This annual, one-day event is organised by local people on the Southmead Festival Committee in partnership with the Bristol City Council, Safer Bristol, the police, NHS Public Health - Health Improvement, Southmead Youth Centre Bristol, Neighbourhood Initiatives and Neighbourhood Partnership and many local organisations and residents groups.
Visitors to the festival can take part in - and enjoy - a range of events and activities, including a car boot sale, rugby tournament, face painting, live music performance & dance stage, dance classes, information stalls, food, craft workshops, cycling advice and funfair rides.
I was the Festival Organiser and Community Liaison for two years in 2010 and 2011, and it is an area and festival I love dearly with great community participation; reaching far and wide to hard-to-reach communities based at the local council estates.
The aim of the day is to encourage more residents to get together and celebrate all that’s good about living and working in Southmead - and to enjoy live music and dance by some of the city’s top performance artists.
The Southmead Festival has been running for 45 years and was originally organised by the Southmead Community Council. It is a free, open-air event for the people of Southmead and surrounding areas.
The festival is attended by approximately 1500 residents and is a great opportunity for outside organisations to come to Southmead and share new ideas, ignite interest and provide experiences for residents in the areas of Sustainable food, energy and transport.
2010 and 2011