August is a special month south of the river as the Bedminster BID is planning a special series of global themed events and promotions... the World of Bedminster.
From world musicians running between venues, a host of workshops and classes celebrating international influences to one massive street banquet showcasing flavours from around the globe, August will highlight the international diversity south of the river.
The celebrations start on Wednesday August 2nd with the ever popular Musicians on the Run, a unique musical event that sees performers dash to and from numerous venues across Bedminster and Southville, in a bid to be crowned the top Musician on the Run.
Previous Musicians on the Run events have gone down a storm and have seen a hugely diverse array of music from folk to pop, rock, soul and jazz. However this year Musicians on the Run will have a slightly more global feel and event organisers are now on the lookout for music from all corners of the globe to perform at this year’s event
Musicians on the Run organiser Tom Beard, said: “This will be the fifth Musicians on the Run and we wanted to do something a little different, that would tie into our World of Bedminster theme. We want to see people with guitars, banjos, bongos, sitars, accordions and maybe even a few instruments you’ve never even heard of.”
Throughout the month a range of classes, workshops and participatory events will take place throughout the region. However, the jewel in the crown of World of Bedminster will be the Big Bedminster Banquet.
On August 20th the lower end of North Street, from Hebron Road to Cannon Street, will be closed for the Big Bedminster Banquet. This is no ordinary banquet as 500 meals will be served up for free, as part of a wider initiative to honour the hard work and dedication of some of the areas’ unsung heroes and the BID are asking people to nominate those who they feel deserves a seat at the table this August.
Nominees will receive their free meal ticket for the event on August 20th, as lower North Street will be transformed into a globally inspired dining destination. Local traders will serve up special one-off dishes and those from a little further afield will be joining in with stalls and pop-ups, to add to the market feel. However, you don’t have to be a ticket holder to get in on the fun, the Big Bedminster Banquet will be open to all and people are encouraged to come on down and get a flavour of Bedminster.
Simon Dicken, BID Chairman explains:
“We want 500 people who have made a difference in the area through voluntary and community work to join us to enjoy a community meal for free as Bedminster's' way of saying thank you. If you know someone who deserves to be nominated, then please visit www.bedminster.org.uk for details on how to nominate.
“However this event isn’t just for a few of people, everyone is welcome to come on down and there’ll be plenty of food and fun for all. So we invite everyone across Bristol to join us for what promises to be a very special day"
As well as the massive banquet the street will be filled with live entertainment. There will be live music, displays and demonstrations from community groups and kids activities all inspired by international influences.
To get involved as a food outlet, community group or to find out how to nominate a star from your community visit www.bedminster.org.uk and be sure to follow the Bedminster BID on Facebook and Twitter for all the news and updates related to the celebrations.