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!

  • 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

  • 11th – 13th August

DJ performance by Shanti Celeste at the Fuchsbau-Festival, Hannover


According to music magazine DUMMY, Shanti Celeste is “Bristol`s leading lady of house music”. She is one of the most important representatives of the English electronic music scene. This year she plays her percussion-heavy sounds at the Fuchsbau Festival. The festival takes place for the sixth time in the Hannover region, this year in an old brick factory in Lehrte.

  • 25th August / Kung Fu Trailers of the Fury in Hannover / 8.30pm / the Cube Cinema, Bristol

Presented by Graeme Hogg and Christopher Williams (CUBE CINEMA, Bristol), 120 min.
An explosive combination of 35mm originals from the golden age of the Kung Fu- and martial arts films shows us Bruce Lee and his numerous imitators. The trailers from the collection of the CUBE CINEMA are put to life live by the record label. Graeme Hogg and Christopher Williams from Bristol will be guest at the Sprengel cinema.

  • 26th August / A film by Esther May Campbell / 8.30pm / the Cube Cinema, Bristol

In the experimental drama of the British filmmaker Esther May Campbell is concerned about a family traumatized by illness and loss. The father leaves his three children out of the way, and these practice the same pattern of sparse contact. One day Rose wants to visit her sick mother at home. This excursion brings the decayed family together for a few brief but valuable moments. Esther May Campbell from Bristol will be guest at the cinema in Sprengel.

  • 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