Light Up Bristol
Light Up Bristol
Light Up Bristol is a week long Christmas and Winter Festival held in December on College Green, Bristol.
Several powerful projectors beam light, animation and film across the Bristol Cathedral and the Council House, Bristol in a dazzling nightly projection lightshow.
In 2007 the organisers also ordered two tonnes of artificial snow and several snow blizzard machines from Pinewood studios which created a winter scene.
The event is developed by Bristol Media, a networking and support organisation, which enlists a team of up to 14 of the city's leading creative companies each year to develop the content around the show.
Mike Bennett Chief Exective of Bristol Media, stated: "It's all about the leading creative brains coming together to work on a huge urban canvas, taking every day areas and parts of the city and blasting them with a whole host of colours, animation and moving image".
"The opportunity to use major Bristol landmarks such as the Council House and Cathedral as a massive canvas and bring the city to life with moving image, animation, colour and textures, don't come around that often. We think it will raise the odd smile on the shoppers and passer-bys on their way home from work".
The project is funded by Bristol +, Bristol City Council, South West of England Regional Development Agency, Bristol Media, South West Screen and a small list of private sponsors.
Bristol is a city, unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, 105 miles (169 km) west of London, and 24 miles (39 km) east of Cardiff.
With an estimated population of 421,300 for the unitary authority in 2008, and a surrounding Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) with an estimated 1,006,600 residents, it is England's sixth, and the United Kingdom's eighth most populous city, one of the group of English Core Cities and the most populous city in South West England. It received a Royal Charter in 1155 and was granted County status in 1373. From the 13th century, for half a millennium, it ranked amongst the top three English cities after London, alongside York and Norwich, on the basis of tax receipts, until the rapid rise of Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester during the Industrial Revolution in the latter part of the 18th century. It borders the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire, and is also located near the historic cities of Bath to the south east and Gloucester to the north. The city is built around the River Avon, and it also has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel.
Bristol Media Activities
Made In Bristol
A 250 page glossy publication profiling some of the city's most innovative creative companies and media entrepreneurs. First launched in December 2007, this publication draws together over 40 profiles and interviews of Bristol's key digital, TV, Music, Film, Animation, Design and Marketing companies and is distributed all over the world to support the raising of the city's international creative profile
Light Up Bristol
A weekly event held each December where several of Bristol and Bath's design and digital agencies get together to project specially created festive light, animation and moving image across College Green, Bristol.
8 high spec projectors are used to throw 400ft images across several buildings in Bristol including the Council House, Bristol and Bristol Cathedral
In Dec 2007 the team shipped in 4 snow machines which covered the venue in fake snow and on the final night of the festival a live VJ finale was staged by Anti VJ.
South West Top 100 Creative Companies League Table.
In June 2009, Bristol Media launched the first ever round up of all the major TV, digital, animation, publishing, PR, design and marketing companies from across the South West, in one list, ranked by turnover.
The guide revealed that over £0.5 billion of combined turnover was generated by companies that features in the league table, making it one of the region's key business sectors.
Along with a list of Top 100, the guide also features the most respected companies and the most respected individuals in the region, as voted by all the companies taking part in the survey.