Season

The Rooms - A Playground for New Ideas

Please note: this season finished in Nov 2015
The Rooms - A Playground for New Ideas

From a playground filled with battling robots and fabulous beasts, to an interactive light garden, haunted study and enchanted library. Get lost in a bio-activated maze, dance with Elvis and reimagine our digital future.

THE ROOMS is a series of interactive installations that present 53 inventions designed to change and brighten your world. Drop in with family and friends on either Fri 6 Nov (from 16:00) or Sat 7 Nov (10:00 - 18:00) to explore THE ROOMS in the old Firestation, Magistrates Courts and Police Station in Bristol City Centre. Alongside a whole series of free interactive installations for you to explore we are also hosting an exciting schedule of talks, workshops, a film screening and of course a house party.

THE ROOMS is brought to you by REACT, the creative economy hub for the South West and Wales. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, REACT has invested in collaboration, cultural experimentation and creative innovation between University researchers and creative businesses, supporting them to make new kinds of digital products and experience. Now, with a portfolio of 53 projects, it's time to celebrate all of this brilliant work and look to the future. THE ROOMS is free to attend.

How to find THE ROOMS

We’re making The Rooms across a collection of buildings that used to be the old Bridewell Police Station, Firestation, CID buildings and Magistrates Courts in the heart of Bristol’s city centre. This is the first time that the whole site is being used together for one event, so it should be a really special experience.

The Rooms, Garden Gates on Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

REACT is a collaboration between the University of the West of England, Watershed, and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, and is one of Four UK Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Previous screenings & events in this Season

Come along on Saturday to experience The Rooms, take part in workshops and eat in the amazing Kitchen. Workshops will be running throughout the day led by some of the most thoughtful makers and creative visionaries from the South West and Beyond. Everything is completely free and open to all.

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REACT and AHRC present a day of FREE series of talks and panel sessions discussing the method behind the work presented at the Rooms, and the other UK Creative Economy Hubs.

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