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Illuminate 2014
Halloween + Diwali: the Hindu Festival of Lights + Mexican Day of the Dead

Illuminate Event Programme:
2-8pm in St Georges’ Park, Church Road, Redfield
(down around the bandstand near the children’s playground)

3-5pm – Lantern and mask making and pumpkin carving workshops.
4pm – Dohl Drummers.
6.30pm – Illuminated Performance & Storytelling.
7pm Celebratory Parade and Mariachi ‘Ambling’ Band.

Plus illuminated installations, games, performances and projections throughout the evening. Hot food and drinks available throughout the event.

Dress in your best halloween/day of the dead outfits and bring your carved pumpkins as we’re giving a prize for the best pumpkin!

Please note: we’ll be asking for donations this year as funding events likes this is becoming more and more difficult, and if everyone donated £2 it would really help cover some of our costs so please bring some extra change with you.


Thanks to financial support from Bristol City Council’s Festivals & Events Fund, we were able to present another Bloom Festival in St George’s Park on Sunday 18 May 2014!

BLOOM 2014 A5

St George’s Park – Sunday 19 May 2013
love your neighbourhood – recycle, reuse, & grow!

Updated 20 May 2013: Wow what an amazing day – the weather was wonderful and everyone had a great time – view our slideshow below to see what happened.  We’ll be posting more photos and a short film of the event in due course.  In the meantime you can subscribe to our occasional e-newsletters to be notified when we post new photos and videos and to find out more about future Phoenix52 events, festivals and workshops, just click here!

A big thank you to the musicians and performers who came and played for us – Keef Chemistry, McGoldrick and The Good Notes, biff bang pow! and Rag Morris. Thanks also to Lou Gray for her wonderful tree decorations, may poles and the wishing tree, Anita & Charlie from Trinity Community Garden, Dermot at Grow Bristol, the lovely Rachel & Guy at APE Project and Tim Floyd for his nettle recipes demonstration!

And a very special thanks to our volunteer stewards Alice & friend, Jo & Richard Curtis and June and not forgetting Scoob, Keith, Kier & Chris xx

Bloom Festival was brought to you by Phoenix52 aka Amy Peck, Sally Reay & Kerry Russell and was funded by Bristol City Council’s Arts, Festivals & Events Fund & Ernest Cooke.

Bloom Festival Programme (this is what happened on 19 May 2013)

Lots of creatives workshops including
11am-1pm – Giant Flowers/Insects Workshop
1pm-3pm – Flower Garland Workshop
12-2pm – Seedbomb ‘drop in’ Workshop – download our Seed Bomb Fact Sheet & Recipe here!
11.30-1.30pm – Trinity Community Garden Container Garden Workshop

The wonderful APE Project ran a range of fun and popular forestry skills workshops throughout the day.

At 3pm there was a Celebratory Parade, with all the children that have made giant flowers & insects throughout the day led by Rag Morris PLUS a May Pole dance for children.

PLUS Live Music
12noon – 1pm – Keef Chemistry
1-2pm – McGoldrick and The Good Notes
2-3pm – biff bang pow

There were also stalls, plant sales and lots of other workshops and creative fun stuff happening.

Bloom Festival was part of the Chelsea Fringe 2013

Graffiti Workshop at St George’s Park Skate Park

Updated 18 May 2013: As part of the build up to Bloom Festival we ran a graffiti workshop with kids at the skate park in St George’s Park on Saturday 18 May.  The kids spray painted bins that we used for recycling at Bloom Festival, the idea was to use a fun creative workshop to encourage children and adults to recycle and to throw rubbish in bins not on the floor.


This workshop was provided with a Wellbeing grant from St George Neighbourhood Funding.

Recycled Container Gardens

Updated 16 May 2013: Here’s what we did with the plants we bought from Cleve Nursery.  Phoenix52 artist Kerry Russell spray painted large olive oil cans from a local restaurant to make these lovely containers and then planted flowers from Cleve Nursery.  These container gardens were used as decorations and to illustrate arty upcycling and crafty gardening at Bloom Festival!

Big thanks to Cleve Nursery

Updated 13 May 2013: Massive thank you to Cleeve Nursery and the amazing Alan & Felicity Down For donating some compost for our container gardening workshops next sunday, and for helping us pick these beautiful plants to go on site.

Thanks also to our wonderful supporters:

Phoenix52 Spring Clean Project 2013

Updated 15 March 2013: We’re delighted to announce that we’ve recently been awarded funding by St George’s Neighbourhood Partnership to run a series of fun creative workshops in a local school and in the local skate park with the aim of encouraging children not to drop litter and to recycle by making giant flowers out of rubbish!  These giant recycled flowers will be displayed outside several shops along Church Road at the end of May.

We spent a very creative afternoon down at In Bristol Studios in Barton Hill experimenting and making sample flowers ready for the workshops we’ll be running with children at Summerhill Academy in March.


The following information was added on 3 December 2012 when this new website was set up.

See below for information about our previous events and other activities:

You can see some photos from Illuminate Festival 2011 here.

Illuminate Festival 2011 – St George’s Park

Halloween meets Diwali: the Hindu Festival of Lights meets Dia De Los Muertos: the Mexican Day of the Dead.

We ran free lantern making workshops for children prior to the festival and also commissioned ten site-specific art installations, many of them inter-active, that were situated around the old bandstand area in the park during the festival which took place on Saturday 29 October 2011.  The festival featured mask making and another lantern making workshop, site-specific art installations, projections, music, a community shrine installation, films and woodsman workshops, as well as a Bollywood dance performance and workshop and a lantern parade complete with Dohl Drummers!

You can see a video of the event here:

You can also see some photos from Illuminate Festival 2011 here.

You can also watch short videos of some our events below:

Get Creative Festival 2010 – Netham Park, Barton Hill
Illuminate Festival 2010 – St George’s Park
Halloween Shadow Puppet Show