Exclusive: The End of Creative Common


Written by James Ratcliffe
15 Wednesday 15th January 2014

Creative Common has captured both the public’s imagination, won over the local business and community, while providing audiences from Bristol, the UK and Europe with an attractive and much-enjoyed cultural destination that has been recognized as a flagship meanwhile use project both locally and Europe-wide.

Creative Common has brought 300 artists and performers into the Enterprise Zone with almost 8,000 people attending the opening show Bianco by NoFit State Circus. The project generated an equivalent of 126 full time equivalent jobs, far exceeding the original target of 58. Bristol Temple Quarter aims to create 17,000 jobs over 25 years. Whilst the 2013 team have now stepped down, the legacy of the temporary use project will continue in to the new year with both The Goods Yard and Yurt Lush staying on the site until Autumn 2014.

Don't Panic spoke to director Esther O’Callaghan OBE about the last two years at Creative Common. 

5 highlights of the year

Mr Scruff “Keep It Unreal”
Invisible Circus ‘Under the Dark Moon’
Sheelanagig, John Langan Band and The Destroyers
The Carny Villain’s closing Limelight Lounge

How popular has Creative Common been compared to previous years?

I got in a Dad’s Cab a few weeks back and asked the driver to take me to Temple Quay. The driver sat for a few seconds then turned round and said: do you mean Creative Common — when the cabbies know where you are, that’s the litmus test.

Which event organisers/promoters have been the best to work with?

Dave and the AGRO Crew brilliant
Bristol Bike Carnivelo
Kings of Ping as always
Ujima and BCFM radio have been really supportive through the whole of 2013 so special thanks to Paul Hassan and all the crew there.

Have any organisers/promoters been a nightmare to work with?

I couldn’t possibly comment!

Why is Bristol such a great city to host the Creative Common in?

Because 80% of the people who attended shows and used the site are within Bristol postcode — that’s a really decent local turnout and also great that it attracted people from across the country too, including Birmingham, Manchster, Cardiff and Exeter.


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