IGNiTE is our residency, workshop and live-performance project featuring up-and-coming artists reflective of Bristol’s diverse communities

We believe that great art is achieved through working with the widest range of people possible.

This is why we created our IGNiTE programme, presenting world-class, innovative artists whose work is about issues that matter to people now, starting conversations and sparking debate. Alongside our annual season of Theatre and Dance we offer studio space, showcases and mentorship to artists who are committed to collaborating with communities as part of their practice.

Professional artists deliver accessible master classes and workshops to the groups that use our Centre and we work collaboratively with our programming forum who help support us with feedback and advise about our season’s shows.

All our upcoming shows are listed in our What's On section below - or you can browse through the menus above to find out more about IGNiTE, including how you can get involved and information on our artists in residence.

Download a digital version of our Spring Season brochure here or  a plain text version  here.


IGNiTE is a series of residencies, workshops and and live performances featuring artists that reflect Bristol’s diverse communities

Trinity has a rich cultural heritage. We work with the community and partner organisations to develop a hub of contemporary theatre, dance and music that helps to connect artists, arts organisations and audiences and increase participation in the arts.

We achieve this through:

  • working with partners to grow our in-house programme of live music, dance and theatre
  • building links between local artists and participants and national touring companies and performers
  • hosting residencies for dance and theatre artists
  • encouraging resident artists and visiting companies to provide workshops/learning opportunities for our centre users


More info on how we programme IGNiTE

Our IGNiTE Programme of performance aims to be reflective of Bristol's diverse communities. We're interested in work which is relevant to people in and around Trinity, and that engages with Trinity’s unique history as a community space and live music venue. Whether its dance, theatre or spoken word, we're interested in work which asks big questions about who we are and how we live.

In order to ensure that our programme reflects the interest and experiences of our communities, we select work in partnership with our Forum - a group of artists, organisers, and local residents with strong links to Trinity.

If you are interested in presenting work as part of IGNiTE, please email a tour pack and / or relevant information to our Producer Fergus Evans


Throughout the year we support independent artists and companies by providing:

  • free studio space in our iconic Fyfe Hall
  • an opportunity to share work to a mixed audience of programmers, other artists, and local people
  • access to networks and programmers, including formal professional development opportunities
  • advice and guidance as appropriate from key members of Trinity staff and partner organisations
  • free hot desk and meeting space, subject to availability

Artists can be at any stage in their career and work in any performance medium, but they should have strong links with Bristol and its communities. In addition, we are particularly interested in supporting artists and companies who put participation and engagement at the heart of their practice.


There are lots of ways you can get involved in IGNiTE

If you are an artist, you can:

  • Submit your show for inclusion in our performance programme
  • apply to become a resident artist
  • attend one of our workshops

If you are an audience member you can:

  • get into see our shows for free as an event steward
  • sign up to be a member of one of our test audiences and see work in development from our resident artist
  • let us know what you think of any of the show you've seen at Trinity

You can also sign up as a volunteer and support in areas such as stewarding, marketing and helping get the word out about the project or helping us collect feedback from workshops and performances.



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