15 FREE film screenings, street art, photography trail, pop-up restaurant and kid’s yoga.

This autumn, Bristol-based wildlife conservation charity Wildscreen will submerge Bristol in all things ocean through series of exciting events, incorporating film, photography and art, to create a love for the ocean within the city, highlight the issues facing it and start a wave of change.

This will be the second year in a row that Wildscreen will deliver a public festival celebrating the natural world across the city. Witness the Wild will kick off at the Bearpit on Saturday 30 September and will see artists, filmmakers, photographers and conservationists come together to share the wonders of the ocean with communities from BS1 to BS11 through a diverse events programme.

Wildscreen’s Hannah Mulvany, says: “We hope Witness the Wild makes a big splash in raising awareness for our oceans and the amazing species that call it home this October. We’re working with lots of different people across the city to bring the festival to life and pull together a really eclectic programme of events.

Half of every breath we take comes from the ocean, yet humans are having detrimental impacts on it, from overfishing to plastic pollution, but we can all take little actions to help protect one of our most precious resources.  We hope Witness the Wild will make people fall in love with our ocean and feel empowered to do their bit to help protect it, and us.”

The event has been made possible through donations from Wildscreen’s supporters pledged as part of a fundraising campaign the charity launched as part of the Bristol Green Partnership Better Bristol crowd-funding project back in June.

Key events include:

  • Bearpit event: From 30 September – 1 October four Bristol-based street artists, EPOK, Sled One, Meghan O’Malley and Sophie-Rae will transform the Bearpit (St James Barton Roundabout) into a marine sanctuary with huge ocean-themed murals. A bicycle-powered cinema will screen some of the world’s best ocean films, including the original Blue Planet and A Plastic Ocean. Across the weekend, LitterARTI will create a giant sculpture made from litter, ocean conservation organisations will host workshops and activities and there will be food and drinks stalls on site.
  • BS5 photography trail: a 100% upcycled and recyclable photography exhibition, will form a trail throughout BS5 (Easton, Redfield, St George, Whitehall) featuring the work of some of the world’s top ocean photographers.
  • Film screenings: there will be pop-up screenings of the very best ocean films across the city in weird and wonderful locations, including breweries, stately homes, recording studios and forests, all completely free to attend. Films include Chasing Coral and The Cove.
  • Sea-stainable Supper: Wildscreen have teamed up with Bristol’s Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton to create a pop-up evening dining experience exploring what our plates might look like in the future. The event takes place at Yurt Lush on 6 October, tickets are £60.
  • Kid’s underwater yoga: Join Wild Wolf’s Yoga for a marine-themed yoga session for kids followed by a film screening & snacks on 20 September. Tickets are £10.
  • Ocean quiz: the Love Inn is hosting an ocean-themed pub quiz, ‘Who Wants to be a Krillionaire?’ Test the depths of your ocean knowledge and be in with a chance of winning some turtle-y amazing prizes. Entry is £1 per person.

The full line-up of events can be found at: http://www.wildscreen.org/witness-the-wild/

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