About the City Centre and High Streets Culture and Events Programme, future events, ongoing events, and past events.

About the events programme

We're investing in the culture and events sector to:

  • support Bristol's city centre and high streets, by increasing the number of people visiting and using these places
  • support the culture and events sector

We organise activities under the City Centre and High Streets programme, funded by:

  • Bristol City Council
  • the West of England Combined Authority's Love our High Street project

City Centre Culture and Events Programme 2024

The City Centre Culture and Events Grant Scheme is part of the City Centre and High Streets Programme funded by:

  • Bristol City Council
  • West of England Combined Authorities Love our High Streets project

Between 2021 and 2023 the City Centre and High Streets Programme delivered a range of culture and events activities in four areas of the city centre.

We now have £170,000 to support three different areas of the city centre:

  • Christmas Steps
  • Old Market
  • Stokes Croft

We're investing in the culture and events sector to:

  • attract additional footfall to priority areas, supporting the city's economy
  • advance equality, diversity and inclusion for all of Bristol's citizens
  • support itself as a sector
  • address environmental sustainability, climate and ecological emergency

This funding will be allocated to activity taking place between Summer 2024 and February 2025.

It is to be split in the following ways:

  • City Centre: Large Culture and Events Grants
  • City Centre: Small Culture and Events Grants

See information below for full details.

City Centre: Large Culture and Events Grants

We have allocated £120,000 to engage a cultural organisation in each of three city centre sites:

  • Christmas Steps
  • Old Market
  • Stokes Croft

We're looking for one cultural organisation to act as a lead organisation in each location, to produce a highly localised culture and events project, which places collaboration and stakeholder engagement at its heart.

How to apply

This opportunity has now closed.

City Centre: Small Culture and Events Grants

We'll shortly be announcing a separate grant scheme to support independent businesses in each of the three city centre locations in diversifying their night-time offer.

These grants will be between £500 to £2000. The grants will allow businesses to test an idea to reach a wider or new audience, trialling something which can continue to be self-funded.

More information will be posted in the Business e-newsletter in July 2024. Sign up to the Business e-newsletter. 

High Streets: Creative Practitioners Tender Brief

We have engaged Creative Practitioners to work with the local community in Ashley Road/Grosvenor Road (BS1) and Oatlands Avenue (BS14).

We would now like to engage a Creative Practitioner to work in Crow Lane (BS10).

This commission can be delivered by an individual, or by a collective or organisation.

We are looking for a practitioner with a specialism in music performance and/or production OR visual arts/ crafts.

The role

The role will include developing and delivering creative participatory activities for local people, such as workshops.

It's intended that these activities will inform and determine what other culture and events local people would like to see on their high street, leading to further activities and events in the community.

It's essential that this role works alongside the wider community and local stakeholders to ensure activities reflect local interests and the character of the specific high street.

Activity should reach several different audiences in this process, including young people, families and older people, bringing inter-generational groups together.

How to apply

Read the  pdf Tender Brief: Creative Practitioners High Streets 2024 Crow Lane (406 KB) .

The brief contains the full eligibility criteria and information on how to submit your tender proposal.

If you can't access the information on the guidance notes, email business@bristol.gov.uk.

Deadline for applications

9am, Tuesday 16 July 2024

Webinars

We'll be running a webinar to talk through the guidance.

Webinar date: 10am, Tuesday 9 July 2024

To book a place on a webinar email business@bristol.gov.uk. We'll send you the link to join the webinar.

Information on the first phase of the City Centre and High Streets Culture and Events Programme

From October 2021 until October 2023, the first phase of the City Centre and High Streets Culture & Events Programme focussed on the city centre and nine priority high streets.

  • Brislington Hill and Bristol Hill
  • Church Road
  • East Street Bedminster
  • Filton Avenue
  • Filwood Broadway
  • Shirehampton High Street
  • Stapleton Road
  • Stockwood
  • Two Mile Hill

Bristol City Council worked with Bristol-based organisations, with experience of working with the community to organise cultural activities and events.

Activities included: markets, community events and family fun days, public art installations, light and lantern parades, promenades and much more.

View a pdf slideshow of recent events (3.01 MB)