Record numbers are expected at this year’s Bristol Pride Festival which takes place on Saturday 12 July in Castle Park. The organisers have pulled of a double headliner with 90s dance sensation, and Rhythm of The Night singer, Corona and The Big Reunion Boyband A1. The donation entry festival will feature 46 acts across 9 hours including 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 and international artists Iskwé and America’s Hi Fashion exclusively performing at Bristol Pride. A second stage hosts 20 Cabaret acts including burlesque, pole dancing, drag kings and queens from all over the UK including award winners such as Son Ofa Tutu, Drag With No Name and Baga Chipz and will be headlined by singer Kelly Wilde.
Pride Day starts with the Pride Parade, departing Queens Square at 11am and the park festival runs from 12-930pm and will feature 3 stages of entertainment, family area with kite making classes and activities from atBristol and Bristol Zoo, funfair, market and expo stalls, food and bars, onsite roller disco and a community area hosting over 60 organisations ranging from health services, charities and sports groups.
The Bristol Pride Festival, named No2 ‘Best Pride In The UK’ (Cooperative Respect Awards) is one of the largest Pride events in the country and Pride ‘Week’ takes place across Bristol from the 3-13 July and will showcase a diverse range of events including: a sports funday to raise awareness of homophobia in schools and Pride’s first ever dog show as part of Make Sunday Special on Sunday 6 July. There’s a conference with LGB charity Stonewall on Thursday 10 July from 1pm whilst the evening will see a star studded line up for the Bristol Pride Comedy Night at the Arnolfini. Pride even bring the award winning Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter to Bristol Bierkeller on Wednesday 9 July and a collaboration with the Shakespeare festival sees an all-female Shakespeare performance in a city farm playground on Sunday 13 July. The week is also home to the Bristol Pride Film Festival with specially selected, and award winning films including G.B.F., short film Language of Love, the multi award winning reworking Who’s Afraid Of Vagina Wolf? and a special preview screening of Lilting , starring Ben Wishaw.
Entry to Pride Day will be by donation (£3 suggested) but Pride are offering £5 Day wristband or a Day and Night pass for £15 that will offer discounts onsite including food stalls, reduced bar prices and skate hire. We’ve just found out we won’t be getting key Arts Funding for 2015-2018 which we had relied on to keep Pride going and to grow our infrastructure so we really need you to donate this year!!
DJs The Freemasons headline the official afterparty at the O2 Academy which promises to be a spectacle with aerial performances from Circomedia 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 was our biggest year yet and we’re expecting record numbers this year with an amazing line up for both 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.
Over 31,000 people attended Bristol Pride events last year 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.
Bristol Pride is run by unpaid volunteers who make Pride happen without core funding and around their day jobs. We’re asking everyone to donate this year or it could be the last Pride event in the city following the council’s decision not to award any KAP funding to the organisation for 2015-2018. We also still need volunteers to help collect donations on the day e: firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.