Forwards festival debuts in Bristol this weekend with Chemical Brothers + Jamie xx

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FORWARDS – the major new music festival, in Bristol, for the Future – marks its debut this week with FORWARD THINKERS, a new multifaceted portrait series and on-site exhibition spotlighting the influential faces and forces of tomorrow.

Putting forward-thinking conversation side-by-side with an epic music lineup, FORWARDS aims to kickstart a new breed of inner city festival. The newly commissioned series by documentary photographer Chris Hoare, celebrates six of the trailblazing speakers appearing at the inaugural edition of FORWARDS as part of the INFORMATION programme, the festival’s dedicated space for examination and debate on today’s most pressing cultural issues.

Following the trajectories and opinions of some of Bristol’s most cutting-edge campaigners and creatives, FORWARD THINKERS is a love letter to the city, told through the individual stories of six changmakers. Driven by the momentum of the contributors, these portraits offer a window into the lives of a future generation already driving change from within Bristol.

The portraits are captured by Bristol-born photographer Chris Hoare, whose work focuses on overlooked areas of society and themes of identity and place. Imbued with the closing light of summer, ahead of the festival, the imagery juxtaposes the urban city environment with the natural surroundings of The Downs.

An on-site exhibition of FORWARD THINKERS will place the intimate portraits side- by-side with inspirational quotes from the individuals, capturing a pivotal moment of time in Bristol’s history and offering an insight into a future filled with hope.

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