What to expect from Bristol Doors Open Days 2017

Festival expands in 2017 with explorers promised four days of dawn to dusk opportunities.

April is here and we are gathering apace on the Bristol Doors Open Days 2017 festival programming. With so much in store we thought we’d give you a taster of what to expect.  

Why does the Architecture Centre programme Bristol doors Open Days?

The biggest festival of architecture in the South West, Bristol Doors Open Days celebrates what is special about the buildings, places and spaces that are on our doorstep. Getting us behind, above and below the ordinary and the everyday, the festival’s singular purpose is to open doors, celebrate design and engage everyone in their city’s architecture.

Free of charge and across the city, no other festival involves the entire metropolis quite like Bristol Doors Open Days. Reaching out far beyond the city centre to neighborhoods where Bristolians live, the festival champions openness, inclusivity and the democratisation of place. Architecture is the only art form that impacts every person, every day.

It is for this reason that the Architecture Centre programmes Bristol Doors Open Days – to raise awareness of the importance of making better places for us all to live, work and play.

What to expect for the 2017 programme?

For the first time Bristol Doors Open Days will align with the whole period of the national Heritage Open Days programme from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September. On Saturday and Sunday many of the venues that have become firm favourites over the past twenty-three years will open for drop-in visits and offer activities especially for those visiting with families. Weekend explorers will also be able to uncover treasures hidden among their own residential neighbourhoods, with particularly strong programmes emerging in Easton and Shirehampton.

On Thursday and Friday, following the phenomenal demand for the ever popular Temple Meads Tunnel tours, festival goers will be offered some unique new experiences as organisers have exciting bespoke ticketed events in the pipeline. These will include scaling tall buildings to see the city from a new perspective, lunchtime walks and talks, twilight visits to workplaces and some, as yet top secret, magical experiences after dark.

Festival themes 2017

As Bristol is a European City of Sport in 2017, the festival will be looking at how the built environment interacts with the human body and all of our senses at different times of day. Festival producer Anna Farthing is working with venues to develop new kinds of volunteer led activities. She says:

“This year we invite people to move, touch, smell, listen and taste, as well as to see many of the places that perhaps they think they know. From seeing the sun rise over the city, to the late night twinkle of a pool, from understanding how sounds and smells interact with spiritual architecture, to participating in playful parkour, we hope to entice both Bristolians and visitors to engage every part of themselves and to experience this fascinating city as never before.”

What next?

We are currently finalising the Bristol Doors Open Days programme. The announcement of the festival’s complete programme, including the launch of the website and opening booking for pre-book events, will take place in mid-July.

To volunteer with the festival, please submit an expression of interest here.

To be kept up-to-date, join the festival newsletter mailing list here or visit the website for more details: www.bristoldoorsopenday.org.uk