Bristol Harbour Festival credit Paul Box

Proud Events and Swans Events to deliver Bristol Harbour Festival 2024

Proud Events, the events production agency, and Swans Events, the immersive theatre and events company, will curate, produce and deliver Bristol Harbour Festival for the first time.

Bristol Harbour Festival, which showcases the city’s maritime and cultural heritage, is one of the UK’s biggest free-to-attend events and attracts around 250,000 people to the city across the long weekend.

Proud Events and Swans Events have worked together on UK Black Pride, The Cambridge Club, Wychwood Festival, Sheffield Food Festival, Festival of the Sea Grimsby, and Lightopia Festival, and will now deliver the event after winning a competitive tender process.

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 Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Bristol Pride, ACH Refugee Integration Services Provider, and Bristol Community Ferry Boats.

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 festival will continue to include 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.

Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol, said: “Bristol’s Harbour Festival is a key date in our city’s calendar, and an essential platform for aspiring local artists and talent to perform in front of huge audiences. We are proud that we have continued to keep the city’s largest festival, which is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Bristol’s diverse creativity and talent, as a free event for all. We can look forward to celebrating together and bringing another brilliant free festival to Bristol this summer.”

Harry Feigen, managing director of Proud Events, said: “It’s fantastic to be bringing the iconic Bristol Harbour Festival to life in collaboration with an array of Bristol’s leading institutions. Partnering with Bristol City Council, Bristol City Centre BID, Redcliffe and Temple BID and a host of stakeholders from key cultural organisations in the city, the 2024 Bristol Harbour Festival will aim to represent the diverse communities and initiatives that live and operate in Bristol. The local steering group will provide unrivalled insight into the grassroots communities here – and we are keen to use the iconic platform of the festival to celebrate as many as possible.”

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