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Fabric Africa

Fabric Africa is a stunning snapshot of the diversity of modern and historic textiles from across the continent of Africa. The selection of textiles and clothing dates from the late 1800s to the present day and come from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya , South Africa, Sudan, Mali and Swaziland amongst others.

30 June
19 May

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 at M Shed

The acclaimed wildlife photography exhibition from the Natural History Museum is back at M Shed with 100 stunning imgaes. From breathtaking animal portraits and dramatic landscapes, to bizarre species and endangered habitats, this exhibition showcases the most arresting and spectacular images of our natural world.

20 October
24 February

The Festival of Light at Longleat

After another record-breaking Christmas, the UK's first and finest festive outdoor light festival returns. Hundreds of illuminated characters and scenes will once again be transforming the estate into a winter wonderland with a brand new theme for 2018

09 November
01 January

Slapstick Festival 2019

Celebrating its 15th year, Bristol's annual Slapstick Festival offers a chance to see some truly essentail comedies from cinema's silent era selected from archives across the world and accompanied by world class muscians.

16 January
20 January

Mai-Thu Perret The Blazing World at Spike Island

The Blazing World, Perret's first major solo exhibition in the UK, explores the subject of witchcraft and the relationship between women's oppression and the emergence of capitalism. In her immersive installation at Spike Island, a theatrical stage recalls sacred forms of architecture and is punctuated with ritualistic sculptuires, puppets and textiles.

19 January
24 March

Leonardo da Vinci: A life in Drawing

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death,  twelve of his finest drawings will be displayed as part of #Leonardo500 - a national celebration of one of history's greatest geniuses. The drawings are from the Royal Collection which contains the world's finest collection of Leonardo's works.

02 February
06 May

Slapstick Festival: Silent Comedy Gala

Step inside the iconic Bristol Hippodrome for a mesmerising evening of live music to film in an event showcasing your all-time favourite comedy stars. This spectacular classic silent comedy gala is perfect for film and comedy fans of all ages.

10 February
28 February

Annie at Bristol Hippodrome

The smash-hot production of Annie comes to the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre for one week only directly from London's West End. With its Tony award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs, you can bet your bottom dollar that you'll love it!

19 March
23 March