Celebrate football, art and music.
A football festival with a twist is coming to Bristol at the end of this month.
With this summer’s World Cup in Brazil imminent, a group of Bristol artists and football enthusiasts decided to challenge the stereotypes of traditional football fans and create a two week long celebration of football, literature, art, film and music.
Organiser and Director of the festival Brett Atkinson said of his own experience: “At art school I would often use football as a theme for my work. However, I was repeatedly told football wasn’t an appropriate subject for art.
"I used to think to myself, those people had obviously never seen Eric Cantona’s volley against Wimbledon in ‘94. Since then, I’ve always been interested in marrying up my two loves.”
The Festival of Football Ideas will take place in the most appropriate Bristol landmark for such an event – The Big Silver Football on Millennium Square, or as it is usually known, The At-Bristol Planetarium.
The Festival will run each night from Friday 30th May to Saturday June 14th in the build-up to the World Cup and will feature talks and performances from artists, academics, musicians, playwrights and comedians.
Broadcaster, writer and FA-commissioned poet, Musa Okwonga
Photography from Olivia Mann and Alison Palmer, who have been following the England Women’s Team
The Guardian’s Daniel Harris and Carrie Dunn
A DJ live sound-tracking the first round tie between Spain and Holland
Playwright, Paul Jenkins performing his BBC Radio 4 commissioned play, Red Star Newport.
Academics, Dr Jean Williams from DMU, and Dr Mike O’Mahony from UoB,
Experimental art-works created by Bristol-based CFPR Editions and Colourstory.
Full details of all the exciting events are online at the Festival’s website: www.fofi.org.uk
Each evening will consist of two talks, split into two ‘halves’ of 45 minutes, with a half time break – oranges are optional. Tickets for most events will be £5 and can be booked through the website.
The Festival is not-for profit and has been created, curated and run entirely by a group of friends and volunteers, for the love of Football and Art.