The Bristol Pride Festival, named No2 ‘Best Pride In The UK’ (Cooperative Respect Awards) is just 1 months away! We are proud to be named No2 considering others in the top 3 charge in excess of £17, we want to make sure Pride is open to everyone but of course have got our sights on the number 1 spot! Bristol is now one of the largest Pride events to take place in the country and returns for the week-long celebration this summer. The Festival running from the 5-13 July will showcase a diverse range of events including: comedy, sports, dog show, workplace conference with LGB charity Stonewall, the award winning Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter and even an all-female Shakespeare performance in Windmill Hill City Farm. Pride Week also hosts the Bristol Pride Film Festival at The Watershed with specially selected, and award winning films including G.B.F – Gay Best Friend, short film Language of Love and the multi award winning Who’s Afraid Of Vagina Wolf?, the story of a filmmaker who decides to make an all-female version of, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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 announces include urban act VOIS, electro girl band Love Beats Riot, Katherine Ellis, The Showbears (Britain’s Got Talent), Kate Bush tribute Cloudbusting, Dr Meaker, Denise Pearson from Five Star, House Diva Angie Brown and 90s dance sensation Corona. There’s even international interest in Bristol Pride this year with Canadian singer Iskwé and American electropop duo Hi Fashion both contacting the festival to play as part of their world tours.
In the evening Pride takes over the O2 Academy for the official Pride afterparty with DJ sensations the Freemasons headlining an evening spectacle which will also feature aerial performances from Circomedia Students 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.
Pride Director Daryn J Carter:
‘2013 was our biggest year yet and we’ve got really exciting events for 2014 as well as an amazing line up for Pride Day and Night which are a real coup for Bristol. We’ve created something truly special, an exciting and credible festival that uses a range of events to champion and celebrate LGB&T talent and culture. We aim to keep building on the success of Pride, putting Bristol on the map and bringing it alive with new talent and award winning acts. We’re creating opportunities for people to celebrate and engage with LGBT arts and the community whilst making a stand against discrimination both here in Bristol and around the world.’’
2013 saw 31,000 people attend Bristol Pride events with Blue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor headlining the free festival which held 17 individual events across the week and had an economic impact of £953,500 to the local economy. Pride is a bold celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the South West, but extends its 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.