Website and Programmes One of the biggest criticisms of the 2017 Festival was the Website and programme and rightly so. Many found the layout although informative, somewhat confusing. 2018 sees a new approach. The new website is being carefully constructed and new information will be updated regularly. We are developing this website with a remit of being ‘User friendly'. You will find new and easier ways of accessing relevant info and links to the various Festival activities including Camping, Parking, Sessions and Concerts along with the plethora of music and dance events. Festival programmes will be available for sale from late June whilst a general outline of events will be available to view online.
Event Sites Given the success of the stage venues, we have decided to retain all of them. The ‘Trevett stages’ (Millennium Green) will operate in similar vein as this year with acts alternating to ensure continuity of entertainment. We also have the addition of The Children's area this year (see below). South Street will be closing on the Sunday for our big morris dance. We also have a lot more involvement with the towns pubs this year, you will find more bands and music sessions to join in with!
Kids entertainment area 2018 will see the development of a dedicated Children's entertainment area within sight and sound of the Millennium Green. More diverse activities are planned not just to entertain children but to create opportunities for them to engage more fully with Folk festival traditions, including dance and song. This is being run by BearCat Collective. We will also be seeing some story telling and The Bridport Apple Mummers! bridportfolkfestival.com/kids-entertainment-area
Camping A new site has been agreed for 2018 away from early morning supermarket deliveries! The new site will be accessed from Bridport’s Sea Road North bypass. Access maps will be uploaded in due course. Confirmation of Camping allocation will be will be sent out in good time accompanied with a map and written directions/Coordinates. Facilities will cater for all aspects of ‘Camping’ ; Motorhomes, Caravans or Tents; Water points, Waste disposal points, Toilets and Showers. Camping for performers / Artists will be available from Friday 27th until Monday 30th July thereby providing a suitable onward route-link to Sidmouth Folk Festival. As a dance side / dancer / musician / performer etc, if staying at the camping site you must have given us your camping details beforehand. You will not be allowed on to the camp site without them. Camping registration for performers - bridportfolkfestival.com/camping-registration Camping information for the public - bridportfolkfestival.com/visitor-camping Performers who have not booked camping before the festival will not be allocated a pitch.
Parking Information on parking and an application form for Performers Parking can be found here - bridportfolkfestival.com/parking If you are a performer who has filled in the form then your parking details will be on the gate upon arrival. Performers who have not booked parking before the festival will not be allocated a space.
Performers registration / Check in Registration for all dance and music performers will be a the TIC Town hall. The only requirement is for one representative to register on behalf of any group thus avoiding clogging up the system with bodies! Updated or amended details of dance sites and stage allocations will be issued along with Wrist bands and tokens where applicable.
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Become a part of the festival
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 2018. Music, dancing, singing, workshops, songwriting, events, morris, clog, rapper, food, drink, stalls, ceilidh, strict and social dancing, story telling, mummas play, may pole.