2012 Festival of Culture

11th August to 27th August 2012

2011 Hat festivalDynamic, inventive Bridport has made a name for itself as the most culturally thriving town in the South West. Celebrating the buzzing culture of this unique and vibrant market town on Dorset’s fabulous Jurassic Coast , Bridport’s first Festival of Culture links the time between the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Definitely a reason if you are visiting Weymouth to venture into the fantastic scenery of the rest of Dorset!

Bringing together and showcasing the wonderful variety of cultural events that Bridport has become renowned for in recent years, and modelled on the Edinburgh festival the events programme so far includes:

  • Open air music gigs
  • Dramatic productions on the Millennium Green
  • Photography exhibitions including the keynote HOME exhibition by internationally renowned photographer Robert Golden at Bridport Arts Centre
  • Inspirational Sports Speakers
  • Ready Steady Celebrity Cook events
  • Local food and farmer’s market events
  • Al fresco dining in the square
  • A six week interactive exhibition on Bridport’s rope, net and sporting heritage
  • A series of jazz, story-telling and comedy cafes
  • street art and street theatre
  • Dance and carnival events
  • Puppet making and theatre workshops
  • Pop-up outdoor poetry events
  • mini film festival to include talks by internationally recognised film-makers
  • Major and local bands appearing at the town’s largest venues and a full programme of pub music and busking
  • A range of youth music events
  • A mini sports festival
  • Pop-up whole food cafes
  • From Page to Screen and Literary Festival key note events
  • Arts in the streets and Bridport Open Studios
  • Vintage and collectors markets and related outdoor events
  • Vinyl music celebration

Festival of Culture Sponsors
We’d also like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the various sponsors and funding bodies that have made the Festival of Culture possible. Main sponsors and funding bodies include:
- Beach & Barnicott bar and restaurant, Bridport
- Bridport Music, Bridport
- Bridport News
- Bridport Town Council
- Edwards Sports, Bridport
- European Agricultural Fund for European Development/RDPE/DEFRA/Chalk & Cheese
- Groves Nurseries, Bridport
- Magna Housing, Dorchester
- West Dorset Distrcit Council
- The Bull Hotel, Bridport
- The Green Yard Cafe, Bridport
- Watershed PR, Bridport

Our thanks also go to the following for their in-kind support at various events:
- Crawford Classic Cars
- Denhays
- Four Seasons Preserves
- More Bins