Bristol Pride unveil plans for two-week 2021 celebration

Bristol Pride unveil plans for two-week 2021 celebration

Posted on: 21 Apr 2021

The festival will be making it's eagerly-anticipated return in July with a programme of in-person events.


The Bristol Pride team have today (Wednesday 21 April) announced plans for the return of their renowned annual festival this summer, hosting a two-week programme of events, workshops, talks and more from Saturday 3 - Friday 16 July.


After 2020 saw Bristol Pride take place solely online due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers are hopeful of returning to an in-person format as the UK emerges from lockdown under the government's roadmap plans.


From live musical performances to comedy, theatre, club nights and a range of practical events and resources, the festival team will be looking to bring the city to life and bring the LGBTQ+ community back together after a difficult year.



The vibrant Pride Parade is set to make a return to the streets of central Bristol as part of this year's celebrations, as well as Pride Day, which will be held at Castle Park for the first time on Saturday 10 July.


Other events to look out for across Bristol Pride 2021 include the return of official afterparty Pride Night to the O2 Academy, the always-popular Dog Show and an unmissable Drag Cabaret featuring queens from RuPaul's Drag Race UK.


Attendees can also enjoy live comedy and theatrical performances, as well as in-house film festival, Queer Vision.


Organisers have taken a robust approach to this year's planning, and have assured the public that every event taking place as part of Bristol Pride 2021 will be delivered in accordance with the latest safety guidelines to minimise risk to visitors, performers and staff.



Speaking on the announcement of this year's programme, Bristol Pride Festival Director, Eve Russell, said:


“We are so excited to be working on delivering this year’s festival in person again and to be able to bring everyone back together to celebrate safely.


“It’s been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, and the LGBT+ community has been disproportionately affected, so it feels right that we create events that will focus on community, giving us all the chance to reconnect but also to be loud, proud and visible once more.


“We’ve received a huge amount of support over the last year but without government-backed insurance a last-minute cancellation of our festival in its usual format would risk the future of Bristol Pride and we are not prepared to do that.


“We have loads going on in July and almost all of it can happen with social distasting if required - we can’t wait to see you all there.”


From the Pride Parade to Pride Day and every single event on the Bristol Pride programme, the annual celebration serves as a reminder that the LGBTQ+ community continues to fight for equality across the UK and around the world.


For more information on Bristol Pride, to find out more about their support work or to follow news and updates as more lineup information is released in the coming weeks, head to their website or find the team on Twitter.


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