NEWS: The 4 Pillars Bristol

Announcing The 4 Pillars Bristol: a programme of events to celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th birthday and explore its lasting legacy on Bristol’s culture; as part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover.

Words: Delroy Hibbert, @crossingthedanny

The 4 Pillars Bristol day event takes place on Saturday 12th August will be a multi arts event with film, music, graffiti and dance. There will be short films, documentaries, archived material from back in the day. 

Outdoor Jam at St Pauls, Carnival. Image: Kriss Johnson

The Digital Corner will showcase personal archive material and photos from the early days to the present, and there will also be graffiti workshops for young people delivered by artists Inkie & FLX plus more. 

Outside will see MCing, DJing and Breaking hosted by the Ujima Radio roadshow.

Alongside this will be a marketplace selling vintage streetwear, merchandise and artwork from ourselves and local outlets. The event is part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover by Bristol City of Film. 

The day event is from 12-4pm both inside and outside of Sparks in Broadmead (formerly Marks & Spencers)

During the evening, there will be two film screenings to look forward to as film and moving images were always central to the movement and inspired a whole generation of Bristolians, we will be showcasing two classics from the old school era Beat Street and WildStyle (15) that evening also at the same venue.

Festivities will then move to Basement 45 for the official 4 Pillars Afterparty from 10pm. Ticket release to be announced via our socials.

Building on this programme it is our intention to host and deliver more events during the summer and this 50th year of hip hop including a summer programme for young people, a pre-event fundraiser and more so please keep checking out our web pages and socials for more updates and information.

Event Times: 

12.00pm – 4.00pm Day Event & Outside Space At Sparks including graffiti workshops, digital corner, marketplace and the Ujima roadshow featuring breaking, mcing and djing

5.00pm – 7.00pm        Beat Street 

7.30pm – 9.30pm         Wild Style

All these events will be free but the graffiti workshops and film events will require pre-booking. Details of this will be available nearer the date so please do keep an eye on our website and socials.

Sparks, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3DS           

After Party at Basement 45 8 Frogmore St, Bristol BS1 5NA


Tickets which will be released during May, please check the pages below ffi

Our main event pages can be found at, on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook 

Bristol – City of Film