60 strangers from Bristol took part in the film #WeAreBristol – a new campaign which has been launched to celebrate the differences between people in the city.
The campaign has been created by Bristol City Council and various partners, and it is asking people to “positively challenge people to look for similarities with their neighbours and wider areas”.
Since 2018, We Are Bristol has brought citizens from across the city together to collaborate and create extraordinary artwork and events with artists that work across art, theatre, dance, music and activism.
This is an ambitious three year programme developed in partnership with Knowle West Media Centre, Up Our Street and Ambition Lawrence Weston.
Sixty strangers have been randomly chosen for a social experiment led by Bristol University professor Bruce Hood, with the hope of showcasing and celebrating what people from all over the city have in common.
This is taking place amidst the backdrop of the national context, and current Brexit debate, which has seen many argue the nation is more divided than ever.
“We believe that no matter where we’re from, what we believe or how we choose to live our lives, we still have things in common.
“This campaign will celebrate those things and bring people together around the pride we share for our city.”
Participants chosen for the campaign come from a range of backgrounds and different communities in the city. Of the list 34 were women and 26 men, 44 white and 16 other ethnicities, with 32 parts of Bristol represented.
The youngest person is 16, and the oldest 77, with a combined total of 1,181 years experience of living in the city.
The group were asked a series of questions in the film, such as; ‘have you ever been with someone when they die?’ to ‘have you helped someone have a baby?’, and even ‘are you an addict?’
Participants were moved around the room at the Bottle Yard studios where it was filmed, according to what they answered.
As questions increased in their personal nature and intensity, participants were met with applause for their honesty and bravery.
Participants who signed up were unaware of what would happen on arrival.
For more information, look out for the facebook and twitter page with the hashtag #WeAreBristol