Strong case to be Capital of Culture

July 04 2016

Summer is here and there is no where i’d rather be than spending it right here in Bristol

Summer is here and there is no where i’d rather be than spending it right here in Bristol.  Our city is full of life at the best of times but it is at this time of year when the streets become alive with sound, music and colour.

 Whether you’re soaking up the suns in Victoria Park, enjoying the shade in St Andrew’s or having a wander around the Blaise Castle estate, there are lots ways to make the most of the warmer temperatures without breaking the bank.

Alongside the great green spaces that we have in the city we also have some of the best local urban festivals in the country. 

 First up, we have the fantastic Bristol Pride festival. Now in its sixth consecutive year, people travel from across the country travel to join in this celebration of love and pride in the LGBT community.  After the horrific recent events in Orlando, let’s show the world that hate and bigotry will never win.

 Following Pride we have the ever popular Bristol Harbour Festival, the world famous international balloon fiesta and possibly Bristol’s biggest ever sporting event as the Tour of Britain spends a full day in the heart of our city in September.

 All of these will be open for Bristolians around the city to get involved in, mostly for free.

 When you put this alongside our challenging art galleries and museums, vibrant art scene and busy night life this all makes a strong case for Bristol to be a future European Capital of Culture.

 I want every part of Bristol to feel the benefit if we’re successful in a bid. It can showcase the diverse and exciting place that I know Bristol to be, whilst  also demonstrating what culture can really mean to all of our city and its communities.

 I want this bid to be about preserving and developing the cultural heritage of our city, including the whole city in telling a true and credible story about all we have to offer.

 I know from many early conversations that there’s real support for Bristol as a future European Capital of Culture.  Together we can make it happen and make it truly matter.