The Rooms Festival on Silver Street

Posted on Thu 8 Oct 2015

As the November sun sets, we invite the inquisitive and curious to take a journey with us into The Rooms, a series of free interactive installations and inventions designed to change and brighten up the world. 

From a playground filled with battling robots and fabulous beasts, to an interactive light garden, haunted study and enchanted library. Visitors will get lost in a bio-activated maze, contemplate the future of death and reimagine a digital future. 

The Rooms is a playground for new ideas taking place across two days in the old Firestation, Magistrates Courts and Police Station on Silver Street. Alongside a series of interactive installations, there will be a programme of free talks, free workshops, film screenings and house parties. 

The Rooms Creative Producer, Katherine Jewkes, says:

“REACT are thrilled to be able to open the doors to The Rooms and share with the public some of the amazing talent from the South West region and beyond. Across the festival we will be showcasing 53 products and experiences that aim to change the way we imagine our world, alongside the brilliant makers and thinkers who brought these ideas to life. 

We’re making The Rooms across a collection of buildings that used to be the old Bridewell Police Station, Fire Station, CID buildings and Magistrates Courts at the heart of Bristol’s city Centre.

This is the first time that the whole site is being used together for one event, and we’re very excited to be working with a design team whose collective previous experience spans Shangri-la, National Theatre Wales and the Cultural Olympiad to create The Rooms installations which the REACT projects will live within, and help audiences to see this amazing site in a completely new way."

The Rooms is brought to you by REACT, the creative economy hub for the South West & 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 product and experience. Now, with a portfolio of 53 projects, it’s time to celebrate all of this brilliant work, and to look to the future. 

The Rooms is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Admission to The Rooms is free.