Bristol’s biggest FREE event will once again transform the city’s harbourside, with three days of cultural celebrations from July 26th – 28th 2013. The Bristol Harbour Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to explore the two mile stretch of the harbour featuring seven areas including dance, music, children’s activities, a busy on-water programme and phenomenal circus performances.
The festival stretches along the picturesque harbourside and 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, interactive theatre and so much more. The festival stretches two miles along the city’s picturesque harbourside from Brunel’s ss Great Britain to M Shed and from Queen Square to the city’s picturesque Castle Park. There will also be an exciting range of festival markets and food stalls offering visitors a mouth-watering choice of culinary delights.
Musically, the free festival has an impressive line up, drawing on the city’s vibrant music scene, covering a hugely diverse range from soul to folk, and from reggae to funk. The Queen Square stage is filled with the best of local music acts and visiting national and international artists, creating a fantastic atmosphere with picnicking and dancing. If the audience can drag themselves away, the Cascade Steps stage offers a mellow location on the water with acoustic musicians and slam poetry.
Castle Park offers a fabulous array of lively children friendly activities including playful storytelling, creative activities, face painting and interactive performances. Cirque Bijou will assemble a huge crowd with 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 with performances that will entrance all ages.