Bristol Pride 2015 promises to be a very special event this year as we work towards supporting EU Green Capital and celebrate being the first ever UK Green Capital Pride. A number of initiatives and events are planned to celebrate being Proud and Green including making Pride Day a generator free festival. Last year over 30,000 people attended Bristol Pride and we remain the largest free Pride Festival in the UK and is a bold celebration of the whole LGBT community.
The week-long festival runs from the 4-12 July and will see a diverse range of events take place all over Bristol including a comedy night, theatre with curated performances, LGBT history night and following the success last year, the return of our Pride dog show. The week is also home to the Bristol Pride Film Festival featuring a week of specially selected and award winning LGBT films hosted at the Watershed.
Pride Day takes place on Saturday 11 July and will again see us returning to the City Centre’s green space Castle Park. An exciting outdoor music and arts event Pride Day features multi-stage entertainment showcasing the best local talent as well as international artists, cabaret, dance and roaming performances across the festival. Onsite there will also be a dedicated family area with play activities and kite making from Bristol Kite Festival, market and expo stalls, locally sourced food traders, bars and the Pride Community Area where over 60 organisations, charities and groups are on hand with information and support. We’ll also be showcasing work on local conservation and offering free ‘seed bomb’ workshops.
Entry to Pride Day is by donation (£3 suggested) or you can get a £5 Day wristband that offers discounts onsite including money off at food stalls, reduced bar prices all day, allow you to bring your own alcohol onsite and other. Acts already confirmed for Pride Day include Mysterious Times singer Tina Cousins, Ireland’s Eurovision representative Ryan Dolan, Synth Pop sensation NINA, Twisted Rio, Britain’s Got Talent finalist
La Voix and American singer songwriter Justin Utley with more yet to be announced including the festival headliner. The evening will see a specially created multi roomed spectacle featuring a collaboration of many of Bristol’s top LGBT clubnights, live PA performances with a few surprises promised. A £15 Day+Night wristband is available which as well as the Pride Day discounts includes entry to the Pride Night afterparty and free entry to other partner Pride afterparties.
2015 is set to be an amazing year for Bristol and we are proud that Bristol Pride is recognised as an integral part of this. We have ambitious plans to make Pride stand out as a showcase event for European Green Capital by not only partnering with Pride events in EU countries with a poor track record on equalities but by aiming to improve onsite recycling, support local conservation and to reduce our own, already very low, carbon footprint. Pride is a fantastic event that welcomes everyone who values equality and diversity to come celebrate with and find out more about your LGBT Community. We’ve built Pride from scratch, with no core funding, to be named Number 2 Best Pride in the country and with our eyes firmly set on the top slot we hope to keep building on our success, creating the opportunity for people to celebrate and feel engaged, whilst also making a stand against discrimination both here in Bristol and around the world.
As well as bringing top performers across the Arts and visitors from across the UK, Pride is estimated to bring in over £950,000 to the local economy as well as supporting local artists and traders.
Pride Day starts with a parade through the city and organisers want as many people as possible to come together to make a proud and visible statement of solidarity and equality for all and have introduced the theme ‘Green Rainbow’ for Bristol 2015 and are encouraging people to create placards and outfits for the parade. Support is available for groups wanting to enter the parade under the Green Rainbow theme visit the parade page to find out more.