Forecasters are predicting fine weather for two family-friendly events taking place at Bradley Stoke’s Jubilee Green this weekend.
The fun gets under way at 7:30pm on Friday (7th September) with FREE live music and screenings of “fun, family-friendly short films” by a solar-power outdoor cinema.
The event is being staged by the organisation behind the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, which takes place later this month in venues across Bristol’s harbourside.
The organisers are promising a special, family-friendly programme of short films and animations selected from over 1,900 submissions from all over the world. A press release states:
“This unique solar-powered cinema is brought to you by Know Alternative, a mobile solar unit with all equipment – including their electric milk float projector – powered by the sun. You are invited to bring a picnic, something to sit on, a blanket, friends and family and wrap up warm for a night of entertainment under the stars.”
The evening’s live entertainment will be provided by Ryan Hawkings, an 18-year-old singer/songwriter based in the south west of England, who looks towards names such as Newton Faulkner, Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran for his musical inspiration.
Saturday (8th September) sees The Friends of Jubilee Green staging a Family Fun Day, which promises a bouncy castle, quad bikes (weather dependent) and a comedy magician.
Stokes Cycling Club will also be at Saturday’s event, offering advice and a chance to have a go on a mini cyclo-cross track.
Also on offer will be craft activities, large outdoor toys and low cost refreshments.
The weather forecast for Bradley Stoke predicts that Saturday will be sunny with temperatures of around 22 degrees.
Liz Harkman, Managing Director of Encounters said:
“We’re excited about expanding the Solar Cinema Tour this year with the support of new partners, including a collaboration with our friends at Brisfest.”
“We’ll be showcasing outstanding short films and animations alongside some of Bristol’s upcoming musical talent, reaching out to new audiences.”
“The decision to align the tour dates with our main event, now taking place in September, will also hopefully inspire people who wouldn’t usually attend Encounters to get more involved.”
“Most of all though, it’s about creating fun, inclusive events where exceptional creative work can be enjoyed by all ages.”
Encounters Film and Animation Festival
Encounters Film and Animation Festival is the umbrella festival for Animated Encounters and Brief Encounters which together presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for new and established international short and animated film talent. The longest running competitive short film and animation festival in the UK, and one of Bristol’s leading cultural events, Encounters seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop and progress the next generation of creative talent. The 2012 festival will be held in Bristol, UK, between 18th and 23rd September. The festival is funded by Bristol City Council, Creative England and MEDIA. Encounters Festivals Ltd operates as an independent company and is a registered charity. For more details log on to: www.encounters-festival.org.uk.
Music, street art, theatre, comedy and circus
Bristol will play host to an extravaganza of music, street art, theatre, comedy and circus on September 22 and 23 on the rolling fields of the nearby Ashton Court Estate. Brisfest showcases the best of the South West from hip hop to heavy metal, folk to funk, comedy to carnival. Tickets for Brisfest are priced at £31 for a weekend ticket and are available from www.brisfest.co.uk.
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