Presume not that I am the thing I was…
Bristol Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC), approaching its 10th season in July 2013.
Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, our raison d’être is to engage with an ever-increasing and diverse audience, creating a dynamism that engages young people and minority communities.
For the first 8 years, since its inception in 2004, Bristol Shakespeare Festival acted almost exclusively as an avenue for national and international touring companies to come to Bristol and perform in a variety of delightful and unexpected locations around the city.
After becoming a CIC in 2012, the Festival was developed with redefined objectives to expand and educate a multiplicity of audiences, by opening itself to all media forms.
We take the productions we invite and create out to the diversity of communities across Bristol, in a way that relates to their experiences and captures their imaginations.
Alongside this, the Festival continues its tradition to expand the borders of traditional performance spaces by playing host to prestigious names, such as Shakespeare’s Globe and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who return this year, while continuing to invite new and inspiring theatrical touring companies, who provide our firmly-established and loyal audiences of 10 years with the theatre they appreciate and adore.
To engage with as many possible community groups by extending into less culturally targeted districts of Bristol * To re-map the city by highlighting areas less affected by the arts * To offer a platform for Bristol’s hidden talent and minority communities * To bring quality and valuable events into the areas of Bristol they are most relevant to * To redefine social barriers by challenging locals with atypical performances and events * To break assumptions of Shakespeare’s works by engaging with his themes and ideas through all media forms * To display the cultural diversity of Bristol by uniting its different areas under a common theme.
For more information please contact Sophie Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org
The volunteers who run the Festival are to be applauded in their efforts to bring Shakespeare’s works into the community in a variety of different venues performed by a variety of different groups.
– Bristol Lord Mayor, 2012