Organisers of Bristol Pride call on people to financially support the event in 2015.
BRISTOL Pride have launched a Crowdfunder to support the 2015 event and are calling on those that are passionate about keeping a Pride event in the city to pledge their support.
Running until May 14 the team hopes the Crowdfunder will raise well over the minimum £5000 to support the infrastructure costs needed to stage the festival, which costs over £100,000 to put on.
Bristol Pride, which last year was voted No 2 Best Pride in the UK (Coop Respect Awards), runs for over a week across the city and culminates in a massive free outdoor community music and performance festival.
Pride uses the arts to champion equality and tackle issues affecting the community whilst developing a platform to support LGBT and local talent.
In 2015 the festival brought in over 31,000 people to its events, and in 2013 boosted the local economy by £953,000, but organisers were unsuccessful at being awarded Key Arts Provider funding for the city which would have helped secure the event for the next 3 years.
With grant sources dwindling and costs increasing the team are asking the public to pledge their support for Pride which has become one of the highlights in the city events calendar for many locals and visitors alike.
Rewards include Pride Festival supporter wristbands including a gold pass to all the events during the week, festival tickets donated by Love Saves The Day, Green Gathering and Sunrise Festival, tickets to Bristol Zoo and special prints of the rainbow fireworks over Clifton Suspension Bridge for the 150th anniversary.
The Crowdfunder also offer festival sponsorship and opportunities for small businesses keen to support Pride and equality in the city whilst benefiting from the wealth of marketing on offer.
Organiser Daryn Carter, said: “Pride is a vital and fantastic event for the city but we need support to be able to keep delivering the event. We’re one of the biggest Pride’s in the UK and Crowdfunding is a chance to support us to deliver both the festival and the week of events around it. We’re offering a range of rewards including our festival supporter wristbands which offer discounts on the day of the festival including money off food, bars and free travel on the day with First Bus in Bristol.
“We want to continue to deliver an event that is open to everyone, that has a week of events surrounding it and has things like the parade and community area which all cost money to include. People’s support also enables us to continue the work we do throughout the year to tackle discrimination, such as visits to schools and universities, raising awareness, combating hate crime and events to support the most marginalised within the community.”
To view the Crowdfunding video and pledge support, click here:
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