New organisers announced for Bristol Harbour Festival

A new team have been appointed to run one of the biggest events held in Bristol.

Surrey based Proud Events has been appointed to take over the running of the annual Bristol Harbour Festival which takes place in July.

Proud Events will be working alongside Swans Events on the event.

The two organisations have worked together on a number of events including UK Black Pride, Wychwood Festival, Sheffield Food Festival, Festival of the Sea Grimsby and Lightopia Festival.

A steering group has also been set up which includes the Bristol Old Vic, Watershed, Bristol Pride, ACH and Bristol Ferry Boat.

As in previous years, Bristol City Council will be hosting the Harbour Festival and 2024 will also see Bristol City Centre BID and Redcliffe and Temple BID become key stakeholders.

Harry Feigen, the managing director at 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 & 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.”

Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the UK’s biggest free-to-attend events and attracting around 250,000 visitors over the three days.

Mayor Marvin Rees 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.”