Once upon a time a woman called Kayte made a flippant comment on her facebook status about using empty shops as art venues in her hometown of Bedford. Another woman, Erica, whom she’d never met, saw this comment and said Yes! They met, and it was good and they became ‘We Are Bedford’. Together they put on the Castle Quay Weekender in March 2011, an arts festival in 7 empty shops, and a community group was born.

We aim to become a community collective for people who want to make a change in the town and to open up space for dialogue between the community, commerce and the council.