The Annual Winter Pride Festival is back! Running from Saturday 5th – Sunday 13th March 2011.
Opening on Saturday, 5th March, the festival will showcase 60 events across the city in 25 different venues involving local community groups and businesses. A full calendar of events is available on the Pride website; www.brightonpride.org/calendar.php, a pocket size guide will be available in venues across the city next week and you can check out our Winter Pride Facebook page at www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=127209074018819
Thank you to all the venues, promoters and community groups who have organised Winter Pride events. This is just the start of the 2011 Pride in Brighton & Hove calendar, which will showcase events and activities in which the whole community can take part in including the Pride Companion Dog Show in July, the summer festival week and of course the main parade and park events in August.
Winter Pride celebrates the local LGBT community and we hope visitors will travel to the city to join in the fun, helping raise vital funds for Pride in Brighton & Hove. The funds raised for the charity during Winter Pride are essential to ensure Pride has the capacity and structure to work with our partners to plan and develop a safe and enjoyable park event. Pride is committed to maximize fundraising for the local LGBT voluntary sector and support over 70 community groups at the park and in the parade, as we did last year, but we can only do this with your help. Raising funds through ticket revenue is just one way of asking Pride supporters to contribute to the costs of the event. Pride still believes it’s important to fund its activities through a diverse range of income streams; including sponsorship, business fundraising and voluntary donations. This provides greater security for income generation, keeps ticket prices low and offers the best method of raising vital funds for the local LGBT voluntary sector.
Highlights during the week include:
The Gender Trust and Clare Project collaborate with an evening of cabaret celebrating trans identities on Thursday 10th March at The Marlborough Theatre.
A Showgirl Carnival, Feathers and Sparkle for one night only at The Zone. With special guests incl. Tina Turner (AKA Sally Vate) on Sunday 6th March.
Local faith groups come together once again during Pride to present an event to explore connections and interactions between faith and sexuality on Friday 11th March at The Friends Meeting House.
The Bulldogwill be celebrating all week including a 63 hour fundraising weekend from Friday 11th March – not for the fainthearted!
Brighton Bothwayspresent a life drawing session entitled This is What a Bisexual Looks Like at The Marlborough Theatre on Monday 7th March.
The Prince Arthurpresent an evening of film in this intimate and cosy venue on Tuesday 8th March.
Dr Brighton’scelebrate their second birthday with £1 shots all night and Winter Pride shenanigans on Saturday 5th March.
The Naked Homo performs Life Model Alive at The Brighton Media Centre Gallery on Saturday 12th March.
DJs Formaldehyde and Von Death- Special People Club bring the campest, creepiest and kookiest music to ever assault the ears at The Latest Music Bar on Sunday 13th March.
Miss Dynamite performs at Revenge on Friday 11th March.
A full calendar of events can be found at www.brightonpride.org, so it time to put the winter blues behind you and enjoy the fantastic range of fundraising events during Winter Pride and please remember to dig deep.