With the start of a brand spankin’ new year it can often feel like there are things coming up left, right and centre and can be hard to figure out what to roll to. So, how can we help? We’re spotlighting our top five events this February where you can find us getting up to brilliant Saffron antics with our partners.
Women in Music: Inspire, 6 Music Fringe Event – 13th February, 1-5pm, St George’s (FREE)
For those who have been Bristol-bound the last few months we would be surprised if you managed to carry on your life unaware that BBC 6 Music Festival is coming to our beloved Bristol. Whether you have been able to cop a ticket to one of the biggest Bristol events of the year or not, as part of the BBC 6 Music Festival there will also be an exciting range of Fringe events taking place across the whole city. If you’re only going to attend one Fringe event St George’s Bristol and Bristol Women in Music have combined forces for Women in Music: Inspire and this isn’t one to miss.
The free afternoon of guest speakers and industry networking consists of inspiring stories from key female figures within the music industry as well as offering guidance for the next generation of empowered gamechangers. Our Creative Director Laura will also be speaking at Women in Music: Inspire among other inspirational figures, such as Lady Nade to Eva Green from Black Acre Records and many others. It’s a flexible event and delegates are free to attend all or part of the afternoon.
Take Note, 6 Music Fringe Event – 8-11th February, 10am-5pm, Trinity Centre (FREE – requires booking)
In the lead up to the BBC 6 Music Festival a series of exclusive masterclasses and workshops for young musicians comes to Trinity Centre! In partnership Bristol Plays Music and Trinity Centre are delivering a Fringe project providing aspiring artists with professional advice to develop their music skills from industry specialists. Hosted by BBC Introducing’s Sam Bonham, learn from Portishead’s Jim Barr about the ins and outs of production and Sian Evan sharing the ones and twos about songwriting and collaboration. Spaces are free but limited, register via here.
Step into Nocturnal‘s makeshift home to celebrate the new website launch and a brand new bangin’ issue release. As a youth-led interactive magazine and showcase platform with an authentic voice for young Creatives to contribute work to showcase their obsessions and express themselves, Nocturnal use the Arts as a medium to discuss social and cultural issues. From live performances, spoken word, a fashion show and DJ sets, don’t miss out on a night showcasing the best of upcoming talent.
As part of our partnership we have released an exclusive Saffron Records x Nocturnal -25% off ticket discount to the event for Saffron subscribers – get on it! With a new exclusive Nocturnal x That Thing x Fawohodie competition released and the recent location announcement, make sure to get in the know.
In the Absence of Ruins There Will be Innovation (//A/RTW/I) – 21st February 2–5pm, Arnolfini (£6)
Join a unique performance event exploring absent archives, unseen material and distant voices. Through the mediums of poetry, dance and spoken word, talented local performers and artists gather to give voice to personal reflections and provocative politics. Featuring Solomon O.B, Moussa Kouyate, Cleo Lake, Akulah Agbami, Edson Burton, Dionne Draper, Ralphe Hoyte and Valda Jackson, there is an array of local talent to provide abundant amounts of food for thought.
Whilst there is plenty going on, it’s important to have time to reflect and ponder. In the absence of ruins… will also include the Speakeasy corner: an opportunity for others to perform, speak, sing or hold court during performance intervals. So not only are you the audience, but the audience can also become the performer.
The Link, Rife Magazine – 24th February 6–8pm, Watershed (FREE – RSVP)
Bristol is full of creative young people who are pioneers of their chosen industries, but it’s often difficult for us to find one another. There’s a spoken word performance on every night, exhibitions opening all the time, and magazines popping up everywhere – and loads of these are being run by young people.
Rife Magazine have produced The Link, an informal space for young creatives to widen their creative networks – from the ones just starting out, to those at the top of their game and everyone in between. Don’t miss out on a night of potential collaboration and career development opportunities!
Now our #SaffronSigns campaign has came to an end and we have signed three amazing artists to our progressive label you can listen out for their names very soon! Our incredible mentors, from Patrons and artists such as Eva Lazarus, Tanya Lacey, Shanti Celeste and Beth Rowley, to industry professionals Jenna Knight and Jess Niell, we will be working with our new artists to best nurture and bring out the very best in them. With upcoming Saffron Sessions, to live performances and EP releases, make sure to stay tuned for the exclusive release of our signed artists!