Just a glance away from the Suspension Bridge, the Create centre played host to the exclusive opening ceremony to mark Bristol as the Green Capital city for 2015. There were high-wire stunts, LED-light umbrellas, soul singers and light projections and it was utterly magical.
The Green Capital opening ceremony took place at the Create Centre within the depths of the Cumberland basin, which felt a little off the beaten track in comparison to the usual large scale events in the amphitheatre or College Green but Create played host to the event perfectly. The Create centre was taken on by Bristol city council to promote environmental awareness. The A Bond warehouse and the B bond warehouse (Create Centre) were pillars of hulk-green illumination which sustained the wire in which Jade Kindar-Martin cycled over with Karine Mauffrey perfoming an aerial trapeze directly below as part of the performance.
The whole event required the participation of a huge number of volunteers and stewards which is how I got involved with the project. It seemed I was so dedicated to my responsibility of ticking off names on the guest list, that I didn’t notice the start of the umbrella performance unfolding right behind me. It was amazing to turn around and see a number of illuminated umbrella pedestrians walking, ambling and slowly cruising harmoniously with the soulful live music. There was a conscious effort to make this truly atmospheric, the organisers picked music which was downtempo but oozed inspiration and thoughtfulness.
Attention switched to A Bond warehouse which witnessed Karine slowly and artfully ascending up the wall, a projection of vine leaves ignited her dress which consisted of recycled materials and floated in the wind as she ascended higher and higher. The Bridging the Gap performance took full force as Jade appeared from a window in the building where he held a 10ft pole before climbing onto a bike which he pedalled nonchalantly as if it was a stroll in the park – not in the air, above a car park with a load of spectators!
Take a look at the video here…
It was absolutely incredible to see the magic from these Cirque Bijou performers as they slowly flew through the air and quite literally bridged the gap between two distinctively red brick buildings. Bridging the Gap is a phrase you may well hear again in the next 12 months if you’re in Bristol, it’s about connecting up the idea of intention with the process of action – instead of thinking about doing something, just follow it through and make it happen.
I know there’s a waited breath about the Green Capital award going to Bristol and if it’ll actually change anything, the truth is that change is already among us here in the South West and it’s beautiful to see an award celebrate a natural evolution. We have community allotments, restaurants which specialise in reducing wastage, buses running on poo-wastage, volunteer-based running groups which focus on gardening tasks. We have FoodCycle, Incredible Edible, Skipchen and they’re getting bigger and better each month and each year. We have farmer markets, ethically sourced, organic, vegetarian and vegan and we have them in an abundance.
Green Capital needs to continue to educate and promote the morals and attitudes of the people and the businesses who are already making these things happen right under our noses. When the bright lights of the opening ceremony fade we need to ensure people are still engaging, interacting and learning the way of living economically.
I went to the very first scheduled event for Bristol’s reign as Green Capital City at the Watershed…CAN DIGITAL TAKE OVER THE WORLD?