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The news you’ve all been waiting for, but we need your help!

By Dominik Ljubic, Director – Redfest Bristol CIC

So, I’m pretty delighted that we have some news to share – Redfest will be returning to St George Park on Saturday 4th August after a year away!

We will plan to have three music stages, Kids Village, Wellbeing area, performance tent, spoken word stage, food and craft markets and more. Plus maybe one or two surprises.
Our headline act is the quite brilliant Lack Of Afro who I guarantee will have you all up and dancing.

But, to make it a reality, we will need your help.

There were many reasons why we changed the format of Redfest 2017 – and most of them were related to the thing just getting too big. Turns out that everyone loves a free day out in the park to see some great bands and hang out (who knew?). But it became hugely expensive, and extremely time consuming to organise as a free, volunteer-led event. We know it wasn’t always the most popular decision, but we think that Redfest 2017 was a really good festival.

So anyway, we’ve listened to your feedback and we’ve taken the decision to return to the park this year. We have already put in a lot of hard work to get the groundwork done so to speak, and we’re making good progress….

What next? This is where you come in.

In 2016, we reckon that 20,000 people came to Redfest. Safely organising an event of this scale takes time and money. A LOT of money.  We have been fortunate enough to win some funding from Bristol City Council, The Big Lottery Fund and the Quartet Express Fund, but it isn’t enough.

So today we’re launching our fundraising campaign to help us raise enough funds to put on an event that is worthy of our fantastic community.

We’ve set a target of raising £10,000 from you – the amazing residents and businesses of BS5. It sounds like a lot, but if everyone who comes to Redfest donates just £3, we’d be financially secure for this year and next.

There are lots of really easy ways that you can chip in:

  • Donate online via Localgiving – https://localgiving.org/appeal/redfest18/
  • Want to donate a bit more, and spread the cost? No problem, you can set up a direct debit via Localgiving – https://localgiving.org/donation/redfest/monthly
  • Come to our fundraising events, have some fun, and throw some money in the collection buckets
  • Put your spare change into one of our collection tins up and down Church Road
  • Vote for us in the Tesco Bags Of Help vote in store
  • Become a Redfest fundraiser by organising a cake sale, sponsored walk, abseil or just a simple dress-down day at work or at school – all in the name of Redfest. Just complete this short form to get set up
  • If you’re a local business, we can help to increase your profile in our community by partnering with you

If you’re donating online, don’t forget to tick the tax relief box, to boost your donation further still.

The first £250 that you raise will be matched by the good folks at Localgiving too, how cool is that? Free money!

If you’d rather help in other ways, you can do so by giving your time and volunteering. Just complete our short application. We always need more helpers and we have something for everybody when it comes to mucking in.

We’ve already had an amazing start to our campaign. Our headline sponsors are confirmed as Café Grounded and The Old Stillage – these guys have been there from the beginning, and are so, so important to our success.

Additionally, a big thank you to Smartmove, Bristol Energy, Southville Deli, Access To Music, Red Flower Barrow, Park Insurance, Proctor + Stevenson, Gregor Heating, Born In Bristol , Longwell Records and Mike Cees Opticians, who have also pledged their support for 2018. If you’re ever in need of a bite to eat, drink, bunch of flowers, boiler, energy, baby clothes, insurance, eye test or house move, you know where to go.

The more money we raise, the better the festival will be. So let’s make Redfest’s return to St George Park a glorious one!

Let’s Take It Up A Notch.

Dominik Ljubic

Director

Redfest Bristol CIC