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Arnolfini - est 1961

A city-wide festival of contemporary music and sound

First artists announced with limited early bird festival passes on sale now.

After the interruption of COVID, the fourth edition of Bristol New Music (BNM) promises four days of commissioned works, sonic responses to rarely used spaces, landmark concert hall performances, workshops, film and club nights.

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The first names announced for the 2022 festival include Hezarfen Ensemble, Angel Bat Dawid, Bendik Giske, Nazar with Rob Heppell, Beatrice Dillon feat. Kuljit Bhamra, Viridian Ensemble, Harrga and MC Yallah and DEBMASTER.

For the opening concert, on Thursday 5 May at St. George’s Bristol, BNM has co-commissioned an ensemble performance of new group compositions by Mica Levi, with support from Still House Plants. 

Among site-specific works which draw inspiration from Bristol locations are artist Kelly Jayne Jones’ intimate multimedia performance deep inside the hidden vaults of Clifton Suspension Bridge, Áine O’Dwyer capturing the song and instrumentation of time, place and people in the Bristol neighbourhood of Easton, and Ellen Arkbro performing a new organ piece on the renowned Harrison & Harrison organ at St Mary Redcliffe.

Bristol New Music takes place biennially across Bristol. It is a collaboration between five key organisations in the city: Bristol Beacon, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol. 


Artists playing at Arnolfini:

Angel Bat Dawid holds her clarinet to her left and has her head raised in elation, a strong light is shining on her.
Angel Bat Dawid
Bendik Giske looks directly at the camera, front on, with a robe covering his shoulders. The image is black and white, with deep shadows and gentle highlights.
Bendik Giske
Beatrice Dillon sits in a wicca chair, they wear a white t shirt, gold chain, and their hand is raised to their mouth.
Beatrice Dillon feat. Kuljit Bhamra
The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group play in an orchestral formation in a hall with hard wood floors. There are various instruments in the group, piano, stirings, brass, horns and woodwind.
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group


First artists announced:

Ellen Arkbro

Beatrice Dillon feat. Kuljit Bhamra

Angel Bat Dawid

Bendik Giske


Hezarfen Ensemble

Kelly Jayne Jones

Mica Levi 

Nazar with Rob Heppell

Áine O’ Dwyer

Still House Plants

Viridian Ensemble

MC Yallah & Debmaster


Funded by:

Arts Council England


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