Between 11-27th August the seaside town of Bridport in Dorset will burst into life with its first ever ‘Festival of Culture’. Created through collaboration between local musicians, artists, community groups, traders and townspeople to make a real community event, there will be a programme of activities that will appeal to locals and visitors to the area.
Complementing the main events programme will be a selection of fringe events, activities and performances throughout the day and night, and suitable for all ages, with open air theatre, open-mic, street poetry, story-telling, puppet making and comedy cafes.
The main programme of events includes celebrations of local art, music, food and heritage.
A mini film festival with a series of acclaimed films screened in the Bridport Arts Centre and Electric Palace, whilst there will be family friendly events for children at the Lyric Theatre. Foodies can enjoy a selection of slow, organic and locally produced food with workshops, fresh food markets, pop-up café’s, and al fresco dining in the Square.
The sportier amongst you, may want to take part in the Mini-Sports festival too!
Bridport has an up-and-coming music scene, and a selection of local and national bands will be performing across many genre’s including Folk, World, Jazz, Blues, Alternative and Reggae music! Along with DJ sets performing in the street, Jazz Café’s, Buskers and Youth Music events, Bridport will be alive to the sound of music throughout the festival.
Surrounded by countryside and the stunning Jurassic Coastline, Bridport is ideally located to explore the local area and its history as a rope and net making town. With street and vintage markets, exhibitions and craft demonstrations you can learn more about the history of Bridport and its culture. The thriving local art scene will be celebrated with local artists hosting open studios, pop up exhibitions and photography workshops.
One of the highlights of the festival is the Carnival and Torchlight procession on the middle weekend of the festival, along with live outdoor music.
If you would like to join in the celebrations and enjoy the first community inspired Bridport Festival of Culture, West Bay and Warmwell Holiday Parks are located nearby offering great locations to spend some time exploring the local area and enjoying the cultural festival. West Bay Holiday Park is located within Bridport itself, whilst Warmwell is around a 35 minute drive from the centre of Bridport.