Hi all, Following our last Committee meeting held on the 21st April, we discussed the remote possibility of still holding a Folk Festival some time this year. Despite living In these uncertain times, we remain enthusiastic and endeavour to keep the spirit of hope alive by continuing to develop the festival program whilst closely monitoring the situation. A definitive decision will be made at a meeting on June 16th. There is little doubt that at the conclusion of this lockdown, a feel good celebration will be welcome and we are committed to providing such an event with the support of Bridport Town Council. If you have been booked by BFF as a performer be it dance or music, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question relating to the festival. Meanwhile stay safe and well.
Covid 19 Updates
The 4th Bridport Folk Festival being just four months away, we are experiencing a very complex situation in somewhat dangerous times. With the best will in the world and despite all the planning, Bridport Folk Festival 2020 is very much in the balance. After much deliberation we have decided to continue with our plans in the hope that we can accomplish what we set out to do this year. However, should this not prove possible, we can be comforted in the knowledge that we will have the benefit of the infrastructure well in hand for BFF 2021. Naturally we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will be advised by and conform to Government advice and legislation throughout. Whatever the outcome, we are of one mind to create a ‘Post Isolation’ celebration festival, albeit on a much smaller format but still significantly vibrant and entertaining. Dance sides and music performers will still form the basis for this revised program which will hopefully be complemented by the usual in house concerts. Updates will be publicised on our festival website’ www.bridportfolkfestival.com. If you are a performer and have been booked to perform this year please be aware of the possibility of cancellation but be assured that your booking will be valid for 2021 in the hopes that you are still available. A separate personal communication will address this situation. Given the need to pre book essential services particularly with regards to camping, we have had to take the regrettable step of cancelling our usual free facilities.
Volunteers will remain a valuable asset in either scenario and we continue to welcome with gratitude all who have expressed an interest or pledged their support for this year. The festival website will publish more details as and when plans are confirmed or modified.
We are at this time mindful of those wonderful performers be they music or dance, who have programmed their years activities and in particular those that rely on performance for their living. We respectfully urge people to support them by buying their music and related merchandising either on CDs or online in recognition of their needs. To conclude, stay safe, enjoy the good things available and be supportive of each other. The BFF team wish you well and hope you remain in good health throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you to the next Bridport Folk Festival.
A message from the Festival Director Chris Deacon
“ We are delighted to confirm that the Bridport Folk Festival will continue next year with yet another exciting line up. As you would expect, Festivals of this size require dedicated volunteers and we can only praise the work of all those who participated and gave their time so freely this year. We couldn’t have asked more of our brilliant team of volunteers who willingly undertook a range of tasks with enthusiasm and good humour and sincerely hope they will be returning in 2019 ! On a personal note I wish to thank the committee members who were the powerhouse of the festival organisation, excelling themselves beyond expectations. On their behalf, I extend our thanks to all those wonderful people who helped us achieve a successful Festival, not just from those volunteers but also from the commercial sector who were keen to sponsor the Festival. 2019 will see us raise the bar and endeavour to maintain our status as the best new festival on the circuit. We can only achieve this however with the continued support of volunteers, sponsors and the Townspeople of Bridport. Bridport is a very special place and is deserving of its status as Dorset’s Eventful Town. This title being due in no small measure to the Town Council and it’s officers and staff to whom we are deeply indebted as without them Bridport Folk Festival would not exist”.
If you have talents, skills, trades or just want to come and make a worthwhile contribution and help make this exciting festival better, then please do join our team of lively spirited volunteers and helpers. If you can spare just a small bit of time over the festival then we would love to hear from you! bridportfolkfestival.com/volunteers-and-stewarding.html
Bridport Folk Festival 2019. Music, dancing, singing, workshops, songwriting, events, morris, clog, rapper, food, drink, stalls, ceilidh, strict and social dancing, story telling, mummas play, may pole and much more!