Stokes Croft is the name of a road in Bristol but has in recent years been adopted by local residents to refer to the surrounding area.
While the Bristol area is generally prosperous, Stokes Croft is a pocket of deprivation. Most residents live conventional lives, but many people with alternative lifestyles have been attracted to the area.
Homeless people congregate around certain spots such as the Bear Pit, and there are a number of well-known squats in the area. Meanwhile, small communities of people who want social change have developed and grown. Some of them are politically informed artists and musicians, and many buildings have been decorated with graffiti art, hence the area’s reputation as a cultural quarter.
The Bristol Stokes Croft Riot happened on the 21st April 2011. Although local events triggered the violence, it occurred against the backdrop of an international economic crisis and a national programme of Austerity.
Links To Videos
“stokes croft excavation”
Uploaded to YouTube on 26 Feb 2010 by Mr1984winstonsmith
A dig by homeless people and archaeologists at a corner of Stokes Croft, Bristol.
“Protest at Tesco opening in Bristol”
Uploaded to YouTube on 3 Mar 2010 by undercurrentspaulo
“300 people protested against Tesco locating a store in Stokes Croft, Bristol. Stocks Croft is on Gloucester Road which has one of the highest proportion of independent traders in the UK. “undercurrentspaulo on YouTube
“Ilu Axe performance  at King Square, Bristol, 22 May 2010”
Uploaded to YouTube on 24 May 2010 by trevorgeorgeuk
“Ilu Axé”, a choreographed Samba drumming band, based in Bristol, playing to a packed crowd in King Square, at the Stokes Croft StreetFest in Bristol on 22nd May 2010. Taken with JVC GZ-HM1 Camcorder.
” Graffiti in Stokes Croft – Bristol – Positive”
Uploaded to YouTube on 28 Jun 2010 by m3lodic
“Two short film slapped together very quickly which show a variety of the excellent graffiti-street art as well as the not so attractive form of “tagging” & vandalism found in the lively, colourful area of Stokes Croft, Bristol… random people are then asked to voice their opinions on the matter. The captured footage was then edited to create two films with different themes which express the positive and negative opinions towards the subject.”m3lodic on YouTube
“Bristol Stokes Croft Riot HD (21/04/11)”
Uploaded to YouTube on 22 Apr 2011 by bristolife
“Police barricaded Cheltenham Road in Stokes Croft on the evening of 21/04/11. News reports say that police entered a squatted building opposite a newly built Tesco Express store on suspicion that there were petrol bombs on the premises. Here’s some of what happened later on that night…”bristolife on YouTube
“Why did the Bristol Stokes Croft Riot Happen? A Community-Based View of Events (2011)”
Uploaded to YouTube on 4 May 2011 by Ben Edwards
“We attempt to tell the story of what happened through the eyes of local people building up a picture of the chain of events which led to a riot close to the centre of Bristol. As well as testament filmed over the subsequent days we also include footage from the unrest. We also hope this will help in the understanding of why it happened.”Ben Edwards on YouTube
“”White Riot” as squatters are evicted from squat on Cheltenham Road, Bristol.”
Uploaded to YouTube on 15 May 2011 by Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft
“Apologies because I do not know this man’s name. Peaceful demonstration as squatters are evicted. An insight into life as a member of the traveling/squat Community.”Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft on YouTube
“A journey around Bristol’s People’s Republic of Stokes Croft”
Uploaded to YouTube on 24 Apr 2014 by The Guardian
A journey around Bristol’s People’s Republic of Stokes Croft.
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