The organisers behind the Pride Bristol events are appealing to people attending this year’s events to support them with donations to ensure that future events go ahead.
Bristol City Council have not recommended that any funding is given to Pride from the Key Arts Provider Funding pool for 2015 – 2018.
It was also revealed that the amount donated during last years festival worked out at only 20p per person that attended.
In a message on Facebook, the Pride Bristol Team posted
…So we just found out that sadly after weeks of work putting together our funding bid the council has not recommended Pride get ANY key arts provider funding for 2015-2018, despite putting on 17 cultural and challenging events across Pride Week each year….. What this actually means is that this could be the last free to enter Pride festival UNLESS you support us.
Last year we got less than 20p pp in donations and pride costs over £100,000 to put on with costs increasing year on year.
Please make sure you donate on the day (suggested donation £3) or better yet get a Pride Supporter wristband, and get one NOW. They’re only £5 for the day and get you discounts onsite including the bars and food so you easily make your money back with a few drinks whilst enjoying 46 acts over 10 hours of live entertainment. £15 wristbands include the afterparty headlined by the freemasons and all the money from Pride Night goes straight into keeping Pride Day free.
If we did charge the additional costs of doing so would mean tickets would be over £10. So it is a simple choice to support us in keeping Pride free so that those who might not be able to afford a c£10-17 ticket can still come and benefit from Pride. We were voted No2 Best Pride in UK last year and we want to continue to grow, raising awareness for the community in Bristol, raising the profile of the city and that of our gay scene to benefit them all your round but we can’t continue without your support.
Supporter Tickets are available from the Pride Bristol Website