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Get ready for a wild and exhilarating ride at Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024! This electrifying celebration of music, diversity, and community will take place from August 16th to 18th, 2024, in the vibrant city of Bristol. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss!

Accessibility

Can I take a carer or support worker with me?

Absolutely! We are committed to making Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 as inclusive as possible. If you need to be accompanied by a carer or support worker, this person will be able to register and be linked to your registration without charge. However, please note that carers will need to pay for their accommodation during the festival. We appreciate your understanding, and we’re dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all attendees. Join us for a celebration of music and diversity, and let’s make unforgettable memories together!

Will the festival be accessible for all attendees?

Absolutely! We are fully committed to ensuring that Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 is inclusive and accessible to everyone. To support participants with any accessibility requirements, we will have an inclusion and accessibility lead (name to be confirmed) available. We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable during the festival. In the participant registration process, there will be an opportunity for attendees to specify their accessibility requirements. Once we receive this information, we will connect participants with our dedicated accessibility lead to address their needs and make appropriate arrangements. Your well-being and enjoyment are our top priorities, and we look forward to creating an unforgettable experience for all at Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024!

What accessibility features are available at Bristol Beacon?
  • The foyer is fully accessible with lowered counters at the box office and café.
  • There is level access from Colston Street or Trenchard Street with automatic doors.
  • Lifts are available to all floors.
  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on all levels and are well-signposted.
  • All assistance dogs are welcome, and our staff are trained to behave around working dogs.
  • An induction hearing loop is available, and an assistive listening system is installed in venue spaces.
  • Disabled parking is available in the NCP Tenchard Street car park, with a lay-by for curb-side drop-off.
  • Seats are available on request for standing events, and large print formats of venue and program information are available upon request.
How does Bristol Beacon support Deaf individuals or those with hearing loss?
  • Hearing induction loops are installed at the Bristol Beacon box office. Hearing aids should be turned to the ‘T’ or ‘3’ position to access the loops.
  • A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in Beacon Hall, Lantern Hall, and Cellar performance spaces. You can download the free app and use your mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance, or request devices and headphones on-site.
How does Bristol Beacon support visually impaired individuals?
  • Large print and high-contrast copies of our program and venue information are available upon request.
  • Guide dogs are welcome at Bristol Beacon and Beacon Music Centre.
What accessibility features are available for wheelchair users?
  • Bristol Beacon and Beacon Music Centre are wheelchair accessible.
  • Events in our foyer performance space are usually standing, but for allocated seating events, wheelchair user positions are available.

Accommodation

Will there be any recommended accommodation?

Indeed! We are thrilled to share that we are working on securing student accommodation in partnership with local universities, offering affordable options for all attendees. However, we understand that various preferences and needs may arise, so we will also provide information on other accommodation options in Bristol. These will be available for you to explore once registration opens on 1st October.

It’s important to note that while we’re committed to making Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 as convenient and enjoyable as possible for all, we want to be transparent about our accommodation progress. Currently, we are still in the process of finalising arrangements with student accommodation providers. This has proven to be a challenging task, and we may not receive confirmation until around November.

In the meantime, we recommend exploring options such as sharing Airbnb accommodations, among others. Stay tuned for updates on our website and registration portal to access further details. Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with music, diversity, and fun!

Registration

How can I register as a choir member or individual performer for Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024?

Registration for Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 is currently open for LGBTQ+ choirs. If you are a member of a choir, please encourage your choir director or representative to visit the official website, handinhandfestival.org, to complete the registration process for your choir. Individual performer registration will be available in October 2023. Stay tuned for updates on the website regarding individual performer registration, and make sure to sign up to showcase your talent at the festival.

What is the cost of registration/participating in the festival?

The registration fees for Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 are:

Early Bird Registration (1st October 2023 – 31st January 2024):

  • Concession: £45
  • Standard: £70

Standard Pricing (After 1st February 2024):

  • Concession: £65
  • Standard: £100

We understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique, which is why we’re pleased to offer flexible payment options to make it easier for you to be part of this fantastic celebration of music and diversity. Don’t miss out on the Early Bird rates; secure your spot and join us in creating unforgettable memories!

We’ve registered our choir and paid a fee to participate. Why do our members have to register and pay individually as well?

We appreciate your choir’s registration and commitment to Hand in Hand Festival! The individual registration requirement is in place for several important reasons:

  1. Funding the Festival: Hand in Hand Festival is a community-driven event, and the performer registration fees play a crucial role in making it happen. These fees cover various event costs, including venue rentals, equipment, professional workshops, security, and ensuring a safe and memorable experience for all participants. It’s important to note that performer registration fees only partially fund the festival.
  2. Accessibility: Registering choir members individually ensures that every participant receives relevant event updates, including schedules, workshops, and performance details.
  3. Accurate Records: Individual registrations help us maintain accurate records of all attendees. This is crucial for event planning, security, and effective communication.
  4. Inclusivity: Individual registration allows participants to indicate specific preferences or requirements, such as accessibility needs, and dietary restrictions. This ensures that we can strive towards catering to everyone’s comfort and convenience.
  5. Liability and Waivers: Individual registrations help us manage liability and waivers. Each participant’s registration includes the necessary agreements and permissions, which are essential for the safety and well-being of all involved.

