It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of BrixFest 2020
The BrixFest committee has been closely following the government advice regarding outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) and, like everyone in the UK, are eager to adhere to whichever stipulations are put in place to ensure we limit the spread, flatten the curve, and reduce the number of people impacted by this disease.
Given that our event historically attracts thousands of people from all over the country to join in the revelry on Brixham’s harbourside and that the original advice from the government predicts the peak of the outbreak is likely to be in May – we feel it would be irresponsible of us to do anything other than to cancel this event. With the recent government advice to avoid mass gatherings, this is, we feel, the best course of action.
We are under no illusions. The impact the cancellation of this event will have on our local economy may be significant, especially given the wider context of the cancellation or postponement of other local, national and international events.
The original aim of BrixFest was to drive commerce for local businesses and ensure that while we celebrate Brixham’s history – we also contribute to its future. We’ve achieved this over the past eight years by spending thousands of pounds on local musicians, food providers and other suppliers. It breaks our hearts that this year, we’re unable to do the same.
There is an argument that suggests by the time May comes around, this outbreak may be curbed and the ban on mass gatherings lifted. We understand that cancelling this event over two months in advance may seem extreme. However, for the long-term financial security of the event, we must make this decision now and act swiftly to ensure we are able to return in 2021.
Speaking of 2021 – we are committed to returning next year between 28 – 31 May. We have contacted all of our musicians and suppliers for 2020 and have asked them to agree to return for us next year. We appreciate that this will be of little comfort to our suppliers who will have lost revenue this year.
If you live somewhere else and were planning on coming down to Brixham for BrixFest…It’s difficult for us to suggest anything other than to follow government advice. If we could, we would recommend you keep your hotel bookings and dinner reservations. Our local economy is much stronger than just one event – but relies on visitors to the area. If it’s safe to do so and the government advice changes thus, we know that Brixham would still welcome you with open arms.
If you live in or around Brixham… you know, we’re all about community – and there is no better community we can think of than that of Brixham. Be kind to each other. Help each other. Support each other through this difficult, uncertain and unprecedented time.
Above all we want to thank everyone for their support over the past eight years of festivals. We will deliver the ninth event…eventually!
Good luck to everyone and take care, both of yourself and others and please stay safe.
The BrixFest Team x
BrixFest: The Movie!
The team at Emberlense Film Productions have done the impossible, and somehow managed to sum up the entire weekend in one 10 minute video.
Give it a watch on your left. 3 photographers captured over 200GB of film and photography to capture BrixFest 2019 like no BrixFest has ever been captured before.
Give it a watch and let us know what you think!
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COUNTDOWN TO BRIXFEST 2020
BrixFest 2019 - What a weekend!
Well, well, well - it’s over! BrixFest 2019 has finished and I think we can all agree it was the best yet.
Our official opening with Matt Rogan was fantastic, followed by some very tasty food prepared live on-stage by local chefs. Live music ramped up and Harbour almost blew the roof off the Old Fish Market, before our Grand Firework Display lit up the clear night sky. The Manor Inn we’re crowned champions at Dragonboat Challenge day for the second year running, and kid’s day today was very well attended. What a weekend.
Of course we need to say thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers, stall holders, generous donors, supporters and our committee members too. Logos may be splashed on the website and photographs, and shout-outs on the PA may be plentiful: but we can never repay you for the belief you show in our festival and in our ethos which is of course to celebrate beautiful Brixham.
It’s only fitting that we mention Sophie Bower - who’s been on the committee for 7 of the 8 festival years so far and has just been a part of her last festival weekend with us (for a year or two! 😉). Sophie has been secretary, vice chairman, chairman, and everything in between. Thanks Sophie and good luck. Thanks also to long-suffering James who has so often been the van driver (and more) to her organiser.
So with the festival over, we turn our attention to 2020 - which will be the NINTH year of the festival, quite something.
If you’d like to find out more about getting involved in the festival either as a sponsor or committee member next year email us:
Thank you everyone for your everlasting support. See you 23-25 May 2020!