in its 33rd year, the event- formerly called the Bristol Regatta
- has grown to become one of the most popular free festivals
in the West Country.
This year's event (as always!) promises to be the best-ever,
with the programme being extended into Queen Square to include:
markets, music, a Portugese area and a new dance stage at
the Mud Dock.
Festival highlights - WHAT'S ON WHERE AND WHEN
Queen Square will also host a new, expanded children's entertainment
favourites will feature in the programme, such as a flotilla
of tall ships, and yachts, boats, and sailing crafts of all
descriptions will be sailing into Bristol's floating harbour.
of course there's the spectacular firework display on Saturday
night which is always well worth a look. This year there will
be the added attraction of fire performances.
Van Hoof, events manager at Bristol City Council said:
will be plenty going on to interest even the most jaded
festival has become one of the best-loved free events in the
South West, attracting thousands of visitors from across the
region and further afield.
"I am confident the 2004 Harbour Festival will be a fantastic
weekend for everyone to enjoy."
Three stages programmed by the Colston Hall, will be distributed
around the Harbourside, featuring a wide variety of live music
performed by both local and international musicians.
main stage will be located on the Lloyds Amphitheatre whilst
the smaller ones can be found on the Cascade Steps and in
there's the addition of the dance stage on the Mud Dock, which
will showcase a spectacle of dance from around the world.
Bristol-based dance organisations, this stage will showcase
professional performances, as well as give the audience the
chance to join in during taster sessions ranging from tango
to break-dancing, via salsa and belly dancing.
Building on the success of its hugely popular stage last year,
Bristol-based Cirque Bijou will be bringing a new and varied
show to Millennium Square this year, featuring some of the
region's best talent in circus and street theatre.
on the water itself there will be plenty to look at, with
the tall ships Kaskelot, the Earl of Pembroke and the Matthew.
Naval vessels such as HMS Inverness, HMS Trumpeter and HMS
Charger will also be there and there will also be a steam
tug challenge and a lifeboat parade featuring three of the
Divers will also be performing an aerial display once a day,
landing in the docks from where they will be rescued.
Celebrating 20 years of friendship between Bristol and its
Portugese twin town of Oporto, a special Portugese area will
feature music, dance and cuisine from the region.
Find out more about Bristol's Portuguese connection
There will also be an opportunity to learn Portuguese and
find out more about Bristols links with Portugals
there's the ever popular French Market, which can be found
in Queen Square this year, whilst the Seven Counties Market
will be on Waterfront Square.
The fireworks display on Saturday night starts at 10pm.
Phew, an action-packed weekend all round!