2 year’s planning for our 1st Bournemouth Reggae Weekender and Sadly we’ve had to postpone our LAUNCH AGAIN! to 2021.
This is the first Reggae in the Park event in Bournemouth; which will be a unique occasion to celebrate the diverse African-Caribbean Culture and Reggae music adding to the thread that weaves the cloth of “togetherness and diversity” in Bournemouth.
Originally the event was set to launch in July 2019 but was postponed on the advice of the Local Authorities following the initial huge response from attendees. The Event attracted over 5k and was based on a free access model.
We took the advice and scaled the event back running at a loss and was set to launch 4th – 5th July 2020. This was all going well until COVID-19 a global pandemic struck.
Impact of Covid-19
After the Gov’t announced the ban on all outdoor events the reality was postpone the event to July 2021.
We’ve already spent over £5,000 on this year’s Festival – printing, advertising, marketing, website design, subscriptions, artist fees etc. 5,000+ on infrastructure deposits a total of £10,000. Some of that can be rolled-over to 2021. But much of it can’t be recouped. Which leaves us with a cash-flow problem especially as we’re also having to refund those ticket-holders unable or unwilling to rollover their tickets to next year.
The New dates 3rd – 4th July 2021 of the event have now been released and we continue full steam with our plans but need your kind support to make this dream come true.
The event will honour our invaluable NHS staff of Royal Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Hospitals during the corona virus crisis this will be supported and organised by Bournemouth Hospital Charity across Bournemouth,Christchurch and Poole.
Thanks to our amazing sponsors for their kind support we are still in a position to organise the event.
Why Are We Crowdfunding.
Bournemouth Reggae Weekender is a totally independent Not for Profit event a unique occasion to celebrate African- Caribbean Culture within the Bournemouth community attracting visitors from wider afield.
The raised funds will be re-invested back into the Festival to support artists and boost the local community Bournemouth residents will be flattered by the international interest in their diverse culture and this will enhance the residents pride and promote the preservation and cultivation of this culture.
The postponement has had a substantial financial impact on the Festival which will leave us going into 2021 with a significant deficit and with a knock-on impact on the wider community of artists, traders and contractors. By launching the event we will be able to offer hope to affected artists, traders and contractors that the event industry will survive.
The event is organised by Afro* Disiac Live Radio CIC a Not for Profit Community Interest business based in Bournemouth, with a sincere wish to provide diverse cultural enrichment to the community in Bournemouth and beyond.
Raymond Nyenje Sentamu & Nathalie Sherring – Event Directors
Lionel Yafele & Sula Kasujja- Event Managers
Rachel Kasujja – Sponsorships & Marketing