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6 Jan 2014 19:00 - 24 Jan 2014

Second Chance 2014

Second Chance is a unique art project presenting an opportunity for citizens to bring their used Christmas trees to a public space and create a contemporary forest in a city. Originally developed in Prague for the New Stage of the National Theatre in 2010, the successful concept is now coming to Bristol where citizens will be able to bring their Christmas trees to Bristol harbour-side on 4 and 5 January 2014 to contribute to an installation that will remain on the square next to the Lloyds amphitheatre throughout January. Accompanied by a live concert of award-winning Czech indie-rock band Please the Trees.

Artists and organizers of Second Chance  will be collecting trees at the site on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 January from 10 AM to 6 PM, and the project will be launched on Monday 6 January at 6 PM with a performance by the appropriately named Czech band Please The Trees. The band will also play a gig at the Windmill club in Brixton, London, on Thursday 9 January.

Residents can drop their trees off at the harbourside between 10am and 6pm on both days. At the close of the project on Saturday 24 January, all the trees will be chipped on site and residents will be invited to take away a bag of chippings for their gardens. Any remaining chippings will be used in Bristol’s parks and gardens.

Second Chance in Bristol 2014 is produced in Bristol by MAYK in partnership with Bristol City Council and Czech Centre London.
SECOND CHANCE Concept: Michaela Klakurková, Marcela Straková and Jan Žaloudek




Please The Trees have been following the trail of inspiration and perfecting their sound for over six years now. The latest fruit of that pilgrimage is their brand new record, A Forest Affair, which also represents something of a fresh departure. Indeed, the Czech band’s indomitable and deep-seated spirit of adventure and keen desire to place themselves firmly in the context of the international music scene led them all the way to California. 

Originally from the forests of a mountainous region in East Bohemia, lead singer and songwriter Vaclav Havelka has for some years been one of the most active figures on Prague’s independent music scene. Alongside performing solo and with a full group line-up, he has written music for several theatre productions (including a staged version of Lars von Trier’s Dogville at the Estates Theater), hosts his own “Natural Bridge” show on alternative station Radio Wave, and – as part of the promotion company Scrape Sound – brings leading international alternative rock and country artists, such as Mudhoney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, to the city. 

The captivating, beautifully produced and stylistically varied A Forest Affair follows 2007’s Lion Prayer and Inkalesh from 2010 and represents the peak of Havelka’s career as a songwriter to date. Legendary are the band's live performances on which Please The Trees build their strong reputation. Past tours of hundreds of shows included Europe, UK, USA and Israel.



Please The Trees - Not This Way (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_D37MKPqGU
Please The Trees - Getting Ready (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qojelL7dfxE
Please The Trees - She Made Love To The Moon (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1nD_WvMeN0

Waterfront Square, Bristol Harbourside

From: 6 Jan 2014 19:00
To: 24 Jan 2014


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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