When: 26th – 28th July 2013
Where: Across Bristol including the harbour, Queen Square, Castle Park and Millennium Square
What is it?
The Bristol Harbour Festival attracts thousands of visitors along the two-mile stretch of the harbour with entertainment including dance, music, children’s activities, an on-water programme and circus performances.
The festival stretches along the picturesque harbourside where visitors can enjoy a huge variety of entertainment from the upbeat world music and festival food markets in Queen Square to the dedicated children’s area in Castle Park and the dance stage in Millennium Square. In addition to the land based entertainment, there will be plenty of maritime activities in Bristol’s historic harbour along with roaming street artists and circus acts.
The festival is a rich and diverse platform for the city’s wealth of creativity, from dance performers to circus acts and a variety of musical stages including walking bands and interactive theatre. Musically, the Queen Square stage is filled with the best of local music acts and visiting national and international artists, creating a fantastic atmosphere for picnicking and dancing. The Cascade Steps stage offers a mellow location on the water with acoustic musicians and slam poetry.
The Castle Park area will offer an array of lively children friendly activities including playful storytelling, creative activities, face painting and interactive performances. Cirque Bijou will have fun, lively and unique activities to dazzle the crowds with a full circus stage, complete with aerial and static trapeze performers, juggling, acrobatics and hoop artists.
The Bristol Harbour Festival is now in its 42nd year having launched in 1971. It is one of a number of events and festivals organised by Bristol City Council to promote the city’s cultural offering and help support the city’s economy. The Bristol Harbour Festival is estimated to attract 250,000 visits over the weekend.
More info: www.bristolharbourfestival.co.uk