Developing partnerships with local arts organisations is at the top of our festival priorities. Although music is at the very heart of the festival, we feel passionately about bringing all art forms to the festival from painting to photography, poetry and dance SIFA aims to celebrate all art forms in this and future festivals.
We are really excited to have the following partnerships and arts projects in place for our October 2023 festival:
1904 Arts Club
The 1904 Arts Club in Bristol will be joining us on Friday 6th October. The 1904 Arts has a rich artistic history in Bristol, having been an important part of the cultural landscape for over 100 years, and we will be welcoming a number of talented artists from the club who will be recording the event on canvas in real time. There will also be opportunity to view an exhibition of their paintings, many of which will be available to purchase.
The 1904 Arts Club is a diverse and welcoming place, catering for a variety of member interests, such as photographers, artists, classic car owners, walkers, birdwatchers and cultural expeditions. The historic building and premises is open to the public on special occasions, such as ‘Open Doors’ days and the Annual Exhibition of Paintings, but there are also a number of public concerts given by our partners the Bristol Ensemble throughout the season.
More information on membership can be found here https://www.bristol1904arts.org
Backwell Camera Club
Backwell Camera Club will be taking photographs of our performers over the festival weekend. This is a long established club, and members have a wide variety of interests. Their programme incudes a wide variety of talks, demos and presentations by external presenters covering a wide range of photographic genres.
More information can be found here http://backwellcamera.club/
Our ensemble-in-residence for the duration of the festival. Since it's foundation in 1994, by violinist and CEO Roger Huckle, the Bristol Ensemble has been at the forefront of musical life in Bristol and the Southwest.
Among the Bristol Ensemble's core values are the promotion of local talent and to serve the community in which it is based. It has achieved this over the past quarter of a century through world-class performances, award-winning education projects, and collaborations with many of the finest international performers. Notable partnerships have involved projects with Nicola Benedetti, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Freddy Kempf, Peter Donohoe, Andrei Gavrilov, Chloe Hanslip, Matthew Barley, Alan Schiller, Willard White, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Andy Shepherd, Wayne Marshall, Leslie Garrett, Emma Johnson, Natalia Lomeiko and Gabriel Prokofiev.