Mythical Beasts theme for 2016 Fishfest

August 16 2016

FISHPONDS’ community festival Fishfest is back for a week in October with some old favourites and some new events - and there’s still time for individuals and groups to get involved.

FISHPONDS’ community festival Fishfest is back for a week in October with some old favourites and some new events - and there’s still time for individuals and groups to get involved.

The popular Scarecrow Trail returns, with the theme this year of Mythical Beasts. Residents can also look forward to a Vintage & Vinyl Fair and a pop up cinema, as well as a scratch choir and live music.

The fun kicks off this month with a  Sale Trail on Saturday September 17. Residents are being encouraged to sell art, produce, jumble and other items outside their homes from 11-5pm.

It continues with a Thingwalls 80s disco fundraiser at the Kingfisher Cafe on Straits Parade on the same evening. Tickets are £5 and are available from the cafe.

FishFest, which began in 2009,  will run as a week-long festival from October 8-15 and will involve various events organised by local groups.

Co-organiser Kate Brooks said: “The idea is, any local group or organisation can organise an event, like a gig, a pop-up shop, a fundraising coffee morning, or a family fun day, and we’ll help promote it as part of the festival. That way, groups get support in promoting events and we get to celebrate all the activities and energy in our neighbourhood. Previous ‘Fests took place on one day as a big event, but we’ve run it this way for two years now, and it does mean anyone can get involved, however they like, and there’s more of a spread of events over the week, so hopefully there’s something for everyone.

Flyers designed by artist Karen Walk, who has always designed Fishfest’s distinctive circus-themed publicity, will be delivered to homes this month. This year, the festival is hoping to gain sponsorship from local businesses.

The Kingfisher Café, Fishponds Library, All Saints Church, Fishponds Folk and The Star pub are all planning to get involved, and the Fishfest team are in talks with The Steiner Academy and a number of pubs and restaurants, so it looks to be an even bigger event this year.

Kate added: “We’ve been talking to the Make Sunday Special in Fishponds group who are planning a street party on Sunday September 12, and sharing our contacts and ideas. At one point, we did all consider combining forces during Fishfest week but as a street party is inevitably outdoors it was decided that early September MIGHT be a better bet weatherwise! So  Make Sunday Special   is kicking off a few weeks of family fun in our community, and it’s great how everyone is supporting each other - that just sums up the community spirit round here’. 

Watch out for flyers, as well as Facebook and website for updates on Fishfest. And if you’d like to put on an event in your community, or are a local business who’d like to help with sponsorship (printing costs etc.) during the week, the organisers would be happy to hear from you - last date to register involvement is August 20 .

For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/FishFestBristol/ or www.fishfestbristol.org

For further info or to register your event please email: Fishfestbristol@gmail.com

 To take part in the Trails, please email Angie Seward for a form: fishponds.trails@gmail.com