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Jonny Fluffy Punk
Jul
22
4:30 PM16:30

Jonny Fluffy Punk

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An economic refugee from the London hinterland, Jonny speaks words aloud, fusing bittersweet autobiography, disillusionment and wonder in an act which has established him as a firm favourite at gigs, festivals, arts centres and housing benefit offices up and down the country.

A practitioner of lo-fi rough art, he has written two books -‘The Sustainable Nihilists' Handbook’ and 'Poundland Rimbaud'- both published by Burning Eye, and both stuffed with poems, micro-fictions and threadbare philosophy.

Jonny's solo no-fi stand-up spoken word theatre show 'Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk- One
Man's Struggle with Late-Onset Responsibility' spent 2015/16 touring around theatres, garden sheds, summer houses, empty shops and Britain's other ad-hoc performance spaces in a blatant championing of homespun DIY culture. A new show, ‘How I Came To Be Where I Never Was,’ is currently doing the same.

Jonny lives in Stroud, loves trains and jams econo.

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Saili Katebe
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Saili Katebe

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Saili Katebe is a Chippenham based poet, writer and spoken word artist.

Often writing under the pen name "The Blissful Nomad" he has given voice to his written work and found a home in the Bath and Bristol Poetry scene.

Going from strength to strength since his joint victory at Milk Poetry's All Star slam earlier this year, he has taken his love for words, rhythm and story telling to make room for wider conversations.

*Part of SouthWest Showcase

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Miles Chambers
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Miles Chambers

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An acclaimed, passionate spoken word poet, Miles Chambers was named Bristol’s 1st City Poet laureate by the current Mayor Marvin Rees.

He’s been presenting his own show (Lyrical Minded) at Ujima Radio 98fm. He has a BA Hons in  Graphic Design and an MA in visual Cultural.

His work reflects about where he’s at, never quite losing sight of where he’s from. He has claimed that Bristol is “full of paradoxes.” He recently fronted a youtube video campaign for Bristol Energy which attracted almost 15,000 hits and has presented a BBC History programme, as part of the BBC Civilisation series, with more TV work on the horizon.

*Part of SouthWest Showcase

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Samantha Boare
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Samantha Boare

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Samantha Boare writes about what it is to become a ‘real grown-up woman’ in the twenty-first century. Each poem is a reckless navigation through the obstacle course of a modern twenty-something female with hurdles including dating, cancelling plans and the vagina’s varying pH levels.

A mix of sex and social inabilities, she's “The hottest thing to come out of Newton Abbot since the A380.” 

*Part of SouthWest Showcase

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Bath Spa Poets (The Next Generation): Sophie Toumbas
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Bath Spa Poets (The Next Generation): Sophie Toumbas

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Sophie Toumbas is an up-and-coming poet in the Bath and Bristol area, performing regularly at multiple open mic nights..

Sophie likes to write about personal experiences, drawing on what she’s learnt as she ventures into adult-hood. Humour features in pieces when she’s not taking herself too seriously, making her work relatable to her poetry peers and audiences alike.

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The Original Spinners
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

The Original Spinners

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The Original Spinners, who combine music, movement and clowning for your entertainment, will be spreading their wings and flocking to the Harbour Festival site.

Look out for these mischievous birds playing around on Sunday afternoon and join them for a dance or two as part of their playful interactive performances.

Note - performances at 3-3.30pm and 4-4.30pm

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Bath Spa Poets (The Next Generation): Kai Sands Sallows
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Bath Spa Poets (The Next Generation): Kai Sands Sallows

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Kai is a poet who makes use of fast-paced rhythms to present their unique view as a Non-Binary young person.

Their style mixes comedy, honest story-telling and more metaphors that one really knows what to do with. With poems that circle everything from "self-love" and positivity to their love of Smash Mouth's 'All Star', nothing is off limits for this bite-sized artist.

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Desperate Men balloon toss
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Desperate Men balloon toss

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Cirque Bijou invite the audience to join in with a mass participation game in the Circus Playground.

Every year, we invite everyone to compete in the eagerly anticipated, much hyped, over competitive Water Balloon Tossing Championships. The Desperate Men hand out water filled balloons, encouragement, tossing techniques, and…eventually…top prizes…

Bristol’s Desperate Men have been inviting people to play for over 30 years, creating, performing and producing ground-breaking outdoor theatre in the UK and internationally.

Photograph: Martins Kikulis

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Beneath Our Feet - Redcliffe Caves
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

Beneath Our Feet - Redcliffe Caves

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"Come, take care, leave your fear up there..."

Take a step away from the Harbour Festival crowds and enjoy a very special performance in Redcliffe Caves

For tens of thousands of years, people have ventured underground to experience something out of the ordinary, to hide, escape and create.

Join performer Katie Green as she gathers together willing audiences for an extraordinary expedition into one of Bristol's hidden and normally closed spaces.

