Arts cuts: could Coexist offer a new way?

With arts funding facing cuts, could co-operative arts management company Coexist provide the answer to a self-funded enterprise model? Bristol City Councils’s budget cuts, announced last week, are a further blow to arts groups in the city, so commercialising the arts might provide an alternative option where public funding is scarce. Coexist, the co-operative management company in […]

Empowering women: “The best change comes from grassroots”

In light of the Women’s march in Bristol, aimed at U.S President Donald Trump, the newly formed Female Empowerment Network (FEN) held their first event on Wednesday 22nd February. FEN was set up as a progression after the march organised by Carly Lightbrown who envisages FEN as ‘the city’s feminist superheroes’ getting concrete work done. Six […]

Petition to save Jubilee Swimming Pool reaches over a thousand signatures

A petition to save one of South Bristol’s most popular swimming pools has reached over a thousand signatures in less than three weeks.  Local residents launched the ‘Save the Jubilee Pool from Closure’ campaign after Bristol City Council threatened to stop its funding. The signatures were gathered both online and inside the building, at the pools’ reception. The […]

The protest for the ‘unseen homeless’ of Bristol

Women’s’ rights activists disrupt a Bristol City Council meeting in protest of the council’s proposal to rehouse domestic violence survivors and demand an increase in social housing across the city. The Bristol branch of Sisters Uncut attended a full council meeting on 13 December 2016 and released a banner whilst shouting and setting off rape alarms. […]

EXCLUSIVE: Is Colston Hall about to change its name?

The controversy surrounding Colston Hall is nothing new.  But now that official discussions surrounding its name are scheduled to take place, the debate is heating up again. Built on the site of a sugar refinery in Bristol city centre, the venue has divided the population for years. For example, Massive Attack have been public in their opposition to […]

Have local politics in Bristol moved online?

Bristol City Council figures show that citizens are now engaging with issues online, after just 111 people attended the busiest of four public meetings on historic cuts. Figures released to Wired show the extent to which the city’s 316,765 voters are now turning away from conventional engagement with politics, with only 0.035% attending public meetings […]

Commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day in Bristol

In her own words, Holocaust Memorial Day has “particular resonance” for Bristol resident Marian Liebmann. “My parents were Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, and most of their relations died in the Holocaust,” she says. Marian’s parents fled Germany just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Their experiences had a lasting impact on her, […]

All three of Bristol’s Labour MPs back Brexit amendment

All three of the city’s Labour MPs joined Conservative Bristol North MP Charlotte Leslie and 457 others in Wednesday’s Westminster vote.  Labour MPs Karin Smyth (Bristol South), Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) and Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West) effectively accepted the government’s proposed Brexit timetable, which means triggering Article 50 by March 2017. ‘I’ll vote against plan […]

EXCLUSIVE: 12,000 Bristol women miss crucial breast cancer screening

Thousands of women in Bristol and the surrounding area have missed their breast cancer screenings at the Bristol Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital. According to Nicky Bright, the Superintendent Radiographer, only 48,000 out of the 60,000 women invited to breast screenings annually at the Centre actually attended. Of the 48,000 women who attended their […]

Bristol schools praised by Ofsted for ‘significant improvements’

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Sir Michael Wilshaw, yesterday gave praise to Bristol’s secondary schools for their improvement. Ofsted has published the fifth annual report acknowledging the improvement in education since his appointment as Chief of Ofsted in 2010. Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech highlighted, “Bristol and numerous other areas that have seen significant improvements in […]