Sunday 9 February 2014

Less than ONE WEEK to go!

We have now released all the exact details of our flashmob on 14th February, and the word is spreading around Bristol.

Women from the National Blood Service pledge to RISE

Farzana Saker
Everyone has their own reasons for rising with us....

Awesome man, awesome ties

The Format of the day will be:
  • A flashmob at Clifton Down shopping centre at 3pm, followed by marching and chanting down Whiteladies Road, past the triangle and down Park Street to College Green. 
  • A second dance on College Green at 4pm. From there we will march across the centre of Bristol and up Corn Street to the Corn Exchange 
  • A third dance outside the Corn Exchange at 4.30pm, followed by a march back down Corn Street to the fountains on St Augustine’s Parade
  • A fourth dance by the cascade steps at 4.45pm, followed by a final march down the waterfront and into Millennium Square by 5pm. 
  • A final candlelit flashmob at 5.15pm in Millennium Square. 
“Like” our page on facebook for live updates about our location on the day!

Fatima Awil from FORWARD is RISING to END F.G.M. We love you Fatima!

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will be joining us at 4pm on College Green

Heatherington Murray at St Werburgh's Community Centre

It would be great if you could join us for all 5 dances, and lots of loud marching and chanting in between. We've got the Bristol Ambling Band to accompany us through the streets, so we'll definitely be noticed! But if you can only make it to one or two, that's great too! The more the merrier!

The last dance will be a candlelit flashmob at 5.15pm in MILLENNIUM SQUARE, followed by an open mic session. Anyone who wishes to share a story, poem, song, rap or anything else can grab the mic and do so. If you can't make it on the day, and would like us to share your story for you, anonymously or otherwise, please send it to us and we will read it out for you.

James Barke

Like our facebook page ( and follow us on twitter (@bristolrise) for news & changes to the schedule, and live updates on the day.

Kate Cooke

Layla Ismail, FORWARD
DRESSCODE: Wear BLACK & RED and bring your dancing shoes! Dress appropriately for the weather and the time of year (it will be getting dark while we do it, so wear layers!) If it rains, we’ll get wet!

Lisa Zimmerman of Integrate Bristol

Liz from Second Step

Nimko Ali from Daughters of Eve will be RISING in London

Sam Gillies
Sarah Borland

Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is holding her own flashmob at police headquarters in Portishead! 

We will be dancing to the official One Billion Rising song “Break the Chain” and also to Katy Perry’s “Roar”. You can find the choreography for both dances on YouTube:

Isobel Trout - Bristol Youth Mayor

Sam Hudson & Claire Scrivener from Bristol Uni VAGSOC

Sarah Coats will be dancing her own moves!

"ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME . That is ONE BILLION WOMEN. In 2013 ONE BILLION PEOPLE shook the earth through dance to end violence against women and girls. This year, we are calling on women and men everywhere to harness their power and imagination to RISE FOR JUSTICE. JOIN US!" -

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Mayor George Ferguson pledges to join One Billion Rising Bristol 2014!

5th February 2014: This Valentine’s Day, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will once again join local organisation Bristol Rise and activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE. The campaign will build upon the energy and momentum that was created on 14th February last year, when hundreds of thousands of activists in 207 countries came together to rise, strike, and dance, in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

The ‘flashmob’ event on Friday 14th February will start with a dance at 3pm at Clifton Down Shopping Centre on Whiteladies Road. The parade will then travel down Whiteladies Road, past the triangle, and down Park Street to College Green where the Mayor will join them at 4pm. Bristol Rise would like to encourage the local community to join in and show their support for this important issue.
The Mayor addressing the crowd at One Billion Rising 2013

Bristol Rise was formed after the One Billion Rising event in 2013. “We’re really excited that Mayor George Ferguson will be dancing with us again!” said Martina Gilli, 24, secretary of Bristol Rise and resident of Bedminster. “And we hope that the city of Bristol will come out in full force to dance, walk, sing and protest with us”.
Bristol joins many other towns and cities across the UK in hosting this flashmob, including a large event in Trafalgar Square backed by the London Mayor Boris Johnson, in calling for change and dancing the signature One Billion Rising dance, “Break the Chain”
This year’s UK campaign is backed by Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP, the Shadow Minister for Business Stella Creasy MP, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC as well as a host of celebrities including the actress Thandie Newton. 
Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, said: “On 14th February, I will be proud to be amongst the one billion people rising up to say we no longer accept violence against women and girls. In the UK, two women a week are killed by a partner or an ex and one in five 999 calls are for domestic abuse. There’s growing violence in teenage relationships and too many women still face harassment and threats on the street or online. This must not continue. One Billion Rising is an opportunity for us all to stand up and demand action to keep women and girls safe.”

