- Slapstick Festival 2017 In Pictures -

All photos above are by one of our official festival photographers; Paul Lippiatt, David Betteridge and David Gillett. Click on any  to expand the gallery to full size. The photos will then carousel around till you’ve seen them all.

Chris Daniels on Slapstick 2017

When deciding the programme for the 2017 edition of Slapstick, our thirteenth, I hoped that it would bring light and laughter to Bristol after a year that seemed doomed to be defined by the unprecedented and untimely loss of so many great artists, such as David Bowie, Prince, Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, Alan Rickman and Ronnie Corbett amongst many, many others. In addition, whatever your politics, a political upheaval ensued revealing deep, deep divisions both in the UK and globally. So laughter, however modest, promised to be the best antidote to this and ‘Seriously Funny seemed an appropriate title for the five-day celebration. (…)

So, I feel privileged to be bringing Slapstick to Bristol and the South West each year and I am delighted to see that an incredible 10,000 people bought tickets to Slapstick events in 2017, a massive 30% increase on 2016. (…)

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Chris Daniels, Director

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With a 20% growth in audience this year , The Slapstick festival continues to go from strength to strength. Since 2005 Slapstick has presented 12 editions of the Festival in Bristol, showing  over 150 events to more than 36,000 people and introducing rare archive and silent comedy films to more and more diverse audiences  and we look set to continue for many more years to come!



This year we are delighted to introduce our outreach project working with local schools through a new partnership with Into Film.  Year 5 children at participating schools will participate in a practical workshop to create a film sound track to a silent film. Children will create foley sounds, play a musical instrument, and take part in film music literacy activities. At the end of the school day there will be a live performance for an audience of school friends and family. Teachers from local schools will have the chance to attend a training session about sound tracking in the class room. If this of interest to your school please do not hesitate to contact info@slapstick.org.uk

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