Arcadia: Metamorphosis

Arcadia Spectacular and its world-famous mechanical spider, built in Bristol from 50 tonnes of recycled military hardware, is set to land in Queen Square, bringing together the past and the future in a seminal moment of spectacle.

We're hugely excited to bring Arcadia home to Bristol for our first inner city UK show. Bristol and its community have been so influential in our evolution, and it's a real honour to play such a key role in the city's life during such an important year. We hope it will be a memorable moment of unity that celebrates the inspirational possibilities of what can be done with the world’s waste. 

Arcadia's founders, Pip Rush and Bert Cole

Taking place on 4/5 September, this will be Arcadia’s first ever city-centre event, combining cutting-edge sculpture, music, special effects and huge-scale pyrotechnics to deliver a truly unforgettable weekend.

‘Metamorphosis’, a brand new show, which will be unveiled at Glastonbury Festival in June, is being brought to Bristol as part of the city’s year as European Green Capital. It will see the conversion of Arcadia’s signature flames to biofuel – creating the world’s first recycled biofuel pyrotechnics system.

Set against the backdrop of the historic Georgian square, Metamorphosis will see the Spider come alive as a living organism, fusing sustainable ideas with art and music, to create a spectacular symphony of transformation.

Metamorphosis is one of six projects funded by Arts Council England’s Exceptional Award, as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. The event will be produced by Team Love, in partnership with Brisfest.

The full premises licence for Queen Square has been submitted and will be subject to standard licensing procedures, consultations and approval.

Tickets will go on sale from today (14th May), and will begin at £25. The artist line-up will be announced in June.

Protecting the environment of the square is incredibly important to us. A full waste management plan is in place for the event, which will involve a full clean-up of Queen Square and all of the surrounding areas that may be affected. A comprehensive waste separation and recycling plan for all waste collected is also in place. The contractor handling litter picking and waste collection has a wealth of experience in working with major events of this scale. The clean-up will commence after the event closes on both nights, and is expected to be complete by 6am on Saturday/Sunday respectively.



Queen Square

Event type

  • Attractions
  • Music & Nightlife
  • Theatre & Performance

Event organiser

Bristol 2015, Arts Council



Bristol map showing Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East
Cabot, Clifton and Clifton East