Created in collaboration with archaeologists, geologists, historians, cavers and former miners, Beneath Our Feet is a promenade performance using dance and live music to tell the story of the underground.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Beneath Our Feet will run for approximately 50 minutes and is for those aged seven and above.

There will be performances at 3pm, 4.15pm and 6pm on both days of the Harbour Festival.

You can book tickets for Beneath Our Feet here.

Photographs: Owen Benson

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Avital & Jochen
Jul
22
2:45 PM14:45

Avital & Jochen

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ote - performances at 2.45pm and 4.55pm

Avital & Jochen met in Bristol whilst studying aerial arts with Mike Wright. Since 2010 they have travelled the world, performing at internationally renowned festivals such as Cirque De Demain in Paris where they won a silver medal in 2014. Cirque Bijou are delighted to invite them back to headline the circus stage in 2018.

Avital and Jochen’s bond and joy of performing make the couple a unique and exciting pair to watch. After so many years away they are excited to be back where it all started. They are performing a beautiful and heart-stopping doubles swinging trapeze performance at 4.55pm.

Avital performed straps in public for the first time ever over 10 years ago with us at Bristol Harbour Festival aided by a development award from Cirque Bijou. More than a thousand shows later she's back, mesmerising to watch, with a piece full of raw performance that has touched and inspired audiences all over the world.

Photograph: Laurent Bugnet

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King Edmunds Acrobatic Club
Jul
22
2:30 PM14:30

King Edmunds Acrobatic Club

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Prepare to be amazed by the inspiring display of power, strength, co-ordination and team work from Yate-based King Edmunds Acrobatic Club.

They'll be bringing a large team of outstanding, national level gymnasts aged 11-19, including World medal and European medal British Champions, to this year's Harbour Festival to perform on Cirque Bijou’s circus stage in Queen Square.

.You might recognise some of these stars from popular CBBC series Gym Stars, as King Edmunds featured in many of the episodes.

Note - performances at 2.30pm and 4.40pm

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Helena Humm
Jul
22
2:20 PM14:20

Helena Humm

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Circomedia graduate Helena is already wowing audiences with her fluid and accomplished static trapeze act. Under the title ‘Between the Three of Us’, it explores her relationship with her two hands as they support her on the trapeze.

Note - performances at 2.20pm and 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, on Cirque Bijou’s circus stage in Queen Square.

Photo: Andre Pattenden

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The Poetry Machine
Jul
22
2:15 PM14:15

The Poetry Machine

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Tap, clatter, ping! Follow the patter of typewriter keys to discover Poetry Machine, creator of live poetry for all grown-ups and youngsters alike. 

Give Poetry Machine a word and receive a free poem, created before your very eyes in just a few minutes.

Beth Calverley from Poetry Machine will read it aloud and give you the typewritten poem to take home - a beautiful memento of your visit to the Bristol Harbour Festival.

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Circomedia Circus Workshops
Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

Circomedia Circus Workshops

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There are so many things to see and do in the Circus Playground in Queen Square, but you surely won’t want to miss the chance to have a go at some circus skills yourself!

See if you have what it takes and have a go in Circomedia’s circus taster workshops – led by tutors and students of Bristol’s centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre.

Workshops at 2.00pm and 4.00pm, Saturday and 2.00pm and 3.30pm Sunday.

Photo: Andre Pattenden

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Many Minds
Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

Many Minds

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See a different side to our city in this poignant, rebellious performance where you will get to walk on the wild side. The performance has been created by Many Minds members who are managing their mental health.

Please note: Performances at 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm

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Jon Udry
Jul
22
1:55 PM13:55

Jon Udry

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There are jugglers. There are comedians. And there is Jon Udry. A combination of ridiculously good skills and silly behaviour come together in his charming and offbeat performances which have earned this Bristol favourite plenty of plaudits.

He was named British Young Juggler of the Year and has not only featured on TV and radio in the UK but has performed all over the world. Believe us when we say his unique fusion of juggling and stand-up comedy will have you on the edge of your seat AND rolling in the aisles.

Performances at 1.55 and 4.00pm, Sunday only, on Cirque Bijou’s circus stage in Queen Square.

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Amelia Cavallo - music
Jul
22
1:40 PM13:40

Amelia Cavallo - music

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Note - performances at 1.40pm and 3.50pm on Saturday and Sunday on Cirque Bijou’s circus stage in Queen Square.

Amelia Cavallo is an American born, blind performer who first came to the UK to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Working across multiple performance disciplines including acting, music, circus and dance, she performed in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony, has toured solo outdoor shows, and is currently touring with Cirque Bijou’s project ‘Extraordinary Bodies’ in partnership with Diverse City, the UK’s leading integrated circus company. She is performing her own music at this year’s Harbour Festival.

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Alula Cyr
Jul
22
1:30 PM13:30

Alula Cyr

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Roll up, roll up and enjoy some exciting contemporary circus from this all female company who are currently touring with their show HYENA.

Cirque Bijou present Alula Cyr’s duo cyr wheel performance, taken from their current show, at 1.30pm.

