Bristol Pride Unveils 2014 Plans
The 2014 festival will see a week of events take place all over Bristol from the 5 – 12 July. The week-long festival will see a diverse range of events including a comedy night, sports fun day, dog show, Stonewall conference and theatre night featuring specially curated performances from Bierkeller Theatre and the award winning Confessions Of A Rabbi’s Daughter. Pride week is also host to the Bristol Pride film festival at the Watershed and will feature specially selected, and award winning, films.
The week culminates in a massive outdoor music and arts festival which takes place in Castle Park on Saturday 12 July. Kicking off with the Pride Parade through the city the festival will feature 2 stages of entertainment, family area with kite making classes from Bristol Kite Festival, funfair, market and expo stalls, food and bars, roller disco with Bristol Bump and a Community Area hosting over 60 organisations ranging from health services, charities and sports groups.
Entry to Pride Day will be by donation (£3 suggested) but Pride are offering £5 Day wristband or Day and Night pass for £15 that will offer discounts onsite including food stalls, reduced bar prices and skate hire as well as offers with other Bristol businesses keen to support Pride.
Acts already confirmed for Pride Day include: VOIS, Love Beats Riot, Katherine Ellis, Kate Bush tribute Cloudbusting, Dr Meaker and 90s dance sensation Corona with more yet to be announced including the festival headliner.
Pride Night will see Pride takeover the O2 Academy for the official Pride afterparty which will brings together Bristol clubnights and DJs with international acts and performances. This year dance/house DJ sensation The Freemasons will headline along with eccentric party makers Sink The Pink, 90s club night Another Night and a specially created ‘Pop Paparazzi Parlour’ from performance artist Harry Clayton Wright.
2013 saw 31,000 people attend Bristol Pride events with Blue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor headlining the free festival which had an economic impact of £953,500 in the City. 2014 will not only be one of the largest Pride events in the UK but one of the biggest festivals to take place in Bristol following on from winning a number of awards including being named second Best Pride event in the UK (Cooperative Respect Awards)
Pride is a bold celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the South West, but its reach extends much further, earlier this year the plight of LGBT people in counties such a Russia were highlighted by the Sochi games and this year the Bristol pride has chosen the theme We Are: One as a chance for LGBT people, their friends, families and the whole of the South West to stand up and support gay rights on a global scale by maintaining a proud and visible presence and showing support to communities around the world.
We’ve created something truly special, an exciting and credible festival using a range of events to champion and celebrate LGB&T talent and still delivering a festival which is donation entry. We hope to keep building on the success of Bristol Pride, creating an opportunity for people to celebrate and feel engaged whilst also making a stand against discrimination both here in Bristol and around the world.