Bristol: A tale of one city, two worlds

The LLF spotted these two contrasting jobs on the Bristol City Council website…

Festivals, Community Arts and Film Manager

  • Reference: 23103
  • Department: Corporate Services
  • Working Hours: Full time
  • Employment Type: Permanent
  • Salary: £35,430 – £38,042
  • Closing Date: 08 February, 2012
  • Location: Council House


In community arts, our work ranges from promoting dance projects to opening up empty shops as temporary arts venues – and to achieving benefits in terms of health, community development and regeneration, as well as helping grow Bristol’s headline artists of tomorrow. Our festivals team is behind small and large events across the city – none larger than our annual Harbour Festival, which in 2011 celebrated its 40th year with crowds of over 250,000. Our events licensing team has made Bristol the official ‘street party capital of England’ with more external events here than any other city council area (over 400 last year alone). Our film office team are the people who make it easy for TV and film crews to film in the city, bringing in millions of pounds to the local economy.

Social Worker

  • Reference: 23100
  • Department: Children and Young Peoples Services
  • Working Hours: Full time
  • Employment Type: Permanent
  • Salary: £25,472 – £30,851
  • Closing Date: 08 February, 2012
  • Location: Redfield


This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified Social Worker to join a well-established and experienced team working in the fields of long-term, short-term, kinship and private fostering. You will be required to supervise and support foster carers, undertake fostering assessments and annual reviews and present your reports to the fostering panel.

It’s always good to see what priorities we’re subject to.

4 responses to “Bristol: A tale of one city, two worlds

  1. thebristolblogger

    Presumably the council’s marketing & pr man, Peter Holt’s days as Harbour Festival big shot are over then?

    He spent last year firing all the council’s existing events staff and taking the event over himself.

    So has he fucked up so badly already that they’ve got employ someone to do the same job that was made redundant last year?

    How much has this cost us?

  2. The advert does go on to say:

    After a major restructuring, we’ve said goodbye to many valued colleagues, and we’re now looking for a new manager to join the new (now smaller) team and take its work forward in a new chapter.

    …which sounds like it could be Newspeak for ‘the boss fucked up, we’ve made some underlings redundant, now we need a new whip-cracker to make everyone else work harder, longer and for less money’.

  3. thebristolblogger

    Very hard to see the difference between a Head of Arts and Culture mentioned here:

    And a Festivals, Community Arts and Film Manager.

  4. Pingback: …But when will we get the Festivals, Community Arts & Film Manager fly-on-the-wall documentary? | Bristle's Blog from the BunKRS

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