For the ones who never heard or been to BikeFilmNight – here is a short definition:
It is a casual and relaxed evening where films – mainly about fixed gear – are screened. It is about getting the Exeter cycling community (on fixed gear or not) under one roof for a couple of hours or so. The cost of a seat is generally a few Pounds (usually less than a fiver). The money taken goes to a charity not to One Gear Exeter.
In the past (since November 2012), the event took place at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre in the cosy Blackbox space. 40 seats would receive the audience.
There were also a handful of local businesses able to show their products/services before and after the projection such as:
- No Guts No Glory,
- Magic Bike Mike,
- Alistair Cope (Velo Vintage),
as well as Dave Noakes and Juliet Elliott representing Coven Magazine and ready to interact about various things linked to fixies as both have been bike messengers in London.
Now it is time to change venue just because it is time to change venue. Always good to find different places – which doesn’t mean that it won’t happen again at The Phoenix.
This is where the real venture, battle actually starts.
Exeter can be difficult… Emails have been sent, meetings and chats happened to find a free space with projection equipment (projector, screen, computer…) and 40+ seats. Exeter has offices/boardrooms and other spaces with such installations! Just thinking of the new Exeter Library Rougemont Room with all facilities needed. However, the price for this room is a daily rate which can reach around £180! And well, it is not exactly open after 7pm anyway…
Having had various discussions with local theatres, pubs and other places, it seems that there is a rate to pay to have this type of evening! However, why having to pay a fee when 100 percent (and not only the benefits) of the money taken is going to a charity – all cash taken at the bar is in fact kept by the actually place hosting that evening! Exeter can be difficult to get the point of BikeFilmNight. Once again, One Gear Exeter is not a business and doesn’t make money but in fact drags 40+ people into their space. The winner is the host and it is great and free advertising too.
You would think that a local business would be more than happy to shelter such cycling event where everyone is welcome to watch short films/documentaries about fixed gear culture without being pretentious.
All this to explain why Exeter hasn’t had a BikeFilmNight meetup since September 2014.
Fear not, as there are a couple of quirky venues which are rather interested to receive BikeFilmNight. Date, time, address will be revealed in due course… just be patient (or try).
Thank you and follow #BikeFilmNight on Twitter for the updates.