The cost of organising and running a three-day festival, like Hand in Hand Festival, is substantial. While we strive to keep registration fees reasonable, the reality is that the cost of putting on such an event has increased significantly since our last gathering in Cardiff in 2019. These increased costs are due to various factors, including rising venue expenses and our unwavering commitment to providing the best possible experience for all participants.

We want to assure you that the performer registration fee reflects the value you’ll receive from the festival, including access to workshops, exceptional performances, and a supportive community that celebrates diversity and unity. It’s essential to consider that without these fees, it would be challenging to maintain the quality of the festival.

Your support through registration fees is instrumental in bringing Hand in Hand Festival to life, and it’s greatly appreciated. If you have further questions or need assistance with the registration process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team. We’re here to help make Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 an exceptional experience for all involved.

Do I have to be a member of a choir?

No, being a member of a choir is not a requirement to participate in Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024. We welcome individuals who have a love for music and a passion for celebrating LGBTQ+ diversity. However, please note that when purchasing a ticket for our festival, you are required to agree to our terms and conditions. We want to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees. Get ready to join us on this incredible musical journey!

Do I have to be a member of LEGATO or Proud Voices?

No, being a member of LEGATO or being registered with Proud Voices is not a prerequisite to participate in Hand in Hand Festival. While LEGATO and Proud Voices play an important role in supporting LGBTQ+ choirs, Hand in Hand Festival is open to all LGBTQ+ choirs and individuals who share a love for music and a desire to celebrate diversity. We welcome you with open arms, regardless of your affiliation. Get ready to join us for an unforgettable experience at Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024!

General

When and where will Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 take place?

Mark your calendars for August 16th to 18th, 2024, and join us in Bristol at the iconic Bristol Beacon! It’s a city that knows how to party and celebrate in style, and our partnership with Bristol Beacon promises an unforgettable festival experience. Get ready for three days of musical magic and LGBTQ+ pride!

Why was Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 postponed from its original date?

Unfortunately, we had to delay the festival due to the pandemic. But don’t worry, we’re committed to ensuring a safe and incredible event, so we decided to reschedule it to 2024 when we can fully embrace the joy and magic of live performances.

Who can participate in Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024?

Calling all LGBTQ+ choirs from across the UK and Ireland! Whether you’re a well-established choir or a fresh-faced group bursting with talent, we want YOU to bring your passion for music and your pride in being part of the LGBTQ+ community to the stage. And guess what? Music lovers are also invited to attend and immerse themselves in the mesmerizing performances.

Can I bring my partner or my family?

Absolutely! We wholeheartedly encourage you to bring your partner or your family to the Hand in Hand Festival. It’s a celebration of unity and togetherness, and we believe that sharing this experience with loved ones can make it even more memorable.

Day passes for the festival will be available for sale later this year, so you’ll have the opportunity to purchase tickets for your partner and family members. Keep an eye out for updates on our website and social media channels for information on when day passes will be released. We can’t wait to welcome you and your loved ones to join us for a day filled with inspiration, positivity, and joyful moments at the Hand in Hand Festival!

How can my choir participate in Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024?

It’s time to make some noise! If you’re part of an LGBTQ+ choir, get your fabulous group ready to rock the stage. Keep an eye on our official website, handinhandfestival.org, for updates and announcements about registrations. We can’t wait to see your harmonies light up the festival!

Will there be opportunities for workshops at Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024?

Prepare to be blown away! Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 will be a melting pot of talent and creativity. We’ll be organising exciting workshops, allowing choirs to join forces and create unforgettable musical moments together. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the event dates!

Can I volunteer to help with Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024?

Absolutely! If you’re interested in volunteering for Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024, simply head over to our contact form and send us a message. Let us know that you’re eager to join our team of passionate volunteers, and we’ll provide you with all the necessary information and application details. We can’t wait to have you on board, creating unforgettable memories and spreading the joy of music and community together!

Are there any opportunities for sponsors or partners to support Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024?

We love working with like-minded partners who share our vision of promoting diversity, inclusion, and LGBTQ+ rights. If you or your organisation are interested in becoming a sponsor or partner, reach out to us through the contact information provided on our website. Let’s join forces and make this festival shine brighter than ever!

How can I stay updated on the latest news and announcements about Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024?

Stay in the loop and be the first to know about all the exciting updates, announcements, and sneak peeks for Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024! Simply visit our vibrant website, handinhandfestival.org, to stay connected with all the festival happenings.

And that’s not all! Follow us on social media for even more fun and interactive content. Find us on Facebook and Instagram (@HandinHandFestival) to join our lively community, engage with fellow festival-goers, and immerse yourself in the magic of Hand in Hand Festival. Get ready for exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses, artist spotlights, contests, and so much more!

Don’t miss a beat—be part of our online family and experience the excitement as it unfolds. Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 is going to be epic, and we want you to be right there with us, sharing in the joy, inspiration, and unity that music brings!

Will the festival be accessible for all attendees?

Absolutely! We are fully committed to ensuring that Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024 is inclusive and accessible to everyone. To support participants with any accessibility requirements, we will have an inclusion and accessibility lead (name to be confirmed) available. We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable during the festival. In the participant registration process, there will be an opportunity for attendees to specify their accessibility requirements. Once we receive this information, we will connect participants with our dedicated accessibility lead to address their needs and make appropriate arrangements. Your well-being and enjoyment are our top priorities, and we look forward to creating an unforgettable experience for all at Hand in Hand Festival Bristol 2024!