This summer, Bristol residents and visitors will be able to spark up conversations with the city, using any mobile phone (no smart phone required). As the first commission of Bristol’s Playable City Award produced by Watershed, Hello Lamp Post invites you to try a new way of communicating through lamp posts, post boxes and other familiar street furniture, by texting the unique codes found on each object.
Calling all Francophiles! Get your fix of all things French at Watershed this month. Two things the French are absolutely brilliant at are making films and cooking food. Get in the mood for our French films coming soon by tasting some tempting French menu classics in the Café/Bar. To ease you in, if you order two French specials as main meals you can enjoy £5.00 off a bottle of French house wine or even a bottle of Champagne!
Our favourite Austrian provocateur (and there's a couple of them) Ulrich Seidl could be described, as Time Out recently stated, as 'the kind of cinematic misanthrope who makes Lars Von Trier seem like Pollyanna'. Even Werner Herzog has said 'never before in cinema have I been able to look straight into hell'.
They are both pretty accurate descriptions - and while his work may be unflinching at times it is always completely, utterly compelling. Seidl shows the hells that all human beings create for themselves as well as profound humanity.
Bristol Proms at Bristol Old Vic
Mon 29 July - Sat 3 Aug
Digital technologies are increasingly used to distribute to and engage people with classical music: Touch Press' massively popular Orchestra app is an exploration of orchestral music with oodles of interactivity, and Glyndebourne has been streaming live opera to worldwide audiences, for free, for years. But how can we use new technologies to bring audiences closer to classical performance? How can we let the audience feel the music in new ways?
Behind The Candelabra, the latest (and, apparently, last) film from Steven Soderbergh, opens on Friday on a wave of praise and plaudits from Cannes. Based on the life of Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his relationship, when he was 57, with 18-year-old Scott Thorson (40-something Matt Damon in very good make up), it's a riot of flamboyance and drama with brilliant performances from its central duo.
It's been a long, long winter (did spring even get a look in?) but, touch wood, summer is finally here and it looks like the weather is cooperating with us this year. To celebrate its welcome arrival we are launching our brand new Summer Menu, packed full of fresh, seasonal, lighter food for you to enjoy – whatever the weather!