Bristol Harbour Festival 2024

BID Lead

Bristol City Centre BID and Redcliffe & Temple BID will sponsor this year’s festival with investment ensuring enhanced involvement of dBs Institute and Access Creative College.

Project Type
March 2024

Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the UK’s biggest free-to-attend events, attracting around 250,000 people across the long weekend in what is a unique opportunity to showcase the city’s rich maritime, musical and cultural heritage. Delivered by Bristol City Council, this year will also see two of the city’s Business Improvement Districts, Bristol City Centre BID and Redcliffe & Temple BID, become key stakeholders in the event – bringing the business community to the heart of the festival.

For 2024, Bristol Harbour Festival will be curated, produced and delivered by international events production agency, Proud Events, in partnership with immersive theatre and events company, Swans Events. The client roster of the two organisations includes UK Black Pride, The Cambridge Club, Wychwood Festival, Sheffield Food Festival, Festival of the Sea Grimsby and Lightopia Festival.

An on-the-ground steering group has been brought together, to assist in curating a festival that represents both local ethos and talent as well as international best practice in event operations and production. Local organisations on board include cultural icons Bristol Old VicWatershedBristol PrideACH Refugee Integration Services Provider and Bristol Community Ferry Boats Ltd. amongst many more, in order to represent the diverse communities and businesses that Bristol is proud to play home to.

The steering group will meet regularly in the lead up to the Bristol Harbour Festival to agree on the many facets of the event and ensure neighbourhoods, groups and districts across the city are represented throughout the three-day festival.

The wide-spread stages that are synonymous with the Bristol Harbour Festival will continue to include stellar acts spanning the genres of music, circus, theatre, on the water and more. New additions and areas are set to join the line-up for 2024, with more information yet to be revealed.

Previous editions of the Bristol Harbour Festival have seen more than 80% of the acts and entertainment on offer coming through the Expression of Interest application form. As such, applications are open to everyone and anyone looking to share their talent.

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