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Ten things to do in Bristol this week

Chinese New Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery 2015
© Adam Saunders

From pancakes and dragons, to Shakespeare and hip hop - Bristol is as eclectic as ever this week. Here's our pick of ten great things to keep you busy this week. 


Highrise & Fall, Centrespace Gallery, until Wednesday 18 Feb, free
You have until Wednesday to catch this exhibition of work by established artists, post-grads and current students from UWE’s fine art, illustration and graphic design courses.


Ching He Huang at Harvey Nichols, Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar, Monday 16 – Thursday 26 February
Celebrate Chinese New Year in style at Harvey Nichol’s Second Floor Bar, as internationally acclaimed chef Ching He Huang curates an exclusive menu for two weeks. 


The Great Easton Pancake Race, St Marks Road, Tuesday Feb 17
Mark Shrove Tuesday in the best possible way – running down St Marks Road tossing a pancake in the air and struggling to catch it as crowds of people ‘cheer’ you on. Now in its tenth year, this year’s race has an ‘animals’ dress code and meets at 7pm outside Thali Café.


Romeo & Juliet, Factory Theatre, 19 Feb – 4 April, £16-£24
The ultimate tale of boy meets girl, Shakespeare’s masterpiece begins a six-week run at Factory Theatre this week.


Upper Echelon, Start The Bus, Friday Feb 20, £3
New night Upper Echelon is here to change your preconceptions of city-centre weekend R&B and hip-hop parties. They invite London/LA outfit Southern Hospitality to their debut party at Start The Bus on Friday to help them do so.


Love Is Strange
If you've not yet caught Ira Sachs' hugely charming modern tale of gay marriage starring Ben Lithgow and George Molina, there's still time. Read what Time Out thought here.


Krankbrother, Motion, Friday Feb 20, £14.50
If house and techno is your thing, Motion will be spoiling you on Friday as Ibiza/London promoters and DJs Krankbrother roll into town with Gerd Janson, Levon Vincent, Margaret Dygas and Move D. 


Chinese New Year, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 Feb, £2.50
The Year of the Sheep begins this weekend, so head to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for a packed programme of events and activities. Expect lion dancing, martial arts and music, and tours of the museum’s Chinese collection and Ahead Of The Curve exhibition.


Fog Bridge, Pero's Bridge, until Sunday Feb 22
Some of you love it, some of you hate it. You have until Sunday to see what all the fuss about, as Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya's foggy art installation shrouds Pero's Bridge in mist at regular intervals throughout the week.


Make Your Own Shaun The Sheep, Foyles Cabot Circus,  Sunday Feb 22, £3
If you’re stuck looking after your (or someone else’s) kids on Sunday, head to Foyles in Cabot Circus where Aardman’s George Watson will be giving model-making workshops. Book tickets for either the 12:30 or 2.30 workshop here.