Volunteers needed!

Get involved and volunteer for Redfest!

 

We’re looking for volunteers to help out across the weekend of the festival. Redfest is a completely free community festival and we rely on people like you giving your time and effort to make the festival a fun and safe experience for all the attendees. The new multi-venue format for Redfest means there will be plenty of work to do – we’ll need help with stewarding, setting up and packing down equipment, and all the other little jobs that come with keeping a festival like this running!

By volunteering you’ll be helping Redfest continue to provide a platform for local artists and musicians via our free community festival. Complete this form to submit your details.

 

Headline sponsors for 2017: The Old Stillage & Grounded

Redfest is delighted to announce that it’s headlines sponsors for 2017 will once again be Cafe Grounded and The Old Stillage.

Both of these staples of the Church Road social scene have been huge supporters of Redfest since its inception in 2008, and this year they will be the anchor points of the festival at either end of the high street.

 

Cafe Grounded opened in Redfield in 2008 and has since grown into having multiple cafes across Bristol. Each has its own welcoming and homely charm and is firmly embedded in the local community.

Redfest Creative Director Simon Webb says, “We were always welcome at Grounded from the get go. I remember being really excited about a proper coffee shop on Church Rd opening. (They didn’t serve alcohol for the first few months) A mutual friend Adam introduced me to Tobie and that’s where the first Redfest’s happened, along with The Stillage. We even had 8 channel experimental sound artists in Grounded one evening. ”

Katie Taylor, Marketing Manager at Cafe Grounded adds, “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring Redfest again this year – it’s such a lovely, community-centred festival that showcases Bristol’s independent and creative spirit.”

 

The Old Stillage is a renown pub in Redfield with its own personal character, and is easily identified with its Bristol street art decorated front. The pub is home to a selection of award winning beers and quality entertainment, where one can spend many a night at partying with their DJ’s and local band performances.

Nemo from The Old Stillage says. ‘What is Redfest,… it was a beginning, of a beginning. One that the ‘Stillage’ is very proud of being part of, and sponsoring. To watch the growth of the festival through the years and the development of the area. Makes you realise that with effort and creation, by people, anything can be achieved. Well done ‘Redfest Crew’ and management,… you know who you are!’

Redfest Creative Director Simon Webb adds, “I spent many good nights in there since, with The Big Lebowski night and Redfest after partied being highlights. I have hazy recollections of doing turtle cartwheels on my back on the dancefloor…..”

 
Details of the line up at each venue, and indeed the whole festival are currently under wraps, but keep your eyes peeled for announcements later in the year.

New Look Redfest 2017!

Exciting new format for 2017

This year Redfest will be taking a break from the day event in St George Park to curate a weekend long, multi-venue festival on and around Church Road. We’re looking to work with local venues, community organisations, businesses, traders and artists of all disciplines from Redfield and the surrounding areas. We’ll have a wider variety of platforms to showcase local artists and a curated trail will challenge people to explore their neighbourhood and discover venues they may not have known before. We want to highlight Church Road and the surrounding area in its best possible light, introduce people to everything that’s great about our area and increase community cohesion and pride.

In the Community:

Since Redfest first launched in 2008 it has evolved from a small, week-long event showcasing local artistic talent into a huge event in St George Park. Since the first Redfest in St George Park in 2012, we have seen unprecedented growth in visitor numbers with an estimated 20,000 people attending in 2016. In 2017, Redfest will be taking a break from running a one day event in the park and going back to its roots as a multi-venue, community festival and we’re really excited about the event!

By the Community:

We’ll be curating a weekend long series of events at a range of venues on Church Road and we want to work with local venues, community organisations, businesses, traders and artists of all disciplines from Redfield and the surrounding areas. Redfest is a festival which is put on by and for the people of East Bristol and we encourage all local businesses and artists to get involved in the new look Redfest!

For the Community:

The mission of Redfest is to enrich the local community through the arts and the new format for Redfest will re-focus the festival on the local community. We’ll have a wider variety of platforms to showcase local artists and the curated trail will challenge people to explore their neighbourhood and discover venues they may not have known before. We want to highlight Church Road and the surrounding area in its best possible light, introduce people to everything that’s great about our area and increase community cohesion and pride.

Get involved

We’re calling out to all local artists and venues to get involved in Redfest 2017. We’ll have two open application processes running in parallel:

  • Artists https://redfest.typeform.com/to/Bhq3DL – we’ll be open to artists of all disciplines showcasing their work. Musicians, DJs, visual artists, performing artists, entertainers and performers of all kinds.
  • Venues https://redfest.typeform.com/to/fRA1IK – whether it’s a pub, cafe, shop, hall or anything else, we want to hear from anyone with a space who is interested in hosting festival content. Whether it’s art, photography, film, music, theatre, dance, or an installation, we want to show art in all its forms in new places to give it a new context.

 

We’ll then sprinkle a bit of Redfest magic by pairing venues with content, carefully curating a trail along Church Road. This year’s Redfest will enable the community to see the road in its best possible light, and maybe even explore some spaces they haven’t visited before. If a venue has a specific idea of what they want to do, we’d be happy to work with them to help them make the most of this opportunity too.

 

  • Stalls https://redfest.typeform.com/to/bxjNtg – We’ll also be looking to provide space within Redfest for a number of stalls for local artisans and traders to sell their wares to the local community.

 

Redfest will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017. Applications are now open!

 

Artists, Stalls & Venues! Get Involved with Redfest 2017!

This year Redfest will be taking a break from the day event in St George Park to curate a weekend long, multi-venue festival on and around Church Road. We’re looking to work with local venues, community organisations, businesses, traders and artists of all disciplines from Redfield and the surrounding areas. Artists and venues, here is ow you an get involved:

Artists https://redfest.typeform.com/to/Bhq3DL – we’ll be open to artists of all disciplines showcasing their work. Musicians, DJs, visual artists, performing artists, entertainers and performers of all kinds.

Venues https://redfest.typeform.com/to/fRA1IK – whether it’s a pub, cafe, shop, hall or anything else, we want to hear from anyone with a space who is interested in hosting festival content. Whether it’s art, photography, film, music, theatre, dance, or an installation, we want to show art in all its forms in new places to give it a new context.

Stalls https://redfest.typeform.com/to/bxjNtg – We’ll also be looking to provide space within Redfest for a number of stalls for local artisans and traders to sell their wares to the local community.

 

Redfest will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August 2017. Applications are now open!