Upfest launch Crowdfunder to help them stage the 2024 edition of the festivalPosted on: 13 Nov 2023
Following a fallow year this time out, the Upfest team have launched their annual Crowdfunding campaign, rallying support from art lovers, Bristolians, and festival fans alike.
Upfest will need to raise £250,000 to stage the sixteenth edition of the street art festival in 2024.
Since debuting back in 2008, Upfest has remained a free-entry event, attracting more than 50,000 visitors each year. Welcoming visitors from Bristol and beyond, the festival hosts local, national and international street artists from all levels who each apply for display space at the two-day weekend festival.
Visit the Upfest 2024 Crowdfunder, here.
We need your help to make Upfest 2024 happen!— UPFEST (@Upfest) November 10, 2023
Our crowdfunder and Patreon pages have just gone live and we need your donations to make sure Upfest can be the festival it once was again!
Click the link below to show us some love!https://t.co/zTgUHZcHe8
Big love, the Upfest crew pic.twitter.com/WPLiUrBjol
All those who donate to the festival Crowdfunder will be able to give to specific areas of the festival, including providing artists with spray paint or contributing to the costs of keeping the Upfest site clean both during the event and after it. Explaining the campaign, Upfest co-founder Steve Hayles said:
“We have moved Upfest to a bi-annual model and continue to still be volunteer-led with hundreds of people donating time in the lead-up and during the event. We are facing increasing costs, just like all large-scale events, and we’ve never needed support from the community more to keep Upfest going.
The Crowdfunder pays for infrastructure, safety, security and entertainment as well as artist materials, scissor lifts and loads of other elements which it takes to stage a festival of this size. Each year we’re blown away by the love and support we get from the community, and we appreciate every single contribution.”
On top of the Crowdfunding campaign, Upfest has joined Patreon: an online platform allowing supporters to regularly donate to the festival. Patreon members will receive exclusive content and member benefits at the festival and throughout the year.
Over its 15-year lifespan, Upfest has hosted Bristol street art legends including Inkie, Jody, Lucas Antics, Andy Council and HazardOne as well as international artists such as Insane51, Kashnik and L7M. The festival also provides a platform for up-and-comers to showcase their talents whilst also raising money for The National Association of Children of Alcoholics.
Upfest will need to raise £250,000 to stage the sixteenth edition of the street art festival in 2024. Visit the Upfest 2024 Crowdfunder here.
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