Posted 25 March 2020
in Pride 2020
July Festival Postponed
The Bristol Pride Team and Trustees have been carefully monitoring the ongoing developments with Covid-19 over the last few weeks and have been working on contingency plans for the festival. As well as the ongoing risks and uncertainty, and the decision today by Bristol City Council to cancel all outdoor events until the end of July, it may be of no surprise that we are faced with the decision to postpone this year’s festival.
As one of the largest pride events in the UK, every year thousands of people travel from all over the UK and overseas to attend the festival and given the current climate we feel this is the best decision based on venue closures, mitigating risk to public health, ongoing travel restrictions, reducing the pressure of blue lights agencies at this critical time.
We know this will be disappointing, BUT we are already working with the council, contractors and our performers to work on a date to deliver the festival later this year and we hope to be able to share a confirmed September date for the festival as soon as possible. The situation surrounding Covid-19 is evolving rapidly and we continue to monitor the situation closely.
This is an unprecedented time for us all. It’s a challenging situation for everyone, as people, as organisations and as businesses – especially the many small and independent businesses and artists that we work with to deliver an incredible Pride event. We feel that postponing the event and mitigating the risk of a full cancellation is the responsible thing to do and will help everyone’s planning and scheduling.
Please follow the advice issued by the Government and Public Health England. There will be varying needs of support to get through this crisis and all we can do is urge you to be kind, be there for each other and know that it’s OK not to be OK. If you need help or support reach out to loved ones and friends. Look after yourselves, look out for each other, reach out to friends and neighbours and act responsibly. If you would like to volunteer to support the council response to this epidemic then you can sign up online here: bit.ly/bristolcovid
Now, more than ever, we need to remember that we are all one global community and laid bare we can see we do all have more in common than sets us apart. We are all human.
Together we will get through this.
Header image: Bristol Pride 2019 Parade March by Dan Regan