Monday: Peter Hitchens & Howard Marks, Festival of Ideas
A lively debate in store about drugs between a journalist who believes all drugs are dangerous and a former international drug smuggling Welshman.
Tuesday: The Unthanks, St George’s
The mesmerising Northumbrian folk sisters perform their latest project, a live soundtrack to director Richard Fenwick’s documentary film, Songs From The Shipyards.
Wednesday: Paco Peña, Colston Hall
The guitarist, composer, dramatist and producer presents Quimeras, the story of a group of migrants who have come to Spain from Africa in search of work.
Wednesday: Ellen and the Escapades, Louisiana
Will the Leeds band perform their cover of R Kelly’s World Greatest, which soundtracked much of the BBC’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympics?
Thursday-Sunday: Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals, Brewery Theatre
A half-term treat from the St Werburgh’s musical superstar as he returns to the Brewery Theatre with his Noisy Animals, a rock show for children and grown-ups too.
Thursday: Bristol Culture mayoral hustings, Colston Hall
The five leading candidates in the running to become Bristol’s first elected mayor will go head-to-head in Hall 2. Follow the action via the hashtag #colstonhustings.
Thursday: The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, Tobacco Factory Theatre
Homer’s epic tale retold through illustration and puppetry, with cinematic projection and trickery transforming cut-out paper puppets into living characters and landscapes.
Friday: Death Cafe, 40 Alfred Place
“A safe, relaxed space in which fears and joys of death and mortality can be freely shared in confidence along with tea and delicious homemade cakes.”
Saturday: Alt-J, Trinity
The Mercury-nominated band who make songs about triangles sound irresistibly sexy. Their name, ∆, is the Mac keyboard shortcut for Greek letter Delta.
Saturday-Sunday: Film 4 FrightFest All-Nighter, Watershed
Watch five films back-to-back between 9pm and 7am, including the world premiere of Blaise (below), a Bristol-made short about the survivors of a zombie apocalypse.