More Detailed Information about the flashmob event
The format for the event on 14th February will be:
·         A flashmob at Clifton Down shopping centre at 3pm, followed by marching and chanting down Whiteladies Road, past the triangle and down Park Street to College Green.
·         A second dance on College Green at 4pm. From there they will march across the centre of Bristol and up Corn Street to the Corn Exchange
·          A third dance outside the Corn Exchange at 4.30pm, followed by a  march back down Corn Street to the fountains on St Augustine’s Parade.
·         A fourth dance by the cascade steps at 4.45pm, followed by a final march down the waterfront and into Millennium Square by 5pm.
·         A final candlelit flashmob at 5.15pm in Millennium Square.

Reporters are welcome to come along to film and take photographs.

For media enquiries, more information, images and interviews, please email
Follow us on Twitter: @bristolrise @OBRUK_1; @VDay; #1billionrising; #rise4justice

More Detailed Information about the campaign
“This year, we will focus on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence” said Jodi Ahmed, 38, of Easton, and founder of Bristol Rise. Survivors like 38-year-old Bristol resident, Anna* (*name has been changed). Anna escaped from her abusive husband in 2013 and is currently fighting not only a custody battle for their son whom he has taken to live with his parents abroad, but also battling breast cancer.
Tragically, Anna’s tale is not unique. Stories like hers are commonplace in Britain and all over the world and the subject of gender violence is seldom far from the UK’s news headlines. Sex gangs, exploitation, female genital mutilation and online trolling have dominated the news agenda over the last year while incidents of domestic violence have risen by 7%.  According to statistics released in January 2013, approximately 85,000 women are raped in England and Wales every year, and an additional 400,000 women are sexually assaulted.
Those gathered at the Bristol event will demand an end to such abuse and call for the modernisation of compulsory sex and relationship education in British schools. Specific calls to action for 2014 include:
·         Making Sex and Relationship Education compulsory in UK schools via amendments to the Children and Families Bill.
·         The repeal of visa laws that tie domestic workers to their employers and put them at serious risk of exploitation and abuse.
·         An end to the detention of women seeking asylum in the UK.

V-Day Founder and award winning playwright, Eve Ensler said: “In 2013, one billion rose around the world to end violence against women and girls in the biggest mass action in the history of the world. This year we are escalating and connecting the dots. We are rising for gender, economic, racial, and environmental Justice. We are rising and dancing with our bodies, to end the violations towards our bodies and the body of the earth.”

Lynne Franks, lead organiser of the UK campaign added, “It is a crucial time for London to be taking a leadership role in this major international campaign.  As a global hub, we have the opportunity to amplify the key messages of One Billion Rising from our event at Trafalgar Square to the rest of the world.”

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Bristol Rise supports Zero Tolerance to FGM

This Thursday 6th February, Bristol Rise will be performing our One Billion Rising flashmob dances at a Zero Tolerance to FGM day, at City Academy, Redfield.

The day is hosted by Integrate Bristol and Daughters of Eve, two charities that lead ongoing campaigns against FGM and VAWG in the UK. Christine Townsend, a trustee of Integrate Bristol says, “… there is still work to be done, the issues are still there, but the 6th of February 2013 will be about celebrating the fantastic work the young people have done and continue to do.”

The young people aim to create a culture of speaking out and challenging all forms of violence against women and girls. Bristol is very quickly becoming the leading city in the UK for work against FGM.

“We want schools to take a lead in ensuring future generations are protected against FGM” says Muna, a young trustee of the charity. “Also, when we are mentoring or leading peer education sessions, we often wish there were more resources for the workshops.”

