Pride Day: 14th July | Bristol Harbourside
Bristol Pride have announced their first wave of artists and events for this year’s Bristol Pride Festival which will see the festival expanding to a full two weeks of events across the city to celebrate Pride.
Running from the 2nd – 15th July, the main Pride Day Festival will take place on Saturday 14 July on Bristol Harbourside, with the festival taking place across the Amphitheatre, Waterfront Square, and We The Curious’ Millennium Square.
Acts announced include Britpop bastions, Republica, fronted by the iconic and fiery Saffron, electro-pop duo Avec Sans, dance sensation and N-Trance singer, Kelly Llorenna, Lloyd Daniels and Laurent John, all on the main stage sponsored by Unite Students.
Other stages at the festival include a jam-packed cabaret stage, with some of the UK’s top performers flocking to Bristol to perform, and the Dance Performance stage, featuring local and national dancers and workshops with styles ranging from hip hop, salsa to street dance.
Favourites returning across Pride fortnight include the Pride Dog Show on Sat 7 July, Theatre at the Wardrobe on Tuesday 10 July featuring a drag version of ‘Murder, She Didn’t Write’ and Comedy on Thursday 12 July, hosted by TV’s funny woman and award winner, Jayde Adams. New events for 2018 include poetry, a talk on the science of gender and sexuality in the natural world, and a 24-hour LGBT+ game jam ahead of the popular gaming event at Kongs Bar.
The award-winning Pride Film Festival, Queer Vision, returns with screenings taking place in the Watershed, including a special evening partnered with IRIS Prize, where Bristol Pride (and the audience) make selections for the Best of British competition and the winner on the night will have the chance to win £20,000 in post-production support from Elstree Studios. Submissions for shorts are still open.
One of the highlights is sure to be a specially curated Circus Evening, in partnership with Circomedia, where LGBT+ circus and acrobatic performers will dazzle with amazing skills while exploring themes that affect and celebrate the community.
Pride Night will again see Pride takeover the O2 Academy and feature LGBT+ clubnights and DJs, who will come together for one night only, with rooms curated by Don’t Tell Your Mother, LGBT+ PoC night KIKI and London club behemoths Savage Disco, a creation of party makers, Sink the Pink, headlining the main arena.
Pride will be expanding their investment in accessibility at the festival and will have British Sign Language interpreters across all stages at the festival this year, with support from UWE Bristol.
Pride Day will start with the Parade March that will depart from Castle Park at 11am and will snake its way around the city with a giant 50-metre rainbow flag. Last year, over 7000 people took part in the parade, with even more lining the streets to cheer everyone on – a colourful, empowering opportunity to declare loudly and proudly that hate and prejudice doesn’t belong in our city. That’s a message more important than ever in a year that’s seen hate crimes spike across the nation.
Bristol Pride remains free entry. It’s one of the UK’s largest Pride events and one of the largest festivals in Bristol. Without core funding to put Pride on, the event relies purely on sponsorship and donations to happen. Entry to Pride Day is by a suggested donation of £3 and Pride offer a fantastic £5 supporter wristband to keep the festival going and offer great rewards, including all-day free travel with First Bus, money off the onsite bars, and £1 journeys with Bristol Ferries, as well as other fantastic offers.
See you there!