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A massive thank you to everyone involved who helped to make the first ever Stokes Croft Streetfest a massive success! The beautiful weather saw swarms of happy people enjoying the entertainment and festival atmosphere, with the party continuing long into the night with every venue on the Croft buzzing with excitement. We estimate around 5,000 people attended across the day, which went without hitch or drama, so we thank the whole community for coming together to show the world what a unique and vibrant place Stokes Croft is.
There were food stalls, arts and crafts, handmade jewellery, live painting, street chess, a crofts dog show, walkabout theatre, drumming, workshops, dance classes, live bands, DJs and lots of people sitting in the sunshine enjoying these spaces as destinations rather than thoroughfares . The elevated grasslands of the Bear Pit (St James Barton Roundabout) were transformed into an ideal festival amphitheatre whilst Kings Square became an oasis of family fun. It was so fantastic to see the area’s outdoor park spaces animated to their full potential, with people from all walks of life relaxing together until the sun went down.
A massive amount of hard work, time and investment was put in by a handful of volunteers in order to stage the festival, working for free for months in order to create a sustainable, safe and enjoyable event that would benefit every business on the croft. So hats off to you, plus the 100+ volunteers that worked between 6 and 16 hours straight on the day – all for the cause. Without you it would not be possible.
We would also like to thank the council and police for working with us and allowing us the opportunity to showcase Stokes Croft at its best. We hope to build on this success to create an annual event which involves even more of the organisations, venues and communities of the area.
We are yet to calculate the funds raised but hope that all the bars and shops that benefited most from the event share their success and join in with those who have already supported, in order to secure a festival for next year. Combating the litter created from these businesses is one of our biggest challenges and we thank all the volunteers that painstakingly litter picked, Bristol City Council and Sita for their assistance, and every person who used the bins or took their litter home with them. We are pleased to say that Kings Sq and the Bear Pit were left cleaner than we found them, so thanks again to everyone who helped.
With a day of celebratory street activities on Saturday 22nd May, Stokes Croft StreetFest will aim to draw the whole Community together, to reclaim our public space and to show the World what Stokes Croft has to offer…
Busking, street trading, street theatre, painting, sculpture, competitions, games and music.
The first Stokes Croft Streetfest will aim to write large our aspirations as a Community…
WE MAKE OUR OWN FUTURE
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Hey all, Just to make everyone extra aware that we have been unable to lift the Street drinking ban that is in place across Stokes Croft for the Streetfest. There is a no alcohol policy, with the right to confiscate booze, however there are plenty of venues up and down the croft that will be open throughout the day, including the Junction (+garden stage), the Full Moon (+outdoor stage), Canteen, Leftbank, Croft & more. Please keep drinking within these establishments; they are all free to enter until 6pm! After which it is just a fiver (adv) for entry into every venue on the Croft.
We have also had to work hard to gain licenses and permissions for all the outdoor stage areas and really want the event to go well so that we can do it bigger and better next year. So unfortunately we cannot add any unauthorized areas, stages or systems at this late stage, as doing so could jeopardize the event’s future. Acoustic busking is fine though so feel free to bring along your instruments for a jam… there are even open mic slots available on the Full Moon stage.
We are still looking for helpers so if you do want to get involved now or in the future please come along to the info point in Kings Sq.
Many thanks and look forward to seeing you there!
PS – it’s guna be a scorcher so wear sun block, drink water & look after yourselves & each other 🙂
Thanks for your support.