Night Market in the Old City to Celebrate Bristol Pound's Second Birthday

To celebrate the second birthday of Bristol Pound, St Nicholas’ Market will host a special Night Market with live music, fire throwers, magicians and street food on Friday 19th September from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Old City traders, such as Bagel Boy, Roll for the Soul and Birdcage Bristol, will run special mini-events on the same evening. The market hopes to mirror the currency’s extremely successful launch event back in 2012, which attracted three million pounds worth of media coverage and thousands of people into the Old City.

Forty Bristol Pound businesses will sell their wares, while street performers will demonstrate fire poi and Tango dancers will be found in and around the Corn Exchange. Three music stages will host fifteen music acts, including a live music stage built inside the Glass Arcade and organised by the booking agents for No.1 Harbourside and The Canteen.

Street food stalls will be available from 5.30pm, offering Indian, Mexican, Vietnamese and English cuisine. Bristol Pound businesses will sell hand-made goods, vintage clothes, jewellery, home-made chocolates, ‘up-cycled’ furniture and more.

At 6.30pm a samba reggae band will lead a procession from Corn Street Registration Office, around Corn Exchange building finishing at the main music stage in the Glass Arcade at 7.30pm. The Bristol Pound Directors will make a speech at 7.35pm and a cake will be presented to the Bristol Pound members at 7.50pm.

Heather Simmonds of Gopal’s Curry Shack, who will be trading on the night, said: “It’s going to be a great big party in the heart of Bristol. Being a part of such a unique initiative is incredibly special to us as we choose to buy all our ingredients from Bristol suppliers. Luckily we can use our Bristol Pounds with all our suppliers and that way we keep all our money in the local economy.”

Mark Burton, Bristol Pound Director, said: “There’s plenty of reason to celebrate; we know that our members are spending more in local independent businesses than they were before they joined the Bristol Pound, which is great news for the 700 businesses have signed-up. We’re thrilled to be holding another market event; people have been talking about our launch event for the last two years so we’re delighted to be doing it again.”

 The newly appointed Market Manager at St Nicholas’ Market, Eric Dougall, who has been extremely supportive of the event, said: “We’re hoping to develop our night-time events calendar so we’re extremely happy to be supporting Bristol Pound CIC by hosting their birthday celebrations”

Graham Woodruff, Bristol Pound Director, said: “The future for the Bristol Pound is very exciting. We’ve got projects underway that we’re sure will significantly increase the use of Bristol Pounds and the benefits to the city. I’m confident that we’ll have more than doubled the amount of Bristol Pound being spent well before our third birthday. But don’t just watch this space, join in and start using Bristol Pounds, you’ll love it.”

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