Doing Things Differently is an event that reaches right across a town, city or region to reveal and celebrate diversity. The event shares ideas that move us towards equal representation on stage, off stage and in the audience, through a series of performances, exhibitions, workshops and talks.

Read below to find out about organisations and partners we have worked with. To set up Doing Things Differently in your town or city, please email: hello@doingthingsdifferently.org.uk

Doing Things Differently is a partnership between Bristol City Council and Diverse City.

Bristol City Council Culture Team
Our focus with this project is highlighting and reflecting on the city’s diversity. Through supporting creativity across the city and at our own festivals, events and Museums.

Diverse City
We are a team of cultural entrepreneurs working through the arts to activate social change. We seize creative opportunities, spot gaps and form unlikely alliances to transform the way performance is made and by whom. Charity Number: 1176855 


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Bristol Festival of Puppetry (BFP) is the UK’s foremost international puppetry festival, celebrating puppetry and animation in all its forms, on stage and on screen. This biennial event has been bringing the very best in puppet performance and film to Bristol since 2009, celebrating emerging talent from the South West and around the world.

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Puppet Place, creators of BFP, believe puppets can open up worlds, start conversations, capture a notion, take risks, and tap into something in absolutely everyone. From sock puppets to huge carnival creations, they champion it all, and every two years, they celebrate the love of all things animated presenting Bristol Festival of Puppetry.

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Tobacco Factory Theatres produces and presents a jam-packed programme of excellent theatre in unique, intimate spaces in Bristol and beyond, with exciting opportunities for artists and young people.


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Cirque Bijou
are show designers who make everything from stunning artistic creations for rock concerts, to seamlessly produced large scale shows in community recreation grounds. They seek out the new, unusual and surprising, adding passion, creativity and sky-high production values.

CircoMedia has grown as Britain’s first ever circus school, to be acknowledged as a centre of excellence worldwide, with a unique approach combining traditional circus skills with physical theatre and creativity.

Trinity Bristol‘s mission is to empower communities through the arts and make sure everyone has the opportunity to access and shape arts and culture in Bristol, providing a progressive programme of live music and creative activities.

The Island is a vibrant hub offering a studio complex, arts facility and events space, based in the Old Bridewell Police Station in Bristol city centre. The Island is part of the Artspace Lifespace community interest company, that recycles vacant, underused and problem properties into thriving creative resources.

Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the music education hub for Bristol who believe in the power of music – to inspire, teach and transform lives.

Theatre Bristol is a collective of producers who believe that anything is possible. Following their curiosity, individually and collectively, to work for the benefit of artists to make great art.

Wyldwood Arts are dedicated to producing high quality participatory arts projects with and for the community.