- 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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A "tribute" song to Donald Trump!

During the 2017 edition of Bristol’s Slapstick Festival, the organisers programmed a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940) to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America. Preceding the screening Ronnie Golden and Neil Innes regaled the audience with a song written especially for Donald Trump. This can be watched to the left, introduced by Robin Ince.



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- 3 days ago

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- 4 days ago

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- 8 days ago

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- 10 days ago

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- 12 days ago

If you’ve got no other plans tonight (or even if you have) we strongly recommend this… https://t.co/i1yLkxpdSw
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