Brighton & Hove Pride has teased plans for an extensive cultural LGBTQ+ festival through August and September 2021, following the cancellation of this year’s Pride event.
Although Pride is unable to hold its usual large scale Pride events this year, it has announced Pride at the Ironworks supported by Tesco, an extensive season of smaller LGBTQ+ cultural events supporting LGBTQ+ artists and the wider community while fundraising for essential local charities and community groups that do such essential work all year round.
Feedback from Pride’s recent annual survey, that almost 3,000 people responded to, highlighted the desire for accessible and varied Pride activity throughout the year. Pride at the Ironworks will be a season of cabaret, comedy and live music, campaigning and politics celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and diversity, and part of a fantastic new year-round cultural calendar that views the world through a variety of lenses, amplifying unheard voices into the mainstream.
One of the first events Pride will support is Trans Pride Brighton, which is delivering its 2021 online events from the Ironworks, an event and community space in the middle of Brighton, while The Identity Project, a stunning collection of portraits of the LGBTQ+ community, will premiere simultaneously at the Ironworks and Jubilee Library during Pride month celebrations.
Brighton & Hove Pride is also engaging and collaborating with other local organisations, producers and artists as well as continuing to work with existing contractors and staff working on plans for next year to make Pride 2022 more spectacular than ever.
Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton Pride said, “We were hugely grateful for the support of the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Programme that allowed us to continue our planning for in-person Pride events for this year and develop a fuller year-round diverse cultural programme as well as well as progressing our advance planning for 2022.
“Our initial Pride cultural season will run from August to September and will launch a year-round programme incorporating Black History Month in October, LGBTQ+ History Month in February and potentially a Winter Pride season.
“The need for community has never been stronger and as one of Europe’s biggest Pride Festivals we are delighted that some of our regular partners, and some new ones, are continuing to support us through these challenging times, and we are looking forward to announcing our launch season in the next few weeks.
“In keeping with our core aims, every ticket will include a charity contribution to ensure we continue to raise funds for our essential local charities and community groups.”
To make the cultural programme accessible to all members of the community, Brighton & Hove Pride will be offering a number of discounted tickets for every performance. Sign up to the Stage Door list to keep up to date with events and news from Pride at the Ironworks.