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  • 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

  • 6-31 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Heppner of the Hannover Stadtarchiv will come from 6th-31st March, to work in the Bristol City Archive on Bristol’s historical documents, in particular on the history of the twinning partnership between the two cities.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

  • 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.

  1. 3rd June/ 11am – 1pm/ Junction Library 3                                                                                                                                        Baptist Mills Court, BS5 0FJ                                                                                                                                                              phone: 0117 9223001     mail:
  2. 10th June/ 11am – 1pm/Bedminster Library                                                                                                                           Bedminster Parade, BS34AQ                                                                                                                                                              phone: 0117 9038529     mail:
  3. 17th June/ 11 am – 1 pm/Filwood Library                                                                                                                                      Filwood Broadway,  BS4 1JN                                                                                                                                                             phone: 0117 9038581     mail:
  4. 24th June/ 11am – 1pm/Hillfields Library                                                                                                                                      Summerleaze, Speedweel, BS16 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

  • 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.

  • 8th July/Roller Derby fixture with Hannover

Bristol Roller Derby will host Hannover’s Demolition Derby Dolls (female) and ‘De Ronnys’ (male) for some ’bouts’ (matches) here in Bristol on July 8th, as a return hosting for their visit to Hannover in October 2015. Unfortunately both Bristol teams lost in Hannover, but hope to reverse fortunes when their competitors arrive. The Bristolians were royally hosted in Hannover, and look forward to showing the Hannover guests our vibrant city. So keep July 8th free and watch out for tickets for a new kind of experience!  More details later.

  • 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.

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

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:

  • 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

  • 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