FishFest set to return in October this year

May 10 2016

FISHFEST will return later in 2016 with a series of mini events across Fishponds.

FISHFEST will return later in 2016 with a series of mini events across Fishponds.
Organisers took a break last year while they evaluated the festival, asking for feedback on how it should continue.
They have decided FishFest will run as a week-long festival from October 8-15 and will involve various events organised by local groups.
FishFest started off in 2009 with just a few community events but snowballed into a festival attracting more than 1,000 visitors.
Originally held in the grounds of All Saints Church, FishFest moved to Fishponds Academy where the grounds were bigger.
In 2013, FishFest won the Thriving Bristol award as part of the ‘Voscurs’, Bristol’s voluntary and community sector awards.
But in 2014 with funding getting more difficult to secure and health and safety procedures to follow, organisers diversified with a series of smaller events held around Fishponds. The aim was to allow people to hold their own events across the area and included a scarecrow trail and family fun days.
FestFest stalwart Kate Brooks said: “The idea is - as before - that rather than one big event, we’ll open it up so that anybody can put on their own event anywhere in the greater Fishponds area - that way, everyone and anyone can get involved in whatever way they choose.
“It’s also hoped more schools can get involved as schools have told us October is a better time for them.
“Expect the usual mix of arts, cakes, community action, music, quirkiness and fun and please be a part of it if you can. We’ll also be looking for volunteers to deliver resources, leaflets, put up posters and other activities.”
FishFest 8 will be promoted via social media and with a programme delivered to houses in the area.
Groups will be put in touch with each other so they can offer support to others with ideas, volunteers and resources like gazebos and decorations. They will also be able to offer advice on applying for funds, setting up a big event, or sharing a space, a van or volunteer skills.
FishFest 8 will kick off with a fundraising alternative 80s disco at the Kingfisher Cafe on Saturday September 17. It is being organised by the people who put on the very popular Thingwalls niteclub events.
Any expressions of interest from groups or individuals can be sent to fishfestbristol@gmail.com or via 53 Grove Road, Fishponds, BS16 2BW.
Kate said: “It doesn’t have to be sorted and funded at this stage - just an idea and we’ll get back to you in July!”