Bristol City Center BID Receives National Recognition for Bristol Light Festival 2022

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Bristol City Center Offer won a coveted award and national recognition at British BID’s National BID Awards, for the delivery of Bristol Festival of Lights 2022.

The highly acclaimed awards feature Business Improvement District projects from across the UK, with a particular focus on the positive impact each project has and what it achieves for businesses in the BID area.

In a category with outstanding competition, Bristol Light Festival shone as the winner of the Special Recognition Award, chosen for its creativity, significant economic impact, social and cultural benefits to the city and the way it presented Bristol under his best day.

The festival marked better times ahead, as the city’s first major post-pandemic event, welcoming visitors to the city center to stroll and explore the city streets enjoying and supporting the wonderful commerce of retail, hospitality and Bristol’s nightlife economy. along the way.

The 2022 event was staged in a never-before-seen economic and social landscape and needed to consider and resolve post-pandemic anxieties while creating a positive and joyful event.

The main achievements of the event included:

  • 170,000 visitors over its entire duration, to see the 14 installations that have created a route through the city
  • Local businesses benefited from £3.4million in additional revenue throughout the event
  • The festival has provided over 200 jobs for local industry professionals, as well as volunteering and mentoring sessions for young adults in the city
  • All facilities were powered from the grid using existing power sources as well as energy efficient lighting
  • Half of visitors traveled by public transport or on foot

Vicky Lee, Head of Bristol City Center BID, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Bristol City Center BID team and the Bristol Light Festival have been recognized nationally, it is an event that we are very excited about. proud and embodies everything Bristol stands for.

“This award is a testament to the hard work of the BID team, our partners and the event team that bring it to life.

“The Bristol Light Festival demonstrates the importance of free events in supporting city center businesses and encouraging people to spend free time in the city, and as our flagship event it has given an economic boost to businesses when they need it most.

“The festival has also created hundreds of jobs for event professionals, artists and creatives badly affected by the pandemic and boosted attendance for fee-paying businesses, while showcasing Bristol as the vibrant, fun and creative city that we know and love.

“Planning is underway for the Bristol Light Festival 2023 – so watch this space.”

Pictured: Fran Inman, Bristol City Center BID Senior Project Manager, Vicky Lee, Bristol City Center BID Manager, and the Leicester BID team.

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