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Explore the briny deep in a fascinating festival of arts and electronic music...

Bristol has a strong bond with the water, and for centuries the city has been a thriving harbour hub, but as well as the obvious maritime heritage, there’s a famously experimental streak, and there’s always been a wealth of creativity ceaselessly emerging from the boroughs — and now a new festival is bringing all the elements together.

Submerge is a hybrid festival featuring a deluge of experimental performers, audiovisual artists and electronic musicians — this year’s theme is ‘Fathoms’. The multi-venue extravaganza will feature renowned artists from across the globe, as well as incredible local and national minds.

The programme is bursting with exciting events that delve outside the mainstream and dive into the unknown. 

It all kicks off at Colston Hall with Gil Delindro’s Earth Tide, before Young Turks producer Koreless teams with live visual artist Emmanuel Biard for a riveting production titled The Well. It’s a mixture of electronic excellence and light structures and is described “an investigation into the sensation of scale and distance” that explores how contrasts are “perceived and judged by the human optical and auditory system.” Expect an evening of rich, multi-sensory ambition.

Other highlights on the bill include French performance artist Olivier De Sagazan, who creates visceral live sculptures using clay, paint and his own body, Detroit techno titan RROSE, CHK ONE’s live electronic sessions and the UK premiere of Adam Basanta’s site-responsive Room Dynamics installation.

This is a fabulously fascinating weekend of events, meshing the visual with the sonic — expect a weekend of experiments like you’ve never experienced before!

Artistic director Mike Pony has a few succinct words ahead of the weekend: “We hope you enjoy the festival as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together for you.”

General passes are available from £50, with many shows also ticketed separately.

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