The Bristol Pride Festival, named No2 ‘Best Pride In The UK’ is just 1 months away.
Bristol is now one of the largest Pride events to take place in the country and it claimed its accolade in the recent Cooperative Respect Awards. The Festival returns with a week long programme running from the 5-13 July which will showcase a diverse range of events including: comedy, sports, dog show, workplace conference with LGB charity Stonewall, the award winning Confessions of a Rabbi’s Daughter and even an all-female Shakespeare performance in Windmill Hill City Farm. Pride Week also hosts the Bristol Pride Film Festival at The Watershed with specially selected, and award winning films including G.B.F – Gay Best Friend, short film Language of Love and the multi award winning Who’s Afraid Of Vagina Wolf?, the story of a filmmaker who decides to make an all-female version of, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The week culminates in a massive outdoor music and arts festival which takes place in Castle Park on Saturday 12 July. Kicking off with the Pride Parade through the city, the festival will feature 2 stages of entertainment, family area with kite making classes from Bristol Kite Festival, funfair, market and expo stalls, food and bars, roller disco with Bristol Bump and a community area hosting over 60 organisations ranging from health services, charities and sports groups.
Entry to Pride Day will be by donation (£3 suggested) but Pride are offering £5 Day wristband or Day and Night pass for £15 that will offer discounts onsite including food stalls, reduced bar prices and skate hire as well as offers with other Bristol businesses keen to support Pride.
Acts already announces include 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, House Diva Angie Brown and 90s dance sensation Corona. There’s even international interest in Bristol Pride this year with Canadian singer Iskwé and American electropop duo Hi Fashion both contacting the festival to play as part of their world tours.
In the evening Pride takes over the O2 Academy for the official Pride afterparty with DJ sensations the Freemasons headlining an evening spectacle which will also feature aerial performances from Circomedia Students 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.
Pride Director Daryn J Carter said “2013 was our biggest year yet and we’ve got really exciting events for 2014 as well as an amazing line up for 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.”