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Pride Cymru moves to August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2017

Besi Besemar December 27, 2016

PRIDE Cymru next year will run over three days in a new location at Cardiff Civic Centre over the 2017 August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend 2017 will be a mega-mashup of Pride and Cardiff’s Big Weekend which was last held in 2011.

The ever-popular Big Weekend was always one of the key events in Cardiff’s calendar turning the City Hall Lawn and the streets surrounding the civic Centre into a carnival of colour, with funfair rides, amusements and entertainment from some of the UK’s biggest names in music.

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend 2017 will provide 3 days of pure party atmosphere and extravagant entertainment in the heart of the capital, celebrating and promoting the importance of LGBT+ in the community as well as bringing more than 200,000 people together in celebration in Wales’ capital city.

Lu Thomas

Lu Thomas, Chair at Pride Cymru, said: “We are looking forward to bringing the Big Weekend back to the capital next year, especially in our new location. Following the success of Pride 2016 we are very much looking forward to making this event an even bigger success for the LGBT+ community in Wales as well as the local community and economy of Cardiff. This is definitely a weekend that nobody will want to miss.”

Cllr Phil Bale
Cllr Phil Bale

City of Cardiff Council Leader, Cllr Phil Bale, added: “I’m delighted that Pride will be taking centre stage at the Civic Centre over the Bank Holiday weekend. This new, three-day-long Pride event will also see the welcome return of Cardiff’s famous Big Weekend as the Pride organisers look to merge the two events into one.

“This city council has always supported the Pride event and we were delighted to be able to help the organisers with their new plans. When the city council began talks with Pride about moving the festival from Coopers Field, the City Hall Lawn and the Civic Centre seemed the perfect setting.

“This is one of the world’s finest civic centres. It puts Pride centre stage and the idea of reintroducing the Big Weekend as part of the festival will offer another dimension to what has always been one of Wales’ best events.

“The people of Cardiff have always taken the Pride festival to their hearts and I’m convinced this even bigger and better version will prove to be a huge hit, attracting residents and visitors from across the UK, and even the world, to this fantastic LGBT+ celebration of diversity.”

Pride Cymru Big Weekend will take place from August 25-27, 2017

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