Manchester Pride to release tickets for those in financial hardship

Besi Besemar July 13, 2014

300 day tickets will cost just £5 each.

Ian McKellen at Manchester Pride
Ian McKellen at Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride will be releasing 300 day tickets for the Big Weekend, available to Greater Manchester residents who are undergoing financial hardship.

Organisers are offering limited reduced price tickets to people who cannot afford to purchase a standard ticket. The tickets will cost £5, with monies going directly to the Manchester Pride Community Fund.

Mark FletcherMark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said: “This year’s Manchester Pride Festival is all about LOVE and we want everyone to have the opportunity to be a part of it, regardless of their financial status.

“We are keen to make a real difference and we hope that this initiative will make the whole event more inclusive for the wider community.”

The idea to release the 300 £5 tickets came from the Manchester Pride Community Collective which provides the opportunity for individuals representing community organisations and groups to act as an advisory body for inclusion at Manchester Pride – from planning and implementation to design and delivery.

Manchester Pride raises money for LGBT and HIV charities and projects within Greater Manchester and is one of the only UK Pride events to consistently do so. Since 2003, it has raised and distributed over £1.1million.

Manchester Pride has come in for considerable criticism in Mancheter during the last 12 months as the amount of money raised for good causes has reduced considerably over the last few years resulting in their offices being picketed earlier this year by detractors including former GayFest organiser Julia Grant.

Manchester Pride raised £34,000 for good causes in 2013.

The theme for Manchester Pride 2014 is LOVE and will be rolled out across the festival, whether it be to honour the same sex marriage act, or challenge the final pieces of the legislation.

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