The Bearpit roundabout in Bristol town centre has a reputation for being a crime black spot. Our plans will see it transformed into a lively arts space - turning this no-go-area into a hive of arts and entertainment where passers by can stop and enjoy themselves. An impressive stage, together with an Eden Project-style domed canopy, will provide a platform for Bristol’s undiscovered talent to transform the Bearpit into a ‘magic roundabout’.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Bristol, even though it is known as a creative and lively city, is short of buskers due to strict regulations. This stage will offer the many fantastic musicians in Bristol somewhere to perform free of restriction, creating a more friendly atmosphere in the space. The stage can also be geared up for larger events so it can be used for one of Bristol's many city festivals, or to give local performance groups somewhere interesting - and free - to perform. The beauty of this idea is that it needs minimal supervision once finished - no one has to allow access to equipment - so it can truly belong to the community.
Steps to get it done:
So we need your help. This stage will create a fantastic venue, not just for Bristol-based performers but touring artists as well. It will play host to everything from circus acts to performance art and music. Most importantly, Bristol will pave the way for community-led, free entertainment spaces across the country.
Check out our blog for updates : http://themagicroundaboutbristol.tumblr.com/
About the space
St James Barton Roundabout, Bristol
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