Nimco Ali, co-founder of Daughters of Eve states “this year marks the 10th year since the FGM Act 2003 was passed, making it illegal to commit FGM outside the United Kingdom. But still we have failure not to just prosecute but also to protect girls at risk. This year the young people of Bristol will speak out and stand united not only against FGM but all forms of VAWG.

Who's invited and how to book
ANYONE who is interested in learning more about the work of young people in Bristol helping to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Just turn up on the day City Academy Bristol Feb 6th 3.30-6pm

Location: City Academy Bristol (opens in a new window)

Date: Thursday 6 February 2014, 15:30

We would love for lots of people to join in our dance to promote the flashmob. If you can come along, please contact us on facebook, or email us

Saturday 1 February 2014

A whole lotta fun, with PRIZES TO BE WON!

We are very excited about ONE BILLION RISING, coming up in February. On Friday 14th February we will be joining millions of others across the globe by dancing in the streets of Bristol, to raise awareness about violence towards women around the world! It was so much fun last year, we can't wait! Here's a taste of what it was like last year, see if you can spot Bristol!!

Our final Flashmob location will be MILLENNIUM SQUARE on Friday 14th February at 5pm. We will be lighting hundreds of candles and dancing under the stars from 5.15pm. Join us! Tell your friends, family, neighbours and colleaugues! Let's see if we can fill the whole square!!

Last year, we raised over £2000 for Nextlink, a great charity who provide specialist domestic abuse services for women and children in Bristol. This year, we will raising money for local Bristol charity One25, who do fantastic work with women who are trapped in, or vulnerable to, street sex work in Bristol, "supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction". All the ticket money from our gig at the Exchange will go to them, and we will also be selling raffle tickets for them. Check out these tempting prizes you can win:

· A voucher to spend at CLIFTON HAIR STUDIO
· A £20 FOOD VOUCHER to spend at the GRAIN BARGE
· TWO TICKETS to see "Dark Vanilla Jungle" at the TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRE
· A PAINTING by Hannah Cole
· A CHINESE MASSAGE with Integrated Chinese Medicine
· TWO WEEKEND TICKETS to GRILLSTOCK FESTIVAL 7th-8th June, Bristol Harbourside
· TWO CINEMA TICKETS to a film of your choice at the WATERSHED

MASSIVE THANKS to all the local people and businesses who have donated these prizes. Tickets are £1 each or 6 for £5 and will be sold at our flashmob on Friday 14th Feb and at our gig at the Exchange on Saturday 15th Feb. The raffle draw will take place on Sunday 16th February and results will be posted here on our blog.

Hope to see you in February!

Monday 27 January 2014


We can now reveal that the Bristol One Billion Rising Flashmob will be starting at:

Meet us inside the shopping centre at 3pm this Valentine's Day, Friday 14th February 2014.

Wear BLACK & RED and bring your dancing shoes!

Have a look at our EVENTS PAGE for more info.

Wednesday 22 January 2014

One Billion Rising 2014

We have an exciting couple of dance-filled days coming up in February!

On FRIDAY 14th FEB we will be doing a series of FLASHMOBS around Bristol for One Billion Rising 2014. The locations will be revealed soon; Like our facebook page for updates, or check our twitter feed and facebook page on the day for a live update on where we are! You can see the dance on YouTube now! Get practising!

Then on SATURDAY 15th FEB we've got a Dance & Information Day at the TRINITY CENTRE in Easton. There will be dance workshops, refreshments, a kids’ stay&play area, and information about where to seek help if you or someone you know are experiencing or have experienced abuse. It will be women-only from 12-3pm, and then mixed from 3-4pm. 

Then in the evening, also on SATURDAY 15th FEB, from 7pm until 4am, come and let your hair down and dance with us at the Exchange on Old Market Street. We've got some of the best talent from the South West playing and all proceeds will go to Bristol charity One25, who provide much-needed support for female street workers in Bristol.

See our EVENTS PAGE for more info on all of this.

Thursday 24 October 2013

Latest news

Bristol Rise will be participating in the White Ribbon event at Bristol's City Hall on Tuesday 19 November 2013. The event starts at 11am and Mayor George Ferguson will  be present to receive the White Ribbon City Certificate on behalf of the city.