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Ahead of new fes­ti­val Some­thing Good, or­gan­iser Ben Steers re­veals what to ex­pect

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Ben Steers shares why Bris­tol is the ideal set­ting for new cre­ative fes­ti­val Some­thing Good

One of the first things that struck me when I moved to Bris­tol al­most a decade ago was the sense of com­mu­nity, and DIY ethos of the city. It’s some­thing I found in­cred­i­bly re­fresh­ing and in­spir­ing. There’s the buzz and cul­ture of a big­ger city, but with the com­mu­nity and col­lab­o­ra­tive na­ture of a close-knit town.

Bris­tol con­sis­tently ranks highly on lists of the best places to live and work in the UK. A 2015 De­sign Coun­cil re­port puts Bris­tol as the only UK lo­cal au­thor­ity out­side Lon­don and the South-East to be in the top 10 ar­eas for de­sign, and over 13 per cent of Bris­tol’s busi­ness units are in the cre­ative sec­tor. And it’s not just Bris­tol, Bath em­ploys 57 per cent more cre­atives than the na­tional av­er­age.

In 2015, frus­trated with the lack of cre­ative events hap­pen­ing in Bris­tol, I – along with some of the team at Fi­asco De­sign – de­cided to do some­thing about it. Our mis­sion was to cre­ate a se­ries of events that re­flected the city. They would be com­fort­able, open and di­verse, cre­at­ing a space for cre­atives to meet and get in­spired. From this sim­ple idea, thread was born. Over 18 months and seven sell-out events, with talks (and quizzes) from the likes of Mr Bingo, An­i­made, Hey and DesignStudio, we’ve been blown away by thread’s pop­u­lar­ity, and the feed­back we’ve had.

The next ques­tion was a fairly nat­u­ral one: can we make it big­ger? In a city jam-packed with fes­ti­vals, it seemed strange that there wasn’t one ded­i­cated to the cre­ative arts. We wanted to bring the ethos of thread to a larger au­di­ence, and cre­ate a fes­ti­val fo­cus­ing on, and cel­e­brat­ing, the cre­ative process.

And so, af­ter much plan­ning and re­search, Some­thing Good was born. Buck­ing the trend of over­priced, con­fer­ence-style events, the fes­ti­val will be held on 6–7 Oc­to­ber, and will in­clude a full day of talks on Fri­day and a pro­gramme of work­shops, hosted by cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers, on Satur­day.

Fri­day’s cre­atives in­clude Snask, An­thony Bur­rill, Morag My­er­scough and Marta Ve­ludo. They’ll share sto­ries and anec­dotes of their lives in de­sign, in­clud­ing how they got where they are to­day, and how they tackle cre­ative briefs. There’ll be in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions and print­ing pro­cesses for at­ten­dees to get in­volved with, plus an on-site shop.

Satur­day will be an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to get their hands dirty with cre­atives work­shops hosted by the likes of An­thony Bur­rill, Wil­frid Wood, Mis­cel­la­neous Ad­ven­tures and So­phy Holling­ton.

We’re hop­ing the fes­ti­val will be a real hit that we can con­tinue to grow and de­velop. To­gether we can make Some­thing Good. Tick­ets are on sale now, visit www.some­thing­good­bris­tol.com

Some­thing Good builds on the suc­cess of thread, for which speak­ers have so far in­cluded pa­per artist Hat­tie Newman (top left), DesignStudio’s Ben Wright (top right) and Matt ‘mills’ Miller from ustwo (bot­tom left).

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