Organisers of the Bristol Pride festival have announced the events that will make up this year’s Bristol Pride festival.
Pride ‘week’ will run from the 5– 14 July and will see events ranging from film, sports, talks, theatre, comedy and performance to showcase LGBT performers, groups and causes in venues across the city.
Pride bring an LGBT film festival to Bristol in conjunction with POUT and Watershed featuring exclusive screenings including Cal, ‘standalone’ follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Shank’, focusing on a broken Bristol after the summer riots, I DO an award winning film stepping right into the centre of the marriage equality debate and a selection of other films from the heart-warming, heart-breaking and down-right hilarious.
Other highlights of the week include a special screening of Mamma Mia! on Monday 8 July at Showcase Cinema de Lux in Cabot Circus, where audiences get the chance to sing along and will be joined on the night by Screenplay Writer Catherine Johnson who will introduce the film and answer questions. A week of sports events and activities starts on Sunday 7 July as part of the Bristol Pride Community Games, whilst a conference at UWE Bristol exploring the experiences of LGBT+ young people takes place on Wednesday 10 July which will also see a spectacular comedy night take place at The Lanes featuring performances from Suzi Ruffell, Lara A King, David Morgan and Lee Peart.
There will also be exciting collaborations with other festivals and events in the city to raise awareness and promote social cohesion including Pride at St Paul’s Carnival and a performance of Drag King Richard III, a ground breaking theatre piece in conjunction with the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.
Bristol Pride 2012
The Pride Day festival takes place on Sat 13 July and will once again see a free outdoor cultural music and arts festival in Castle Park. Over 20,000 people attended Bristol Pride in 2012 attracting supporters and party goers from all over the UK bringing a boost to the city’s economy, profile and status as a city that champions equality and diversity.
Acts already announced to perform at the festival include Bashema, Wildflowers, Anttix, Vanquish, Xfactor’s Ruth Lorenzo, Kamaliya, ‘I Wanna Give You Devotion’ rap star MC Mikee and disco sensation Ronika. The day will also offer a dedicated family play area, community zone, food and market stalls, silent disco dance area as well as a cabaret stage featuring artists from all over the country. There’s even a performance tent with special participation pop video filming that will be touring Reading, Leeds, The Olympic Park Festivals.
Pride Night will see the city come alive with colour and Pride take over the O2 Academy for the official afterparty: Plastic, a journey into the dreamlike land of polypropylene! Featuring DJ sets from Horseplay, Wonky and PopKraft the event will be headlined by a live performance from electro-pop sensation Little Boots.
Kelly Ballard, Destination Bristol’s Head of Marketing, said; “Bristol has one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the UK. It’s a vibrant and friendly scene all year round but especially so in July, when we’re home to one of the best Pride events in the country. There’s such variety during Pride this year that it really encourages everyone to get involved, and the Pride Day festival on the final weekend promises to top things off in style.”
The Pride Day is free but organisers are offering discounts at the bar and on food concessions for those that have purchased a Pride Supporters Wristband. Full event listings and information can be found on www.pridebristol.co.uk For more information about the LGBT scene in Bristol, visit www.visitbristol.co.uk/lgbt