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.
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:
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 membership details please contact: email@example.com
Liz Harkman, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marietta Kirkbride, Development Coordinator: email@example.com
Daryn Carter – Bristol Pride
Colin Gorrie – Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival
Ben Hardy – REM Events
Darren Roberts – Bristol City Council – Culture
Anna Rutherford – Consultant (Co-Chair)
Kate Ward – In Between Time
Rich Warren – Encounters Festival (Co-Chair)
Savita Willmott – Bristol Natural History Consortium
Bristol Festivals 1 Unity Street Bristol BS1 5HH
General and Membership enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing enquiries (amendments or additions to listings): email@example.com
Phone number: 07568 916744
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.
Sessions are held at the Bristol Festivals Hub, 1 Unity Street, Bristol BS1 5HH.
For more information and to book a session, click here.
Bristol Festivals is a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations and arts practitioners, large and small, funded (Arts Council, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol.
We meet regularly to advocate for the sector and to discuss and inform policy, as well as forming working groups in response to specific issues and to develop shared activity. This thinking feeds directly into the wider cultural conversations happening at a high level in the city through the Cultural Strategy Steering Group.
The group’s members work across different scales and different artforms; some specialise in participatory opportunities, others seek out an audience; some charge, some don’t; and some provide complex programmes that sit across a number of strands.
Together, we are committed to the successful future of our city, and the creativity of both Bristol and Bristolians.
Other network members include Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Artspace Lifespace, Field Art Projects, Circomedia, Architecture Centre, Colston Hall, Bristol Culture, Room 13, The British Paraorchestra and Friends, Zion, The Trinity Centre and many others including independent artists.
If you are an independent artist, practitioner or smaller organisation unable to attend a meeting, you can share ideas, views and concerns with us via Theatre Bristol who help to administer the group, or one of the members. We are working on a bursary scheme to help those who are independent to be involved, particularly in working groups and sitting on the committee. If this is you please contact us via Sarah at Theatre Bristol (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your requirements.
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch for more information, via email@example.com