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The Floating Cinema docks in Bristol

By pamela parkes, Monday Jul 6, 2015

After an epic six week journey from London’s East End The Floating Cinema has docked in Bristol’s floating harbour.

In its first outing from the capital, the cinema has chugged along the Kennet and Avon canal hosting screenings and arts events along the way. The barge arrived in Bristol on Monday morning and is moored outside the Arnolfini.

Follow its journey as it makes its way through Bristol’s waterways.

Tour manager Hannah Nicholls said: “It’s very exciting to be here. We have all sorts planed for our week in Bristol – art talks, open air films and workshops – they are all free but need to be booked.”


The Floating Cinema Crew (L to R): Tour manager Hannah Nicholls, skipper Gerry Jones, venue manager Simon Cummings, promotion manager Jenny Tyler and project curator Laura Harford

“We’ve done a lot of events in London but we wanted to get the word out there about our eclectic mix of cinema and events.

“It seems everyone loves events on boats it seems and it’s great to join Bristol’s boating community for a short time,” she added.

The Bristol Programme

Thanks to funding from the BFI, Arts Council England and the Canal and River Trust, many of the Floating Cinema’s events are free of charge. But as these are likely to be heavily over-subscribed, you’re advised to book tickets well in advance. You can find the full programme and booking details here. Here are a handful of highlights:

Make Yourself at Home: Bristol’s Archives Revealed

Wednesday, July 8

Bristol’s history on film, plus speakers.

Somewhere on the Ballast Seed Garden

Thursday, July 9

Two artist-guided tours to the Arnolfini’s ballast seed garden with related short films screened on board.

Tour Screenings of The Film That Buys the Cinema

Friday, July 10

The Cube’s unique fund-raising film screened on a journey through Bristol.

Swansong At Sunset

Saturday, July 11

Open air screenings, including Penny Woolcock’s documentary From the Sea to the Land Beyond, exploring a century of life on Britain’s coastline.

Read more about the The Floating Cinema

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