Completed Events

  • 26th  January/ South Bristol Schools

Bordeaux teaching assistants to visit South Bristol Schools

Six schools across the south of the city will be taking part in the scheme which aims to introduce local children to the French language in a new and exciting way. Informal drinks with the Bordeaux assistant will take place at 7pm that evening.

Project Partners: Bristol Bordeaux Partnership (BBP)/ Quartet/ ESPE University of Bordeaux and the Association Bordeaux Bristol

  • 6th -31st March/ Bristol Archives/ Free  

Opening the Bristol and Hannover archives

Bristol and Hannover will be opening up their archives to explore the history of the twinning partnership and will be putting the best of it on display. The Archives exchange will start soon when Christian Heppner of the Hannover Stadtarchiv will come from 6th-31st March, to work in the Bristol City Archive on Bristol’s historical documents, in particular on the history of the twinning partnership between the two cities.  Christian will give a talk about his work in Hannover while he is in Bristol, which will be open to the public.  In November Bristol archivist Graham Tratt will visit Hannover for a similar period, when Hannover Archives will put on an exhibition about the twinning link.

  • 19th March/ 3:15pm/ Colston Hall/ £19.50

The Lantern

Bordeaux’s legendary jazz drummer Roger Biwandu brings his trio to perform at the Bristol Jazz and Blues festival with Pee Wee Ellis. The Bordeaux trio will also appear as the house band each night of the festival. Roger Biwandu has toured and recorded with Jeff Beck, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Salif Keita, Carole King and Womack&Womack. A jazz drummer with heavy funk and African influences, his rhythmic concept is unique.

For more information and tickets, visit:

Project Partners: Association Bordeaux Bristol/ Bristol Jazz and Blues festival

  • 22nd March/ 7:30pm – 9.00pm/ City Hall

Rescuing history: How the Hannover Archives Survived World War Two

Talk by visiting Hannover archivist, Dr Christian Heppner, entitled: “Rescuing history: how the Hannover archives survived World War Two” – Christian is visiting the Bristol Archives as part of an exchange with Bristol archivists in honour of the 70th anniversary. If you would like to attend, please let the Chair of Bristol-Hannover Council know at

  • 26th March/ 4:30pm/ Colston Hall

University of West of England

A one-day festival showcasing performances from members of the UWE Centre for Performing Art alongside work of UWE Bristol students. There will be varied programme throughout the day ranging from jazz to classical. A culmination concert featuring the UWE Symphony Orchestra and University Singers will celebrate Bristol’s twinning with Hannover and Bordeaux and feature music by Brahms, Wagner and Poulenc amongst others.

  • 30th March/Stoke Lodge Adult Education Centre

Talk on “Degenerate Art”   Exhibition                                                                                   

Bristol-Hannover Council will present a talk on 30th March by Colin Evans on the ‘Degenerate Art (Entartete Kunst)’ exhibition held in Munich in 1937.  This exhibition, with 650 works of art, was organised by the Nazi party to show the destructive nature of modern German art, but it was attended by over 2 million people and largely had the opposite effect from that planned by Hitler’s henchmen. The talk will be held at Stoke Lodge Adult Education Centre, Stoke Bishop and, although space is limited, it is open to the public.

If interested, please contact

  • 10th/11th June/Maple Leaf Court in Clifton Green Squares and Secret Gardens celebration of Hannover and Bordeaux

Maple Leaf Court in Clifton, with its sunken Japanese garden complete with teahouse, will be opening their communal gardens to the public as part of the Green Squares and Secret Gardens event. This year they will be promoting the Bordeaux-Hannover-Bristol 70th anniversary, by having an information stand with posters, history, flags and news. They will also be giving their refreshment a twinning twist by serving “Apfel Strudel und Kaffee” and “tarte tatin et café” as well as tea and scones. The organisers include Sylvia Supple, who formed a friendship with a girl in Hannover 1949 and has recently been reunited with her, and also Lynne McAleavey, who lived in Germany for a number of years and is a member of the committee of Bristol-Hannover Council. For more information, see the website.

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

  • 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:


  • 25th – 26th November/ Hannover, Germany
    Cary Grant Weekend!

The Cary Grant Festival is going to Hannover, Germany for the weekend on 25-26 November 2017 as part of the 70th anniversary of Bristol’s twinning, in partnership with the KOKI cinema. The weekend will include a gala screening of Becoming Cary Grant with cocktails and live music, and a late night screening of Charade on the Saturday, followed by an illustrated talk about Cary Grant’s Bristol by festival director Charlotte Crofts and screenings of Arsenic and Old Lace, North by Northwest and Blonde Venus on Sunday.  If you are thinking about going, email


  • 29th November/ 7.30pm/ Henleaze United Reformed Church

Niall Hoskin, baritone and Stephen Browne, piano perform music by Beethoven, Fauré, Brahms, Poulenc, Tippett and Somervell.

Tickets on the door: £8 – refreshments on sale

  • 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