We know that there may be some questions about this (and next) year’s festival and how we’ve reached our decision on the format.
We hope that these FAQs cover everything that you need to know ahead of Bristol Pride Festival 2021.
Financially it was too risky to have an event on The Downs so close to the government’s easing on 21st June. Any delays to that date could affect our event and the council were unable to provide us with a later date in the year and any cancellations would have a huge (and unrecoverable) financial impact on us.
The Downs can only happen when we are “back to normal” and we expect to return there in 2022!
As we’re not doing an event like we would have done The Downs, we don’t have a line-up.
We will, however, have some entertainment on Pride Day in Castle Park and we’re using local talent who will do some really fun unamplified* performances for you all.
*not requiring a stage set up with speakers
Using the current roadmap things might go back to normal on the 21st June at the earliest, but as our event is so close to that date, any setbacks will of course affect us.
Our events can be remodelled if we need to introduce any due to changes in guidelines, such as social distancing, however, some events may have to be cancelled. We sincerely hope that this is not the case and anyone who had bought a ticket would be refunded.
As we do each year, we will have security and stewards to assist in the management of the parade and we will put road closures in place.
We will be following the guidance and will have a better understanding of how to hold a safe gathering of people after the Government’s pilot events happen in June. In the event that the parade cannot go ahead, we will create something like 2020’s online parade
The Pride Night after-parties are smaller numbers of people, with a managed capacity. We will have ticket buyers’ information in the event we need to contact people.
If the event had to be cancelled, our financial risk is really limited.
As we’ve mentioned before, the event will be subject to the Government’s guidance at the time.
The Cabaret Night will be a fully seated and ticketed event. Like Pride Night, it’s a capacity managed event and we’ll have the details of all ticket buyers.
In the event of changes in guidance, this can become a socially distanced event if needs be. If the event had to be cancelled, ticket buyers will be refunded.
We’ll have them on sale soon and not only will they give you discounts, but they will also support us and the work that we do.
We rely on volunteers to help us make our events run smoothly, their support is invaluable. If you’d like to join us this year, you can apply here.
Applications to become a trader or food vendor during Pride Day are now open. You can find out more, here.