2024: 29 June - 14 July

About Us

Bristol Pride is a registered charity (1166817) organised by volunteers from the community.  We work all year round to challenge homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia and promote equality and diversity, for all, through various events, school visits, consultation services and lobbying.

Bristol Pride is the chance for us all to work towards creating a better society together, for friends, family and allies to show their support and for members of the community to live authentically and proudly.

The Pride movement is a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people. Pride gives people the opportunity to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, and equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build a community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most LGBT+ rights movements throughout the world.

What We Do

As well as tackling political and social landscape, we work hard to bring the community together to celebrate and create opportunities. We want to build unity and bring joy to safe spaces, as well as tackling discrimination. As well as working all year round, our main activity takes place across the first two weeks of July each year with events ranging from Theatre, Film, Comedy, Music, and even a Pride Dog show. Our two week Pride ends with a Parade through the city and Pride Day Festival on The Downs – See you in 2023.

Bristol Pride is managed by a small core team, supported by volunteers from the LGBT+ community who bring along their skills, experience and passion to us in between their day jobs. Let us introduce ourselves…

THE TEAM

Eve Festival Director

Eve has over 10 years experience in working on large scale events and festivals such as Port Eliot Festival, Shambala, Boomtown and Bestival. Eve initially came on board in 2018 as our Event Manager bringing with her a wealth of live event experience and oversaw our successful move in 2019 from Millennium Square and the Amphitheatre to our new home on The Downs. In 2020, she was appointed Festival Director and continues to take the lead on production and operations for the festival.

Favourite Pride moment?

- "I absolutely LOVED the confetti cannons during Carley Rae Jepson’s set in 2022, it was a really joyful moment at the end of our first full festival back since the pandemic and seeing everyones reactions was just magic."

Daryn Programming & Partnerships Director

Working within equality & diversity for over 18 years, Daryn worked at the BBC until leaving to help develop Bristol Pride and following his passion in making a difference. He brings vast experience in programming, events, marketing and community engagement as well as speaking and delivering workshops on equality and diversity.

In 2019, Daryn stepped down as CEO but due to covid19 has stayed on to help us through this challenging time and is looking after programming and festival sponsorship. As well as being awarded an MBE for services to the LGBT+ community, we are very proud that Daryn was also awarded Freedom of The City of Bristol in 2020.

What does Pride mean to you?

- "Being able to be your authentic self and to be you and meet others like you in a safe space. Attending my first ever Pride changed my life, I was able to see I wasn't alone and that there was a massive community out there for me and just like me."

Bryn Marketing & Comms Manager

Bryn has joined the Bristol Pride team after a broad career history spanning the music industry, graphic design, writing, and branding work. His role oversees our online presence, social media, writing, branding, and generally communicating our ethos.

As a member of our team, Bryn is passionate about broadcasting messages surrounding equality, diversity, and sustainability within Pride and the LGBT+ community.

Dream Pride headliner?

- "I know Jessie Ware would put on an incredible show for us."

Rachel Festival Coordinator

Rachel joined us in 2023 and is excited to be working with the team to coordinate another incredible Bristol Pride. Rachel assists with the day-to-day running of Pride and will be on hand to answer all your inquiries over the coming year.

Aled Cabaret Stage Programmer

Aled came on board in 2013 after we managed to source funding to bring back the Cabaret Stage, a much-loved feature of Bristol Pride Day. One of our own Bristol Scene Queens, you can often catch Aled (or his alter ego Miss Beaver) boldly shaking a bucket when it comes to fundraising. As a strong asset to the local queer community, Aled coordinates artists from all over the UK to perform in Bristol and bring great drag to our area.

Harriet Queer Vision Festival Producer

Harriet is a Bristolian producer, writer, and community organiser, who hit the ground running in cinema exhibition via the Film Hub’s Beyond Boundaries in 2022. Prior to this she frequently collaborated with venues and festivals in hosting film events on queer identity.

Beyond her work with the Queer Vision Film Festival programme, she regularly screens films under SWITCH: her established brand addressing the need for better gender representation and inclusivity in all cinema industries across the UK.

Harriet has also been host and organiser for the Bristol Trans & Non-Binary Creatives meet-ups since mid-2022, which has enabled her to support and facilitate local creatives in similar careers while fostering a stronger sense of community and openness to collaboration.

Our Trustees

Jayne Chair

Graphic designer for some big brands and local companies in Bristol, Jayne has been working with Bristol Pride since 2010. The brain-child of our film festival Queer Vision, from designing the brand, programming and developing QV into a submissions festival partnering with Iris Prize.

In the early years of Bristol Pride Jayne stepped into the breach when our team was tiny, running the comedy night and looking after artists on the main stage, utilising her experience of festival and artist work at Glastonbury main, jazz and dance stages. Currently managing our main stage, which has become a firm favourite on the pride circuit for many artists.

As one of our trustees, Jayne puts over a decade of festival experience and knowledge into supporting the continued development, political and social importance of Bristol Pride.

Freddie Secretary

Freddie is one of the Pride trustees and for many years coordinator of the community area and other stalls at Pride, so will be a familiar face, seen dashing about the festival. He also pitches in with anything and everything that’s thrown at him and has been supporting Pride for many years now. He started volunteering with us when he was Social Secretary for the LGBT Soc at Bristol University where he graduated in Animal Welfare & Behaviour which must be where he learnt how to herd cats.

Ross Treasurer

Ross has volunteered for Pride since he was at university in 2010, and is now one of our Trustees. He teaches in a Bristol primary school and is committed to widening the representation and celebration of diverse identities and different families in education.

What does Pride mean to you?

- "Being not just tolerated or accepted but celebrated for all of who we are."

Awards and Accolades

. Pride Organisation of the Year – Gaydio Awards 2024
. Best Event – Bristol Life Awards 2023
. Best LGBTQ+ Event 2022 – Southern Enterprise Awards
. Best Event – Bristol Life Awards 2022
. Best Event – Bristol Life Awards 2021
. Best Event – Bristol Life Awards 2020
. Top50 Global Pride Events 2019
. Top50 Global Pride Events 2021.