The contract for delivering the hugely successful Bristol Harbour Festival for the next four years has been awarded to local firm Richmond Events Management REM).
The festival is the city’s flagship summer festival and a major showcase of local talent and Bristol’s maritime heritage. The 2016 45th anniversary event was the biggest yet and began in spectacular style with English rock band Echo & the Bunnymen headlining the opening concert at Bristol Amphitheatre.
Bristol Harbour Festival has been running since 1971 and is a major highlight of the city’s events calendar. The festival, which attracts about 250,000 people to the city over the course of a weekend, has grown into one of the largest festivals in the South West, attracting up to 500 ships of all sizes to the city every year.
Stretching form Underfall Yard, along the Harbourside and over to Castle Park, the festival combines music, art, dance, food, drink, sights and sounds to entertain visitors and residents alike.
REM were chosen after an open and transparent tendering process involving two other companies and have experience of running the festival having managed the event since 2013.
Councillor Estella Tincknell, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, said: “Bristol’s world class calendar of events is one of the features that the city is renowned for across Europe. The Harbour Festival is the flagship event in this calendar so choosing who is going to bring it alive over the next four years was a big decision. REM’s local knowledge and experience in running the festival were big factors as were many of their ideas on how we can ensure an inclusive and diverse showcase of the city’s heritage. I look forward to working with Mike and his team in helping the festival flourish over the coming four years.”
Mike Richmond, Managing Director at Richmond Events Management Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have won this contract and continue our association with the Bristol Harbour Festival. We’ve learnt a lot over the past three years about what this festival means to the people of Bristol and the role it plays in showcasing the city’s cultural and maritime heritage. I and my team are determined that the festival will continue to grow and be a festival for all of Bristol’s communities.”