Local Events We Run
Our flagship event, Brisfest, is the city’s major not-for-profit festival showcasing the “Best of the South-West” across music, art, circus, street theatre and comedy. Running since 2008 it started out in the city centre before expanding to the beautiful Ashton Court estate for up to 20,000 people a day with headliners from Primal Scream to Del La Soul and Roni Size. It supports over 100 up-and-coming local acts a year, offering major showcase opportunities, artists development seminars and routes into international media and agencies.
Rave on Avon, Stokes Croft Takeover
Rave on Avon started life in 2008 as the multi-venue dance-music afterparty for Brisfest. In 2012 we merged this event with Stokes Croft Streetfest as we took over up to 10 clubs in the city’s vibrant Stokes Croft area for a day and night of local DJs and bands. Like all our events this aims to be affordable and showcase the best of the local region.Read more here, and find out about the latest instalment.
Stokes Croft Streetfest
Running from 2010-2011 before merging with Rave on Avon, Streetfest was a family arts festival including a Crofts Dog Show and the first appearances of outdoor stages and stalls in the Bear Pit as well as other local parks and spaces. This event was free during the day, aimed at generating positive PR for a deprived area, and demonstrating how arts, music and cultural activities could be used to transform previously uninviting places. This successful event engaged highly varied audiences, and the recent blossoming of Stokes Croft stands as testament to the hard work of all those involved, and those that continued their projects in the area year round.
Events We Participate In
World Music Stage 2014 – here we programme a diverse range of live World Music hailing from the Bristol area as well as family workshops and craft classes. The stage is decorated by BFCG decor teams, programmed and run by BFCG volunteers, and provides valuable paid performance opportunities to local artists.
The Hidden Gardens of Whapping Wharf – a new area for the Bristol Harbour Fest in 2014, this ‘green’ area featured 100% recycled decor, solar lighting, a permaculture garden, free shop, yurt building classes, pedal-powered activities and a whole host of other stalls and workshops with a sustainable theme. This was centred around a beautiful hand-decorated stage, programmed and run by BFCG volunteers, again offering valuable paid performance opportunities to local artists from acoustic trios to magic shows and storytelling. As part of the Harbourside Festival this was free to enter for audiences.
Our team have worked on numerous areas at Shambala festival -from the first incarnation of the Bling Bar found through a portaloo, to the stunning UFO, and currently the decor production for the Social Club; voted the festival’s most popular venue with a line up of circus, cabaret and music all weekend. This major UK camping festival has been awarded a Greener Festival award with a focus on sustainability throughout.
The Bling Bar has been a staple of Boomtown for several years, programmed and produced by our team and decorated with copious amounts of gold “Bling”. The music policy is bass heavy and features Bristol based acts as well as a scattering of international secret headliners.
Our volunteers work in many areas from decor for backstage Silver Hayes venues to stage teams for West Holt stage, with many gaining routes into paid work at the festival from the site office to running their own venues. Opportunities are offered to our regular volunteers first, so get involved to find out more.