From 12-15 February, Bristol will be flooded with art as IBT15 takes the city by storm. Presented by In Between Time, an international production company, and Arnolfini, a Bristol-based contemporary art centre, IBT15 is a multi-dimensional experience, comprised of art, performance pieces, theatrical productions, live music, talks and discussions, and dance. Thematically titled ‘Enter the Storm’, this is the festival’s sixth biennial and its first year as Bristol International Festival.
Spanning venues across Bristol, there will be no shortage of excitement at IBT15. While each day will be filled with festivities, there are three highlights that have particularly sparked our interest.
Making its UK debut, Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge is sure to steal much of IBT15’s thunder. Shrouding Bristol’s Pero Bridge in a blanket of mist, this interactive installation will “celebrate Bristol’s status as European Green Capital” and will be accompanied by a talk featuring the artist and curator Anne-Marie Duguet on 13 Friday at 1 pm. Don’t miss this walk in the clouds!
As a special treat for IBT15, the mysterious Tyntesfield mansion will be transformed into a stunning concert hall as musician Patrick Wolf presents ‘Night Songs’. Featuring various performance artists and an undeniably unique venue, ‘Night Songs’ will run 14 and 15 February at 8:30. Tickets are selling fast!
On 14 February, essayists Lois Keidan and Alice Maude-Roxby will host a book launch subsequent informal discussion about Double Exposures, a collaborative project created by Manuel Vason and forty of the UK’s most captivating performance artists. This event begins at 6 pm at Arnolfini and admission is free!
Rain or shine, IBT15 kicks off 12 Feburary at 6 pm at Arnolfini. Check out the official website for a complete guide to the festivities!