The Bristol Pride festivities start this Friday and with over 100 singers, bands, DJs and performers, organisers of the 2013 Bristol Pride festival promise the biggest event to date with the free Pride Day festival on Sat 13 July in Castle Park being headlined by disco pop sensation, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, boyband BLUE with Ronika and Xfactor’s Ruth Lorenzo.
Pride Night will see the team take over the O2 Academy for the official afterparty: Plastic, a journey into the dream-like land of polypropylene! Featuring ‘The Best of Bristol’, with DJ sets from Horseplay, Wonky, Psycho:Drama and PopKraft, the event will be headlined by a live performance from electro-pop star Little Boots.
Pride ‘Week’ will run from the 5– 14 July and will see events ranging from sports days, talks, theatre, comedy, a specially selected week-long film festival at Watershed and a book signing on Saturday 6th July with gay military officer James Wharton who speaks about being out in the military including his support from Prince Harry. Pride week aims to showcase LGBT performers, groups and causes in venues all across the city.
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. 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 also sees an evening of comedy take place at The Lanes featuring performances from Suzi Ruffell, Lara A King, David Morgan and Lee Peart.
Festival Organiser, Daryn Carter Said:
“This year we have had even more performers come forward to be part of the week-long festival. As well as securing 3 headline acts to perform we’ve got over 100 artists making this our biggest event yet, which is pretty impressive given that we don’t get funding to put Pride on. We’ve worked really hard, all of us as volunteers, to ensure that the event is a free event for everyone to attend and has an amazing line-up that will appeal to a wide range of people. We’ve really put Bristol on the map, I’m already really proud of this year’s event and we’ve not even started yet.”
Organisers hope as many people as possible will take part and support the Pride Parade which gathers from 11am in Queens Square. The parade is the opportunity for LGBT people, families and friends to have a visible presence and visibly celebrate, but Bristol Pride hope to also highlight the inequality that still exists for many LGBT people around the world.
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