The 10th live Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) 2021, the long-awaited community event, which raises vital funds for the Brighton Rainbow Fund is on all this weekend. Having held a series of virtual events last year, due to Covid-19 lockdowns, the organisers have confirmed an exciting, varied live schedule for this coming weekend.
Artists confirmed so far: Candi Rell DQ, Chris Hide, Colin (Pianoman) & Miles, Dave Lynn, Davina Sparkle, Jason Thorpe, Lorraine Bowen, Miss Jason, Sally Vate, Stephanie Von Clitz and the amazing Australian singer/songwriter TIN.
Bears, their friends and supporters will be treated to what is billed as ‘four days of furry fun in the sun’ (all venues in Kemptown, Brighton):
Saturday, July 24– The legendary BBW Garden Party at Dorset Gardens (12-6pm), featuring the Lunch Positive Kitchen, the ever-popular Al’s Bar, more than a dozen merchandise and community stalls, plus an incredible line-up of performers, with proceedings compered by JonBee. Attendance of the Lions Barber Collective (an international collection of top barbers, who have come together to help raise awareness for the prevention of suicide) has just been confirmed, with a dedicated marquee.
Saturday, July 24 – Bear-a-oke, Upstairs @ Bar Broadway (6.30-9.30pm), featuring Candi Rell-DQ and JonBee.
Sunday, July 25 – Sunday Roast at Amsterdam Bar & Kitchen (12.30-6pm), featuring cabaret from Drag With No Name.
Sunday, July 25 – UnderBears, Upstairs @ Bar Broadway (10pm-late) – the underwear party that is never brief!
Graham Munday, chair of BBW, said “We are thrilled to have received an outpouring of support for this year’s Brighton Bear Weekend locally, nationally and indeed internationally. The BBW Committee has been working hard behind the scenes to deliver a programme of events that will appeal to a wide cross section of the bear community.
“To everyone wishing us well, to everyone who will be coming along to enjoy our events, to everyone playing a part in making BBW the success it is bound to be – a huge thank you from the BBW team and on behalf of those who will benefit as a result of funds raised.”
BBW supports the Brighton Rainbow Fund, which provides needs-led, grant-based funding to Brighton & Hove-based LGBTQ+ volunteer-run groups, providing frontline services in/for: community safety, HIV/AIDS and health and community development.