The Rooms – A celebration of inventions to change and brighten the world

Issue date: 16 October 2015

5-7 November 2015, Silver Street, Bristol

A playground filled with battling robots and fabulous beasts, a bio-activated maze and an interactive light garden are just some of the 53 imaginative inventions, including more than 11 projects from UWE Bristol, which will take over the old Fire Station, Magistrates Courts and Police Station in Bristol City Centre for a three day festival this November.

Alongside a series of interactive installations, there will be a programme of free talks, workshops, film screenings and house parties.

The Rooms is the innovation of REACT, the creative economy hub for the South West and Wales. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, REACT has invested in collaboration, cultural experimentation and creative innovation between university researchers and creative businesses, supporting them to make new kinds of digital product and experience, and building up a portfolio of 53 projects.

The projects involving UWE Bristol researchers are:

Boron Mon Amour

Colour story

Ghosts in the Garden

I Am Orion



Mecha Monsters

Nth Screen

Teleportation Tent

The Secret Lives of Books

These Pages Fall Like Ash

The Rooms is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The Rooms Creative Producer, Katherine Jewkes said, “REACT are thrilled to be able to open the doors to The Rooms and share with the public some of the amazing talent from the South West region and beyond. Across the festival we will be showcasing 53 products and experiences that aim to change the way we imagine our world, alongside the brilliant makers and thinkers who brought these ideas to life.

“We're making The Rooms across a collection of buildings that used to be the old Bridewell Police Station, Fire Station, CID buildings and Magistrates Courts at the heart of Bristol's city centre. This is the first time that the whole site is being used together for one event, and we're very excited to be working with a design team whose collective previous experience spans Shangri-la, National Theatre Wales and the Cultural Olympiad to create The Rooms installations which the REACT projects will live within, and help audiences to see this amazing site in a completely new way.

“We are grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council England for supporting The Rooms, along with our REACT Partners: Watershed, UWE Bristol and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.”

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