The 70th Anniversary programme of activities and events will celebrate the historical links between our cities and include themes such as arts, business, environment, science, sports and education with the aim of enhancing international understanding among citizens from all backgrounds across the city.

You can download the official brochure here.

Main Events

The main events to be held in Bristol during in 2017 are:

20 January                 M-Shed opening event

12-13 May                   German Twinning Conference

23 June                       Bristol Zoo Event

18-20 October           Business Summit

23 November            Gala Dinner

Full Programme

The following events make up the full programme. Please check back regularly as new events are being added all the time!

June/ 11am – 1pm/ Different Libraries  
Bordeaux Bristol Libraries Art & Craft Workshop

Free Arts and Crafts sessions for children aged 4 to 12 based on Bordeaux artists styles, colours and inspirations as part of the 70th anniversary of the twinning with Bordeaux. All children welcome. Contact the libraries below to reserve a free place. When you’ve completed the session why not come to Bristol’s Urban Paint Festival on 30 and 31 July to meet Bordeaux artist “Lady JDay” and take part in more free Bordeaux art sessions for children.

  • 3rd June / 11am – 1pm / Junction Library 3, Baptist Mills Court, BS5 0FJ.     phone: 0117 9223001 mail:
  • 10th June / 11am – 1pm / Bedminster Library, Bedminster Parade, BS3 4AQ.    phone: 0117 9038529     mail:
  • 17th June / 11 am – 1 pm / Filwood library, Filwood Broadway, BS4 1JN.   phone: 0117 9038581     mail:
  • 24th June / 11am – 1pm / Hillfields Library, Summerleaze, Speedwell, S16 4HL.        phone: 0117 9038576     mail:

The sessions are organised by the Bristol Bordeaux Partnership in collaboration with Colourful Minds, Bristol’s Library Service and the Quartet Community Foundation.

  • 22nd June / CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN / 10am – 4pm
    Historical Exhibition of the Bristol-Hannover Partnership

An exhibition of photographs documenting the history since 1947 of the city partnership between Bristol and Hannover is now on show at the Café at the CREATE Centre on Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN. It shows personalities and events from the very first visit by 5 Bristolians to Hannover, who went to help out when the message came to Bristol that in the terrible winter of 1947 the children of Hannover were unable to go to school because they did not have any shoes. Subsequent decades show great gatherings and events demonstrating the growing friendship between the two cities. The celebrations to date in this celebration year of the 70th anniversary are shown, and it is a tribute to all the hard work of many citizens of Bristol that after so many years, the friendship is stronger than ever.

The café is open to the public from 10-4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and will be available to view until mid-July. Part of the exhibition can be seen below.


  • 22nd June / Priory Road Lecture Theatre, Social Sciences Complex, University of Bristol / 5.15 – 7.30pm
    The Next 70 Years? Re-thinking our Relationship with Europe 

This year the city of Bristol is celebrating 70 years of twinning with Bordeaux and Hannover. These relationships were forged in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, putting Bristol at the forefront of a European project based not just on economic factors, but on shared humanitarian and cultural values.

The University of Bristol’s School of Modern Languages warmly invites you to join us to explore those values and consider how they might be maintained and adapted for the future. We hope the view from Arts and Humanities subjects will help to refocus the debate about Bristol’s and the UK’s ongoing relationship with Europe in a positive, productive way. Please come along and share your views!

Tickets are free of charge – please register here

  • 5th- 8th July / Bristol- Bordeaux/ £650
    Departure of PROPS cycle ride to Bordeauxe

Now in it’s 9th year, the Bristol to Bordeaux Cycle Challenge is one of the UK’s top charity bike rides. Departing Bristol on Wednesday 5th July the ride takes in 500 miles of the finest cycling routes that the UK and France can offer, before arriving in Bordeaux on Saturday 8th July. Riders can choose between 2 routes, the 500 miles ‘extreme’ or the 300 miles classic. The ride is fully supported, with regular feed stations, fully trained physios and bike mechanics, and transport of all bags between each overnight hotel stop.

For more information and to register, visit:

  • 13th July/ The Matthew of Bristol
    Bordeaux Wine Tasting on the Matthew

To celebrate Bristol’s traditional link with the Bordeaux wine trade, Bristol will be holding a fine wine on traditional old ship, the Matthew, during cruise around the floating Harbour. The Event is being organised in association with Averys Wine Merchants- the first to bring Pomerol wines to the UK.

  •  29th July: Bristol Roller Derby Take On Hannover Demolition Dolls As Part Of The 70th Anniversary Celebrations


Following the Bristol team’s successful visit to Hannover, the return match or “bout” as it is called between Hannover’s roller derby team the Demolition Dolls ( and Bristol’s B team ( will take place on Saturday 29th July at the Centre for Sport at the University of the West of England. This will be an afternoon event, the exact time is yet to be confirmed. More details in May but pencil it in your diaries!

  • 30th July/ 4pm/ Tobacco Factory Café/

Free Coffee and Cake with Bordeaux’s top young female urban artist Lady JDay

Come and meet one of the stars of Bristol’s Urban Art Festival, UPFest, who will be painting during the festival. Hear about the urban art scene in Bordeaux from one of its exciting new talents and then take a stroll to view her finished artwork on the streets of Bedminster. As part of the festival there will be also a Bordeaux art activities sessions for children throughout the weekend.

Project Partners: Bristol Bordeaux Partnership (BBP)/ UPFest/ Association Bordeaux Bristol

  • 1st – 4th September/ 6pm – 9pm/ Ashton Park School

Hannover badminton players in Bristol!

The Bristol-Hannover Badminton Exchange has been running for more than 30 years, and the latest visit is incoming in September.  14 Hannoverian badminton players will play the Bristol team at Ashton Park school on Friday 1st September from 6-9 p.m and on Saturday 2nd September from 2-6 p.m.  The clubs will have a social programme while the visitors are here.  Further information on the exchange from Jackie Millward at

  • 10th October/ 1.15pm /Cathedral on College Green
    The Hannover Bach Choir Performance 

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The Hannover Bach choir are coming to Bristol with sixty singers and  will be performing  as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations in the presence of the Lord Mayor who is the President of the Bristol Hannover Council.

This is a free public recital and all are welcome.

  • 13th – 16th October
    Hannover Lindenverein Rowing Club in Bristol!

October will see the latest exchange visit in this long-running partnership between the Ariel Rowing Club of Bristol and Lindenverein of Hannover.  This time 11 rowers will come over to row with and against Ariel in their beautiful river surroundings in St Anne’s.  Their visit will coincide for the first time with Ariel’s annual dinner, which will be a first, and will add spice to their ever-lively social programme.  Bristol leader Steve Howie met his wife Itta, also a rower, in Hannover while on one of the rowing exchanges, so it’s a great context for socialising! Contact:


  • 1st – 4th December
    Bristol School of Gymnastics exchange with Hannover

Details not yet confirmed, but in this, their 30th year of exchanging with the gymnasts of Hannover, there will be an exchange between the two groups of mainly teenagers.  Watch this space!

  • 12th December/ Colston Hall
    In Somebody Else’s Shoes, secondary school project

To recall the original link between Bristol and Hannover, when shoes were taken to the German city for the children and Hannover responded with music, the students will themselves create pairs of shoes and compose a piece of music. Alongside this they will exchange documentary film-making skills and produce promotional videos for primary schools. Hannover and Bristol students will partner up to showcase their designs at a fashion show to musical accompaniment in Hannover in November and later at Colston Hall on 12th December.

For more information contact Ruth Myers at

To look back at completed events, click here: completed events