At 3.40pm they perform a solo piece demonstrating their obsession with cyr wheel and their passion to perform material with a message. Expect strength, grace, beautiful movement and breathtaking balance in these exciting new performances on the circus stage.

Note - performances at 1.30pm and 3.40pm

Photo: Mark Dawson photography

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Vanessa Kisuule
Jul
22
1:30 PM13:30

Vanessa Kisuule

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Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag based in Bristol.
She has won over ten slam titles including The Roundhouse Slam 2014, Hammer and Tongue National Slam 2014 and the Nuoryican Poetry Slam. She has been featured on BBC iPlayer, Radio 1, and Radio 4's Woman's Hour, The Guardian, Blue Peter, Sky TV, Don't Flop and TEDx.

As if all that wasn't enough, she is currently the Bristol City Poet for 2018 - 2020.

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Circomedia Circus Showcase
Jul
22
12:40 PM12:40

Circomedia Circus Showcase

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Bristol is a city rich with circus skills, and it's highly appropriate that Circomedia will be joining Cirque Bijou in celebrating 250 years of circus in Bristol by presenting the next generations of performers.

Join them as they showcase talent from their youth circus, evening class programme and their full time courses. Come and be astounded and entertained as they present what circus in the next 250 years might look like!

Photo credit: Cynthia Price

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Hope & Anchor - As The Crow Flies
Jul
22
12:30 PM12:30

Hope & Anchor - As The Crow Flies

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Enter a world which is truly magical, with this truly unique moving panorama machine, telling tales of maritime wonder and brought to you by Bristol-based artists Hope & Anchor

As The Crow Flies, and a special drawing workshop, will take place at the studio at MShed Museum on Bristol's Harbourside.

The Saturday workshop will take place at 12.30 and performances of As the Crow Flies will be at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

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Imogen Downes
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Imogen Downes

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 Imogen is a 19 year old writer, theatre maker, and performer. Pink haired, energetic, and brimming with powerful words, she writes from a place of hope, passion, and a desire to capture what it means to be human in a world of relentless complexity.

*Part of SouthWest Showcase

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Robert Garnham
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Robert Garnham

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Professor of whimsy, consumer of biscuits, our headliner has done his business all over the place.

Three time longlisted spoken word artist of the year, and author of two collections, he's currently working on his new one hour show, In the Glare of the Neon Yak.

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Aargh!
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Aargh!

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Avaste ye landlubbers! Come join our two salty buccaneers searching for treasure and adventures on the high seas. Meet a pair of pirates sailing atop incredibly detailed, miniature galleons that glide majestically across the land, as if by magic!

Crew members will be recruited! Treasure maps will be deciphered! Ships will be boarded! Booty will be found! Aargh!

Keep an eye out for the pirates from noon to 12.30pm, 2pm-2.30m and 4pm-4.30pm

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Shagufta Iqbal
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Shagufta Iqbal

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An award-winning artist and poet, Shagufta is described by gal-dem as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’

Her poetry collection ‘Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam’ pblished with Burning Eye Books, has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla (editor of the 2016 best-selling ‘The Good Immigrant’) as ‘a social political masterclass in its exploration of cities, cultures, race, food and family’. 

She is the founder of The Yoniverse,a poetry collective that amplifies the voice of South Asian female spoken word poets.

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Loz Because and Marky Jay
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Loz Because and Marky Jay

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Loz Because and Marky Jay host Cirque Bijou’s circus stage for the weekend, where the programme of circus, street theatre and variety performance runs from midday to 5pm both days.

Made up of 90% Bristol artists, it offers a showcase of all that is hip, hop and happening in the UK’s first City of Circus in 2018, the 250th anniversary of circus in Britain. From swinging trapeze to juggling to acrobatics, the circus stage has it all.

Cirque Bijou's hosts for the weekend, Loz and Marky, are known for their quick wit and a bubbling repartee. In between introducing the amazing stage performances they’ll dazzle the crowds with their physical skill, their juggling, hula hoop and diablo skills.

Loz is a uniquely physical, brilliant hulahoopist and Marky is one of the UK’s top comedy jugglers - together they are sparklingly funny comperes – so you are in for a treat.

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Craft-D
Jul
21
3:30 PM15:30

Craft-D

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Craft-D is a spoken word poet, writer, musician, rapper and battle MC from London, and current Resident Artist at iconic venue Roundhouse.

His spoken word and rap performances aim to bridge the gap between forms associated with traditional poetry and contemporary hip-hop, using experimental rhyme schemes, structures and metaphors, often challenging societal stereotypes and stigmas around issues such as anxiety, mental health, masculinity and structural inequality.

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Zohab Zee Khan
Jul
21
3:30 PM15:30

Zohab Zee Khan

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Since 2006, Zohab has been building a formidable career in spoken word poetry, culminating in taking the title of the Australian Poetry Slam Champion in 2014.

As a poet, motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, and hip-hop artist, Zohab has performed and conducted workshops at venues and festivals in over 20 countries

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