The summer's not quite over, so let's remember the birthday celebrations at Upfest and the Balloon Fiesta

August 24 2018
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Bad weather failed to prevent the crowds turning out for the 10th Upfest street art festival and the 40th International Balloon Fiesta

Top picture: The most prominent spot in Upfest, the wall opposite Aldi in North Street, is the site for "Be More Lisa" – a celebration of the fiesty Simpsons character by Nomad Clan

Balloon lift-off, by Roger Turner


We have lift-off: Voice reader Roger Turner captures the spectacle of a mass balloon ascent at Ashton Court

Nightglow by Roger Turner

Nothing could spoil the magic of the Nightglow. By Roger Turner

Otter mural by Andy Council

Otter magic: An off-road mural for Upfest, by Totterdown artist Andy Council, on a Wessex Water pumping station near Cumberland Basin


IT WAS a shame that high winds prevented people in South Bristol from seeing as many balloons flying over their homes as usual.

But there was some fine weather over the weekend of August 9-12 and Voice reader Roger Turner was kind enough to send us his pictures.

At Upfest, too, bad weather affected part of the weekend at the end of July, but crowds, including many internatioanl visitors, thronged the streets of Bedminster and Southville.

To mark Upfest's 10th anniversary, the world's biggest animated TV stars, The Simpsons, were the featured characters, and popped up everywhere.