Brighton & Hove Pride to be live-streamed as "spectacular" digital festival this summer

Brighton & Hove Pride has announced plans for a “spectacular” online festival to mark its 30 years of campaigning, protest and celebration.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 1:37 pm
Updated Monday, 1st June 2020, 1:38 pm
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The event will also help raise essential funds for its LGBTQ+ community groups.

Paul Kemp, director of Brighton Pride, said: “With an extensive schedule of events centred around the original Pride weekend of August 1-2 2020, there will also be many online warm-up events in the preceding weeks.

“The schedule will be tied together by live presenters from a purpose-built studio in Brighton and will feature performers and highlights that were already planned for FABULOSO – Pride In The Park as well as archive footage of iconic acts from past years. Musicians, singers, speakers, activists, drag artists and performers of all kinds will represent all the diverse areas of the Park Festival.

“This year’s Brighton Pride had already confirmed artists from the main stage, Cabaret Stage, BAME Stage, Pride Dance Big Top, QueerTown, Trans Fabuloso Stage and many more and we intend to reflect the full flavour and diversity of the Pride In The Park Festival and Parade to enjoy at home.

“The show will be livestreamed on the Brighton Pride website, on YouTube and on other platforms to be announced. All the entertainment will be free to view so viewers across the world will be able to tune in from the comfort of their homes but also maybe with groups of friends.”

Paul added; “Brighton & Hove Pride is such an important community fundraiser for our LGBTQ+ groups and to not have a Pride event this year really affects our ability to raise these essential funds and could seriously jeopardise the future of some groups. We really hope everyone gets behind this fundraising effort.

“Brighton & Hove Pride is a time to come together to celebrate and embrace diversity and inclusion in our great city, and just because we are not able to meet in person doesn’t mean we can’t support and celebrate our fantastic LGBTQ+ communities.

“Viewers are encouraged to make a donation so Brighton & Hove Pride can continue its essential fundraising for our community organisations that provide so much support throughout the year.

“Our sole ethos is to promote respect within our community and support local charities and causes through fundraising. In the last six years we have raised over £920,000 for neighbouring charities, projects and community groups, distributed through The Brighton Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.”

About Brighton Pride:

Brighton and Hove Pride is the UK’s biggest Pride Festival operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community interest company. All tickets revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, LGBTQ+ Pride Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund.

Pride has raised over £922,000 for the Rainbow Fund, the Pride Social Impact Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and new Pride Solidarity Fund in the last six years. The Rainbow Fund has a remit to receive donations and to use them to give grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton and Hove. The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits local good causes giving grants to a range of local groups.

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