The annual Bristol Pride festival kicks off this Friday, and the team are going into the event on a high, having just been named in the Top 50 Pride Destinations in the world.
Bristol was one of only 4 UK cities to make the Top 50, joining Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham, this is a fantastic accolade and one that the team are incredibly proud of.
The survey by HomeToGo looked at hundreds of Pride events around the world, it ranked the strong year-on-year growth of Pride festivities as well as other factors including how LGBT+ friendly the city is.
Recognised for its incredible growth in recent years, this year’s Bristol Pride Festival has expanded to two weeks jam packed with events to celebrate and showcase the LGBT+ Community. Pride is creating opportunities for visibility, social cohesion and tackling issues that challenge and affect the local community.
The Festival culminates with the Pride Day event on Saturday 14 July, which will start with the city’s most colourful parade march which will make its way through the city centre before heading the festival site on the harbourside. The Pride festival is now one of Bristol’s biggest events drawing record numbers to the city every year and in 2017 was named in Visit Bristol’s top3 reasons why people attended the city over the summer.
Over 100 artists, across 3 stages, will be performing on Pride Day this year with acts including 90’s dance sensations SNAP!, Indie legends Republica, and Xfactor winner and West End stage sensation Alexandra Burke.
Other highlights on the day including a bustling Community Area with over 60 charities and LGBT support services and social groups, Family Area, Youth Area, markets, food stalls and an award-winning Cabaret Stage featuring the biggest drag artists in the UK and beyond. Bristol Pride is one of the biggest Pride events in the UK, attracted over 35,000 people to Bristol last year. As well as gearing up for their biggest festival to date the team are also busy laying the plans for next year’s 10th Anniversary special including bidding to host UK Pride in 2019.
Highlights to look out for across this year’s festival include a new circus night at Circomedia celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Circus, the Pride Comedy Night hosted by Jayde Adams on Thursday 12 July with Sophie Ducker, Sarah Keyworth, Elfy Lyons and Joshua Jones and the Pride Dog Show on Saturday 7 July. There’s a special theatre performance night on Tuesday 10 July as Pride present the HIV Monologues, also returning is their film festival at Watershed, hailed by the Guardian as one of the ‘Best LGBT film festivals in the country’. It opens on the 29 June with 6 incredible films secured for Bristol including Freak Show, The Miseducation of Cameron Post and screening of the Best of Flare and Iris Prize.
The flagship afterparty in the Bristol O2 academy on Saturday the 14 July sees a ‘Tempest’ themed party with spectacular LED hoops and aerial performances. They will be partying with rooms curated by clubnights Don’t Tell Your Mother and KIKI along with Sink the Pink’s London club behemoths Savage Disco, who headline the main arena.
For a full programme of events click HERE
Pride Day is donation entry but as the festival does not get funding everyone is asked for a £3 donation on the day but Pride offer Supporter Wristbands to support the festival and offer great rewards. Just £5 for a Day Wristband offering free travel with First Bus, 50p off the festival bar prices all day, £1 discount journeys with Bristol Ferry Boats and 15% off Gin and Tonic at the Watershed. £15 Day+Night limited edition fabric wristbands are nearly sold out but offer entry to 4 afterparties on Pride Night, visit www.bristolpride.co.uk/wristbands for more info.