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See No Evil

See No Evil was the title of this year’s Street Art festival in Bristol.

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Part of the results of Bristol Graffiti Festival

Over the summer Bristol held an international street art festival. The results are still very much on display and have transformed one of the ‘transition’ areas of the city centre. Bridewell Street, Quay Street and Nelson Street lie in between Broadmead and The Centre areas. These streets were pretty much razed to the ground by WWII bombing and replaced with 1960s brutalist architecture. It’s a seedy, uneasy kind of place – ideal for a spot of transformation. In the city which gave us Banksy*, it’s appropriate to showcase other internationally acclaimed street artists in style.

I spent a happy hour photographing the art and the people passing by last Friday. It was a typically dull November day, so camera shutter speeds were slow. However, the blurred people in my photographs seemed to emphasise the uneasy, transitional feel this area of Bristol has.

Tats Cru hail from New York.

I’ve shown examples of Street Art from Bristol before – have a look at the Graffiti label if you’d like to see them. Expect plenty more jaw dropping images and some surprise discoveries to come 🙂

And if anyone knows what was being filmed at the old police station last week, I’d love to know.

* = ironically since this festival, one of Banksy’s originals on Park Row (the aiming rifleman with the boy behind him ready to burst a paper bag – the link takes you through to my other blog where it’s the 2nd photo down) has been pretty much obliterated (this link shows it today with an interesting comment on the situation). I wonder how long these will last?

Dragon Boat

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Chippenham had its first ever River Festival at the weekend. On Saturday there was dragon boat racing. About 8 local teams took part, two at at a time and over 3 rounds. There was raft racing and a Viking fire boat on Sunday.

There were various watery related stalls, plus The Black Farmer sausages to try. The Black Farmer – I’ve forgotten his name – is standing to be Chippenham’s MP at the next general election when Chippenham will have its own MP – instead of being lumped in with the rest of North Wiltshire – for the first time since the Rotten Borough constituencies were removed from parliament.

I really wanted this festival to work as it’s about improving the river and life in Chippenham. There was something of interest on some of the stalls, especially the one showing the history of the river in Chippenham. However, the space in Monkton Park hadn’t been used that well and everything was too spread out. There didn’t seem to be that many people there on Saturday either – the Bank Holiday effect?

I hope they were successful enough to have another one next year and can learn some lessons to make improvements for next time.