Submerge present visceral, challenging and immersive digital arts, made by diverse artists from all walks of life. We believe in the power of arts to enrich lives, encourage people to think about the world from new perspectives and bring communities together.
Submerge produce Bristol International Digital Arts Festival (BIDAF), a multi-artform festival of theatre, music, installation, sound and digital art, clubs, talks and workshops. The festival is produced in partnership with Watershed, We The Curious, Colston Hall, Arnolfini and Loco Klub.
Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival 2016
Submerge BIDAF 2016 brought together a pioneering mix of live performance, audiovisual art and electronic music throughout an array of unusual venues in Bristol; from an 18th century church to a former mortuary.
Submerge was the first festival of its kind in Bristol, presenting local and international musicians and artists who wouldn’t normally be shown together, and who are rarely seen in the Southwest. Each of the eight festival events offered audiences a diverse, visceral and immersive art experience. Audiences could attend the whole festival, or choose individual events.
“It was hard not to submit to the chills when realizing this whole event may not have been legitimized in other public spaces. Submerge Festival, Horseplay and Old Coroners Court allowed a space for the LGBT community to express themselves freely, explicitly, and without prejudice.”
Funmibi Ogunlesi, Intermission:Magazine
“The effect is ethereal and strangely meditative, almost like watching giant fireflies dance against the wall of a cave. It seemed to me to encapsulate the territory Submerge is trying to navigate: between experimental music, performance art and audio-visual installation, straddling terrains both familiar and thoroughly alien.”
Adam Quarshie, Bristol 247
The first edition of the festival was made possible with the kind support of Arts Council England, Watershed, Colston Hall, Mayk, Theatre Bristol and Crack Magazine.
Review: Submerge Festival, Dive – Bristol 247, 2016
Review: Submerge Festival, Ghosts – Bristol 247, 2016
Review: Submerge Festival, Into The Deep – Bristol 247, 2016
Review: Ghosts at Submerge Festival – Exeunt Magazine, 2016
Review: The Cube at Submerge Festival – Exeunt Magazine, 2016
Review: Submerge Festival, The Ascent – Intermission Magazine, 2016