A Wall is a Screen: Secrets of the Old City


16th Sep 2023




Corn Street, near Bristol Register Office

This weekend, you are invited to journey through the city of Bristol on a film night like no other, with the second and last chance to experience ‘A Wall is a Screen: Secrets of the Old City’ on Saturday 16th September.

Presented by Encounters Festival and Hamburg-based collective A Wall is a Screen, the unique event is the final free offering from Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover, which has been running across the city centre since June, presented by Bristol UNESCO City of Film and partners.

‘A Wall is a Screen: Secrets of the Old City’ invites you to explore hidden architectural gems of Bristol’s Old City streets whilst watching a curated selection of short films projected onto nearby buildings to watch along the way. Experience film in surprising ways, as the background and soundscape of the city becomes part of the film, and the film becomes part of the city.

Encounters Festival’s outgoing CEO Rich Warren says: “We have wanted to bring over our friends, A Wall is a Screen, from Hamburg to Bristol for well over ten years, to share their vision of cinematic social engagement with Bristol’s vibrant film scene. Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover has been the perfect opportunity to do so. Don’t miss this second and final chance to be a part of an outdoor film experience to remember, the perfect precursor to Encounters Film Festival 2023 which kicks off on 27th September!”

Natalie Moore, Bristol UNESCO City of Film Manager, says: “We’re delighted to present another chance to experience A Wall is a Screen: Secrets of the Old City, our closing event in Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover. It proved hugely popular when it first ran in June so we urge film lovers not to miss this second chance to see the city’s architecture become part of the fabric of the film-viewing experience. Our thanks to Encounters and A Wall is a Screen, and to every partner we’ve worked with to bring our Summer Film Takeover events to life across Bristol’s city centre over the past three months.”

The tour will begin at the top of Corn Street (near Bristol Register Office) at 8pm on Saturday 16th September – keep an eye out for the A Wall is a Screen flags. The tour will last approximately one hour. The event is free and open to all, but booking is advised in order to secure your place on the tour. Book here:

Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover programme featured nine free film-related events for the public to enjoy in the city centre between June – September 2023, marking milestones including the 75th anniversary of Windrush, 100 years of 16mm film and 50 years of hip hop influence on Bristol’s culture. Delivery partners included Bristol Museums, Compass Presents, Cinema Rediscovered, Freestyle CIC, Bris-Story, Global Goals Centre, Aardman Animations, Limbic Cinema and Encounters Festival.

Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover is delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project

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