Hannover Exhibition Proved Popular

Hundreds of visitors to the CREATE centre café saw the excellent exhibition of photos outlining the history of the Bristol –Hannover twinning. Put together mainly by the Hannover Bristol Gesellschaft in Hannover, the photos showed a huge range of community based activities and fun events as well as the more formal civic initiatives. University of Bath lecturer Nick Regan popped in for a coffee commented:  “ There has clearly been a lot of care and love put into this exhibition and it’s great to see it documented here. Normally I teach Spanish and so I didn’t expect to be practising my rusty German today. I had no idea that so much went on with the twinning!

Bordeaux Inspired Activities For Kids

The Bristol Bordeaux Partnership in collaboration with Colourful Minds, organised free arts and crafts activities for children at UPFest. Children made shadow puppets based on the Bordeaux coat of arms and also made their own Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award which was presented to Madame Arlette Izac for her lifetime’s support to the Bordeaux Bristol twinning. Over 300 children took part over the two days and the results were amazing.

Bordeaux Artist At Upfest


Top street artist Lady JDay from Bordeaux was invited by the Bristol Bordeaux Partnership to take part in this year’s UPFest. Alongside over 330 artists from Bristol, the UK and the world, her signature piece proved very popular with the tens of thousands of visitors who attended. Lady JDay likes to paint images of strong and independent women and she is currently in residence in New York. She outlined her influences and her heroines at an informal “meet the artist” talk hosted by the BBP in the Tobacco Factory.


Meet the Artist Q+A organised by the BBP

Lady JDay also took time out to paint an image for the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade which will have a Bordeaux theme this year.

Many thanks to Quartet and the Tobacco Factory for their support as well as to UPFest and Suzanne for the photos and especially Vivien and Rob from the BBP.

Hannover Demolition Derby Dolls Demolished


On the 29 July UWE hosted the return fixture when Bristol Women’s Roller Derby took on the Hannover Demolition Derby Dolls – Roller Derby Hannover .

When Bristol travelled to Hannover in 2015 they were beaten 209: 240 but this time they put up a much stronger performance.

A lively crowd including the Lord Mayor and representatives of the Bristol Hannover Council which had helped sponsor the event, watched incredulously as the Bristol team demolished their opponents.


To be fair the Germans had only touched down in the city that morning.  Conny Carter, a German playing for Bristol said “we fought hard and this time BRD (that’s Bristol Roller Derby and not Bundesrepublik Deutschland) came out on top with a final score of 317:152! It was a great game and we loved every second.”


The Hannoverians were then taken out for a beer or two at a Stokes Croft hostelry to drown their sorrows. It is hoped before too long the Bristol team will be heading back to Hannover to keep this exciting and dynamic link going.

Roller Derby

UWE to host international roller derby as Hannover’s Demolition Derby Dolls head to Bristol


Bristol’s twin city, Hannover, is sending its roller derby team to Bristol this month for a rematch against Bristol Roller Derby’s Women’s B team.

In October 2015, skaters, referees and supporters from the Withywood-based team flew to Germany to play the Demolition Derby Dolls as part of an initiative to develop sporting links between the twin cities. That game ended in a win for Hannover with a final score of 240-209. This time around, Bristol are hoping the home advantage will give them the edge to take the victory they are looking for.

Bristol has been named as a European City of Sport for 2017. Bristol City Council is using this award to celebrate our city’s sporting achievements and encourage more people to take part in sports and active recreation. Our city is home to some great sports and active recreation organisations and we want everyone to work together to help get even more local people involved.

The roller derby games will take place at the University of the West of England Centre for Sport, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS16 1QY on Saturday 29 July.

The doors open from 12pm with the Bristol verse Hannover game starting at 1pm. Tickets for the event are on sale now and cost £5 (or two for £8) if purchased in advance. On the door tickets cost £7 and kids under 12 years go free. There is also a special advance deal for a ticket and a Bristol Roller Derby t-shirt (retail price of £15) for just £12.50 – numbers are limited so don’t miss out!

You can buy tickets, including the special advance t-shirt deal, online from Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3018355


A Truly historic 70th anniversary visit by our Hannoverian friends!

18 of our friends from the Hannover-Bristol Association visited Bristol as part of our regular citizens’ exchanges, but this time it was a very special occasion: central to this visit was the great Zoo party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the twinning, alongside the same anniversary of the link with Bordeaux – and both groups were accompanied by their respective Mayors Schostok and Juppé with their entourages.


Oberbürgermeister Schostok speaks at the Zoo, Mayors Rees and Juppé accompany.

The Hannoverians had a full programme around the event, starting with a reception when the Lord Mayor, Cllr Lesley Alexander welcomed the visitors to the Mansion House.


The day after the zoo party members of Bristol’s and Hannover’s associations were treated to a very unusual art exhibition at the home of the Bristol Savages, the Wigwam, namely 8 of the paintings of Donald Hughes, one of the famous five men who went over to Hannover in 1947 on a goodwill mission, to extend the hand of friendship to the people of Hannover in their time of need.  We were also treated to a wonderful recital by renowned classical pianist Alan Schiller and baritone Jeremy Watkins.


Self-portrait of Donald Hughes

In the afternoon we climbed the Wills Tower, and had a fantastic view across Bristol.  On Sunday we visited Gloucester and marvelled at the Cathedral; on Monday we visited the Bristol Archives, and also enjoyed the historical photographic exhibition of the twinning from 1947-2017 in the café of the CREATE Centre.  After a ferry-ride into the city centre, the group was delighted to see the paintings of Hannoverians King George II and his Queen Caroline in the beautiful Lantern Room in the Old Council House (now the Registry Office) on Corn Street.


Oil painting of Hannoverian King George II in the Lantern Room

A convivial farewell meal at Watershed Media Centre brought us back up to today, and rounded off what was one of our most successful visits!  We look forward to going to Hannover in August!