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!

Audio Sushi Fundraiser

The fundraiser gigs are coming fast as lightning! Next up, it’s a night of reggae, drum&bass, disco, dubstep, rap (and lots more things beginning with D and R) on Saturday 26 March, 8pm till late at The Old Stillage in Church Road, the lovely local pub that is also a longtime headline sponsor of the festival.

DJs Mistri and Treat (Ujima Radio/The Remix) and Red Tom (Redfest) plus very special guests will be in charge of the tunes and there’ll also be BLINGO – like bingo, but with added bling!

Suggested donation of £3 on the door – all money will go to this year’s festival. See you there!

Hooray for Grounded, our first headline sponsor

Grounded Cafe Redfield are a long time supporter of Redfest Bristol, and we are really pleased that they’ve come on board this year as our first headline sponsor.

There are a million reasons to love Grounded – they’ve got the best pizza on Church Road, a lovely little garden, really nice veggie options on their menu as well as hearty meat, they do great takeaway coffee early in the morning right near the bus stop into town, and many more. But most of all we love how they support the local arts with lots of gigs by local bands and frequently changing exhibitions by local artists.

Not to mention of course that they help support Redfest every year with much-needed funds. We don’t charge for entry to festival so we rely on generous support from sponsors such as Grounded to help cover the costs of essential stuff like toilets, power, and generators.

If you have a business and you’d like to find out more about supporting Redfest, email info@redfestbristol.co.uk and we’ll be happy to talk through details about the different ways you can help, the pricing range, and what you’ll get in return (as well as a warm fuzzy feeling).

If you’d just like to donate money you can do that using the PayPal donation button on every page of this website, and we will love you very much.

Vinyl AllStars fundraiser

It’s our first party of 2016, with Paul Moylan (Gumbo) dipping into his trunk of funk, suitcase of soul and valise of vinyl and playing raw soul, R&B, deep funk and a whole load more tunes to dance to… plus Redfest’s own steel wheel superstars Russ and Dermot with a jump-up mix of reggae, afrobeat and funk.

“Where’s it to me babber?”, we hear you ask – well, it’s happening at the Plough Inn, Easton, on March 4, from 8 till late. We’d love you to come and join us and dance, drink or do whatever makes you happy!

All proceeds go towards this year’s festival. Suggested donation £3 on the door.

It blew me away

To be honest, I am in awe of Redfest.

True that I started it, nurtured it along its journey and put a lot of work into it. But so many people work really hard on now and it really, really shows.

This year was exceptional. Surely the best yet?

Beyond the great music and activities and food and markets, it’s amazing to see so many people having a great time. For me, putting on a good party is as good a social policy as anything else!

When I look back on the Redfest journey, it’s really come so far. From 30 people in Grounded for nightly events to 5,000 people in a park!

Back in the mists of time it was a week long series of arts events – in Cafe Grounded mainly, as well as Bethesda.

We had Studio Ghibli film screenings, short animation night (aided by then local resident Dance Borthwick from The Bolex Brothers), experimental music night (I Am The Mighty Jungulator), as well as music and kids’ events. It all culminated in a music all-dayer at Grounded in the garden with acts like My Two Toms and Katie Brooks as well as local trumpeter  David Mowat. And now it’s grown to include big names like Laid Blak.

One of the big things I’ve learnt is having the right people on board. That personalities that are different complement each other often, and need each other. It’s a collaboration of ideas and skills.

Here’s to more collaboration and creation, and to different skills!

Awesome, Just AWESOME.

A crowd of people sit on the grass and watch the show. There are many families. Behind are trees and tennis courts.
What Redfest looked like in 2011
What Redfest looked like in 2015
What Redfest looked like in 2015

Redfest 2015 by Black Iris

All photos in this gallery are by Redfest partner Black Iris Photography, a family-run company based in St George, Bristol.