Bristol Festivals is one of many charitable organisations that is taking part today in the UK’s national day of giving and doing good stuff for charity – #givingtuesday – powered by The Charities Foundation.
Today, people and business from all over Britain, will join in with supporting all kinds of different charities, donating money, time or skills to further a good cause.
Did you know, Bristol Festivals is a charity that you could support too?
What does Bristol Festivals do?
Bristol Festivals is a networking organisation that supports, develops and advocates for the festival and events sector in Bristol. We do this by creating projects and opportunities for festival organisers to help them grow and deliver their extraordinary events for more engaged, diverse audiences across Bristol and beyond.
We want to address some of the vital challenges faced by the festival and events sector, including: combined audience research; knowledge gaps; skills development and retention; access for all to cultural career pathways and volunteering opportunities.
What are our current projects?
We’re developing training opportunities for festival organisers to plug knowledge gaps, retaining and cultivating both employed and freelance staff, and for volunteers to get ‘event ready’ and provide clear pathways to those looking to develop a career in the festival and event industry.
In 2018, we will pilot a ‘Volunteer Bank’, where members of the public (all areas and ages) can register and receive information about opportunities to support the festivals by volunteering time and expertise.
We believe that festivals do a lot of good things for Bristol – they bring people together, share ideas, boost the local economy and increase city-wide tourism. But can’t prove this yet. Audience based research will help us develop evidence which we can use to advocate for the sector and bring in further investment.
These projects will act as building blocks to strengthen and bring resilience to the festivals and events that make Bristol such a vibrant and stimulating place to live, work and have fun in.
How can I help?
There are three ways you could help us today on #givingtuesday and in the future. If you’d like to make a donation – large or small, one off or regular – you can do so through Paypal on our Support Us page. If you’re not able to do that, then we’d be just as grateful if you could help us spread the word. If you are interested in getting involved with any of the projects, sign up to our newsletter where we will share more information as the projects develop, including ways in which you can participate and support the festivals by joining our Volunteer Bank – launching in the spring.
Another way you can help is by sharing this story and the tag #givingtuesday on Facebook or Twitter and help spread the story of what we do.