The annual Pride festival, due to take place on Saturday 11 July as been postponed until Saturday 11th September due to the escalations of action to combat the spread of Corona Virus.
As well as a massive outdoor music and arts festival on The Downs, the organisers had scheduled over 30 events across venues in the city which would have taken place from 26 June.
Since the outbreak of Corona Virus the team have been carefully monitoring the ongoing developments and had been working on contingency plans for the festival, taking the decision to postpone and move to September. On Wednesday 25 March the Mayor, Marvin Rees announced that Bristol City Council would cancel all outdoor events taking place on council owned property until the end of July.
As one of the largest pride events in the UK, Bristol Pride brings together thousands of people who travel from all over the UK and overseas to attend the festival and given the current climate organisers felt it was the best decision to mitigating risk to public health and to reduce pressure on blue lights agencies at this critical time.
‘We know this will be disappointing, BUT we are already working with the council, contractors and our performers to work on a date to deliver the festival later this year and we hope to be able to share a confirmed September date for the festival as soon as possible.
This is an unprecedented time for us all. It’s a challenging situation for everyone, as people, as organisations and as businesses – especially the many small and independent businesses and artists that we work with to deliver an incredible Pride event. We feel that postponing the event and mitigating the risk of a full cancellation is the responsible thing to do and will help everyone’s planning and scheduling. Now, more than ever, we need to remember that we are all one global community and laid bare we can see we do all have more in common than sets us apart. We are all human. Together we will get through this and we look forward to the chance to bring you everything we had planned, just later in the year.
Organisers urged everyone to follow the advice issued by the Government and Public Health England, to support each other, reach out to loved ones and friends. Look after yourselves and act responsibly, for now stay home but when this passes come out and support events like Pride.
Further information from the Bristol Pride website here