A former derelict piece of land behind Bristol Temple Meads train station was completely transformed from wasteland to ‘Creative Common’ – a unique collaboration between The Invisible Circus and Bristol City Council with support from Arts Council England. Creative Common 2013, anticipated to attract up to 100,000 visitors over nine months, creating 58 full time jobs in the arts and featuring 250 individual artists and performers. The 2013 season, directed by Esther O’Callaghan OBE (formerly Manchester International Festival) launched on 7 June with NoFit State Circus’ spellbinding show ‘Bianco’ in their iconic silver spaceship big top.
For many of the talented NoFit State performers, who trained at Bristol’s centre for physical theatre and circus, Circomedia, it was a homecoming to remember, as the city welcomed the company back after a twenty-two year hiatus.
From 7 June 2013 onwards, in inimitable Bristol style, Creative Common offer a nine month artist-led, cultural programme merging site specific, immersive circus and physical theatre, compelling independent cinema, interactive public art and exhibitions, thought provoking debates and interviews and award winning local food, drink and live music from Bristol and beyond. The programme will feature something for everyone, from culture vultures to families, Bristolians themselves and visitors to the city alike.
Take a virtual tour of the site with the video below :