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Pick Of The Week: Half Term Special

Discover not one, not two but SEVEN amazing half-term events on this Rife Guide special to keep you busy all week long. 

Hurrah, the half-term is upon us. Who would have thought we’d make it this far. Time to hang up the school uniform and the books and revel in all you’ve achieved so far. Got your half term plans sorted? Of course you do. You’re going to do what you do every half-term, scroll through your Facebook news feed, stalk that ex on Instagram, catch up on your favourite shows on Netflix, snack on all the food in the kitchen – you know, the usual. But not this year, no. This year, we’ve hand-picked some the best things going on in Bristol this week, to ensure that when you go back to school, you’ve got plenty to brag about #sorted.

Monday, 23rd October, 2017

Grayson Perry’s ‘The Most Popular Exhibition Ever!’ is at the Arnolfini until 24th December, 2017

Grayson Perry has brung his awesome exhibition to Bristol and we’re loving it. It’s so justly called, ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ and it tackles one of Perry’s primary concerns: how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society. On show for the first time outside of London, the exhibition is central to the autumn season at Arnolfini and a programme of events inspired by Perry’s irreverent take on contemporary culture. It’s free and really quite cool. The exhibition is open until to December, but why not pop down with a couple of mates and see what the fuss is all about? https://www.rifeguide.co.uk/events/25159-grayson-perry?date=2017-10-23&term=grayson+perry

Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Off The Record are hosting a load of creative and well-being workshops this half-term and you just have to be there. Our particular favourite is ‘Happy Food’. Did someone say food? We sure did. From 12 -2pm, you will join David as you find out how food can boost your mood. Wait, there’s more; they’ll provide the food and you can bring the mood. Just drop by to Off The Record  to claim your place. Simple as pie.

Wednesday, 25th October, 2017

Raise the Bar is back at Watershed for the October edition of its acclaimed spoken word event, and this month also marks Raise the Bar’s 3RD BIRTHDAY! To celebrate the occasion an all-star line-up will be coming to Bristol including MiKo Berry, Sara Hirsch and Daniel Piper also hosted by Craft-D and Connor Macleod. With its regular monthly slot at Watershed, each Raise the Bar show promises to be a completely different and unique experience. The doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00 For more information and tickets, head to the Watershed website: https://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/8573/raise-the-bar/

Or if that’s not your gig (quite literally), get involved with the ‘Jump into …Skateboard Design’ two day course at Knowle West Media Centre on 25th and 26th of October. If you’re interested in developing your creative skills, illustration or skateboarding and you want to create your own unique skateboard, this is a good shout. You’ll learn how to use design software Inkscape at KWMC: The Factory to create your own digital design and etch it into the skateboard deck using a laser cutter. In addition to this, you’ll create bespoke Grip tape art to add to the top of the Canadian Maple board. The boards are 8″ standards. This course costs £25 for the two days (which covers the cost of materials and the skateboard), however don’t fret over the price as there are some bursaries available – contact KWMC for more details. More info here: www.kwmc.org.uk/projects/skateboarddesign/ 

Thursday, 26th October 2017:

Stock up on the popcorn and the tasty cinema snacks for ‘Coraline’ showing at the Watershed. Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling book and helmed by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, this ace stop-motion family fantasy follows an adventurous girl who, after moving into a new home with her family, discovers a portal to a strange and seemingly better world. Watershed is the cheapest places to get cinema tickets for young people – only £4.50 – you can’t beat that. https://uk.patronbase.com/_Watershed/Productions/122P/Performances_ga=2.234654941.2100216832.1508423047-1969303807.1497269345

Friday, 27th October 2017:

Creative Journalling. Another creative and well-being event from Off The Record – they’re on fire this week. Learn how to use images and art to explore how you’re feeling. You’ll be trying lots of different methods – there’ll be something for everyone. Head down to Off The Record between 2pm – 4pm to get in on the action.

Saturday, 28th October 2017:

Are you the next Banksy? Come and experience spraying stencil art first-hand, and spray your own artwork(s).This is a fantastic opportunity to spray your own artwork using laser cut stencils and ‘safe’ water-based spray paints. All abilities and ages can have a go, as these sessions are geared towards offering a chance to ‘get your hands on the cans’, a level 1 experience for everyone, plus you get a souvenir artwork or artworks to take home. A place cost £10 – the ticket price includes attendance at the session for the opportunity to spray your own work. Why not bring a couple of friends, make some artwork and hold your own exhibition afterwards? Sounds like a plan, For more info and too book a place, head here: http://www.wherethewall.com/experience/street-art-stencil-art-drop-in-spray-session-1-30-pm-sat-28-oct-17/

Sunday, 29th October 2017:

You didn’t think we were gunna do you like that, did you. Of course, we left you one day to rest and do the usual. Scan through your Facebook news feed, stalk your ex on Instagram to your heart’s content. Make sure you get some well deserved rest and that you’re bright eyed and bushy tailed for the school week. Happy half-term peoples!

But that’s not all, for more things to do in Bristol, why not head to Rife Guide ?

What have you got planned for your half-term? Let us know @rifemag