Bristol Festivals supports the sustainable and strategic development of Festivals and Events (arts, heritage, science, sport, food and drink) in the Bristol area, for the benefit of the widest range of audiences in the West of England. Bristol Festivals works with a range of public and private sector partners to celebrate and strengthen the city’s vibrant events culture.
Our vision is to support and develop a sustainable festival sector and drive public engagement with culture. Promoting Bristol as a leading destination for cultural festivals and events where everyone visiting, living and working in the city has the opportunity to connect with festivals – as audience, as volunteers, as partners or workforce.
If you would like to become a member of the Bristol Festivals, or would like to partner with us see below.
Bristol Festivals is a registered charity (No.1155901 ) & company limited by guarantee (No. 08604594). Registered Office: 1 Unity Street, BS1 5HH.
Become a Member
Together we’re stronger: Bristol Festivals is driven by the strengths of our members.
Join a network of over 30 leading Bristol independent festival and event organisers. Support the development of a strong resilient unified sector. Benefits include:
Access to bi-monthly Forum Meetings. Social & professional networking opportunities, skills-sharing & communication with Bristol City Council & Destination Bristol
Access to the Bristol Festivals Hub including affordable office space and discounted use of meeting rooms
Receive regular updates through our monthly email bulletins
Promotion of events and news through the Bristol Festivals website listings
Promotion of events on social media marketing outlets
Promotion of events through data sharing and cross email marketing facilities
Priority access to BCC Licensing Drop-in sessions, news and funding updates
Festival and events training throughout the year
Bristol Festivals operates a shared working hub on Unity Street, where members are welcome to use the meeting facilities & hire flexible office space at reduced rates.
For enquiries regarding use of Bristol City Council owned land for outdoor events, please contact Bristol City Council’s outdoor events team directly. Details available online here.
Bristol Festivals host drop-in sessions with Bristol City Council’s outdoor events team for any individual or organisation wishing to hold on council owned land.
The sessions, held on the first Monday and third Tuesday of each month, last 30 minutes and are an opportunity to meet with the council’s team and receive guidance on the site permission process and what to consider during your planning.
For more information and to book a session, click here.