Bristol’s creative communities have joined forces to create an innovative transformation project, a venue in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone named Creative Common. The Invisible Circus will mark the launch of this exciting development with its ‘God Save the Dream’ event, 1st – 4th June 2012.

Creative Common will become an area that celebrates and showcases Bristol’s renowned creative community whilst providing an environment for small businesses and social enterprises – working with a wide range of partners and communities to make it a success.

The transformation from desolate car park to creative hub is almost complete with a Big Top tent forming the centrepiece which will become home to a range of creative events, shows, workshops, markets and conferences. Reused shipping containers will form a modular, high quality design for a  restaurant while vintage train carriages will provide unique spaces for a variety of uses such as offices and studio spaces.

To celebrate the launch of Creative Common, the Invisible Circus has created the location’s first event, ‘God Save the Dream’ which will take place in The Big Top@Creative Common over the Jubilee weekend and also marks their long awaited return since the group moved from the Island last year. The show, which is an imaginative and unorthodox celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, will be the usual (but never the same) mix of high impact circus, immersive theatre, music and dancing.

Doug Francis of the Invisible Circus, one of the businesses involved in the redevelopment explains;

“Creative Common has been designed to celebrate everything that is good about Bristol. The idea is to use events and good design as the catalyst for realising the Enterprise Zone as a new destination for Bristol. The initiative has been designed to allow Bristol’s creative industry to shape the future of Temple Quarter.”

A newly-formed Community Interest Company will design and manage the space over its planned  two year lifespan in partnership with Homes and Communities Agency, Bristol City Council, Artspace Lifespace, Co-Exist and Circomedia. CODA Architects have  been working as part of the team to deliver a design strategy which is hoped will give the site the greatest flexibility for local creative businesses and individuals to present their work.

Jess Ellis, marketing representative for Creative Common, comments;

“It’s our ambition to create a unique destination and a working model of local enterprise. Circus, theatre and cultural events will showcase Bristol’s celebrated creativity, with a restaurant, pop up food events and workspaces showcasing local enterprise.”

For more information email  Jessica Ellis, Creative Common

Tel – 07813 643307

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Invisible Circus tickets for God Save the Dream are available from and cost £15, £10 conc. Doors open at 8pm and dress code is Kings and Queens at the royal court. Visit