Taking a chance on a flyer – CHAMP

Art, Arts, Bristol, Events, Inspirational, Launch, Meditation, Music, Nature

Last night (20th June 2015) I was coaxed into attending an event by a very curious piece of advertising. Picked up at The Island, Bristol, this flyer, with its sparseness and contrast, was too intriguing to ignore.

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What I found, in a small, active industrial yard, was a gathering of people brought together for a performance and a barbecue, on the eve of the solstice.

Sam, the main man of the occasion, put the event together prior to the beginning of what he described to me as an adventurous wander of survival without money, a phone or a map. The idea, to leave of without worrying about how much money you have, who you’re in contact with and where you are, is greatly inspiring as a thing to do, and the fact that there was no pretention in the attitude of the friendly, jovial crowd bolstered the moment.

The event itself is tied to a group of artists in Bristol, CHAMP, whose newly renovated garage studio is as I awkwardly put it at one point, ‘nice’. Which is what it is, a well as more valuable adjectives.

It’s the second time I’ve joined the outskirts of a group shepherded by some leader figure called Sam. The first time being the night of my secondary school prom, in the face of rejection I’d gone off to a gig instead, and while there lied to a group of guys about my age so I could feel less insecure. Sam bought me a drink but I’d had to politely decline.

This time around it was homemade wine that I was avoiding for medical reasons and the barbecue, (from which I had a grilled pepper bun) was a happy addition to the performance. A good move. The details of the performance itself is really only for the performance. That it effectively involved a morning ritual with a much heightened intensity, is enough description to honour intentions I figure.

All of that which Sam took on his sojourn of indefinite length today was lain out on the floor until by the end of the performance it was packed away into his bag. In generosity Sam also provided me and others with a free shirt for our engagement, which was a fine thing to do.

Sam, and the rest of those more of the inner circle, were at the allotment mentioned on the flyer this morning at sunrise, to wave Sam away I guess.

It’s a shame I couldn’t be there, but I was more committed to getting to my bed than hanging around for somewhere to couch/floorsurf with the group. So on this, the longest day of the year, I wish Sam the vey best of luck, and am glad that things like this happen, because, if they didn’t, then just how boring would life be?

Shop Dutty Takeover: New Website Launch!

Art, Artist, Arts, Events, Fashion, Launch, Music, Uncategorized

THE DUTTY TAKEOVER IS HERE!

When: Thursday 7th August ’14

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Where: Shop Dutty, 116 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol BS6 5RW

 

As part of the Dutty crew it’s only right I let you know about Shop Dutty’s brand new and improved website launch as we are doing it the only way we know how BIG. From in store discounts to live music and drinks we are inviting you to have a Dutty night in with us in the shop to get you all booted n’ suited for the night. Stocked with our very own gems, other independent designers and plenty of vintage, we have the lot for both women and men. Join us as we take the launch to a whole nother Dutty level with raffles* and laughter with the opportunity for you to win some free goodies. So if that’s not tempting enough then I don’t know to be honest. Maybe all you need is the Dutty Lifestyle in your life, so come along anyway!

*raffle given to buyer after every purchase during the Launch from 6 – 10pm.

This is England

Bristol, Nature, Other

After all this crazy weather this week it just didn’t feel right not commenting on it!

This week revealed to me how I have subconsciously forgotten how bipolar English weather can be, from snow to sunshine and clear skies, and most of all… all the unwilling flashing that has occurred!

I felt it was only appropriate to fondly look back on previous hot days…

Shambala – Festival Cravings

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This week I’ve had flu, and blocked noses, fever and general disgusting illness has had me craving summer sunshine and my home from home; Shambala Festival.

I love this weekend due to the lovely people that attend, the relaxed atmosphere and the completely unexpected mix of visual art around the place. In particular the woods has a really interesting collection every year. Last year my highlights were the metal sculptures by Barry Lewis, a giant interactive jellyfish and a light show in the trees that made them look like they were melting together – amazing!!

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As a general, I know I’m always going to have an amazing time here, and would recommend it for the visuals alone, you never know what you’ll find (last year I was serenaded by a male nun on a motorized mini grand piano), and if you don’t like surprises, the burn is always incredible:

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For more of a summer hit, look at their photo gallery from last year, I can’t wait for this one!
– Grace