Bristol Harbour Festival

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Bristol Harbour Festival returns from 15 - 17 July 2022 for its 50th anniversary edition. 

The festival attracts over 250,000 visitors to enjoy over 120 hours of entertainment, across seven stages from spoken word to the latest Bristol musical talent, local dance performers, world class circus and on-water activity.

Each area of the one mile long festival is carefully developed by the Bristol Harbour Festival programmers Cirque Bijou, Thekla, Trinity Community Arts, Tony Benjamin, My Future My Choice, Rebecca Tantony, Grain Barge, Brunel's ss Great Britain and Jelli Records. A fleet of feature vessels are expected in the harbour as well as over 300 visiting boats, yachts and ships. 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary year, organisers will introduce the theme of ‘Ebb and Flow’ to the festival, looking at the changing face of the city in line with the transformation of the harbour over the last half a century. With many from outside of the city making Bristol their home, this year’s festival will look to engage the diverse range of communities that exist here and bring these to life throughout the four day event. Eight artists will work with seven communities and community partners to bring to life stories reflecting the ebb and flow of the people of Bristol through installations around the harbour, creating a performative and interactive trail. 

Accessibility is top of the agenda for festival organisers this year with changing place toilets including a Mobiloo in Millennium Square, raised and designated viewing areas installed in key areas and a new respite area launched in M Shed for those requiring a break from the action packed programme. WECIL and SENSE will also be in place in Millennium Square to provide sensory play and inclusive workshops for young people.

This year the festival will be supported by South West based drinks partners Thatchers, Bath Ales and gin company Tarquins.
Bristol Harbour Festival is organised by Bristol City Council. 

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Dates: (15 July 2022 - 17 July 2022)


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