This year marks the 10th Bristol Pride and it's set to be the biggest and boldest celebration of the city’s LGBT+ community yet.

With Pride Day moving to The Downs, there's more room for all at the festival on 13 July, before the party continues at the official post-Pride shindig at the O2. Some of the biggest names from the last 10 years will be returning (Sophie Ellis-Bextor, A1, Sonique) alongside incredible new performers (Mel C + Sink the Pink, Boney M, Peppermint), plus many more across four stages. 

But that's far from everything! Here are 10 more things to look out for at Bristol Pride 2019, as picked by festival trustee Freddie Daw.

1. March in solidarity 

Pride began as a protest and Bristol keeps that alive with the Pride Parade on the morning of Pride Day, 13 July. Marching through the city, the parade is a visible reminder of the fight for LGBT+ people to be treated with humanity and respect, as well as celebrating the progress made to date. The march starts at Castle Park, leaving at 10.45am.

Bristol Pride march in the city centre

2. Remember Stonewall at 50 years

As well as 10 years of Bristol Pride, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal moment in LGBT+ history. On 28 June, this will be commemorated by a flag raising on College Green, followed by a remembrance event the next day at the Lord Mayor’s Chapel. Recordings from those at Stonewall will be played alongside songs and poetry.

3. Watch the best LGBT+ cinema at Watershed

Queer Vision, the Bristol Pride Film Festival, returns with an incredible line-up throughout the Pride fortnight. Highlights include an advance screening of Tell it to the Bees, as well as short film compilations from Iris Prize and Flare.

4. See more incredible theatre than ever before

Since it opened, the Wardrobe Theatre has been the natural home for the Pride Theatre Night. This year you can catch Riot Act and Murder, He Didn’t Write on 10 July as well as The Scandalous Love of Oscar Wilde on 4 July. From the Stonewall Riots and the life of one of the most notable gay figures in history, to improvised drag murder mystery - how's that for variety?

Murder He Didn't Write Bristol Pride Theatre

5. Enjoy outrageously fun improv

Expanding the theatre showing for Pride even further this year, the team at Bristol Improv Theatre have arranged an unmissable night on the 6 July. It will be headlined by the Dragprov Revue, a lovable soft-boy and sassy queen duo who create dazzling songs, sketches, and raps live on stage.

6. Engage with the wider community

Though Pride is a great excuse to party, it's also a great place to see the work being done by groups in the South West and nationally. Over 60 organisations will be attending Bristol Pride Day, so go and chat to the stallholders, learn about what’s happening in the LGBT+ communities and pick up some freebies too.

7. Make it a day out with the whole family

Pride is for all ages, from the youth area for teenagers, supported by Freedom Youth and OTR, to the family area for parents with younger children, which is a fun and supportive zone regardless of anyone’s identity. This year you can make some mess with the Super Pirates, be entertained with Drag Queen Story Time, try kite making with the WI and much more.

Pride

8. Spend a night at the circus 

After its sell-out arrival last year, the Bristol Pride Circus Night returns on 5 July at Circomedia. Expect a colourful and dynamic night, with high-flying acts, comedy and thought-provoking contemporary performance. The circus continues on Pride Day, with performances and workshops in the circus tent before it transforms into a silent disco for the evening.

9. More than a day, more than a week

It's not all about Pride Day - there are two whole weeks of events for the festival, including poetry with Milk Poetry, talks with Pint of Science, and the pup-ular dog show; full details are online and in the festival programme. It's also important to support and celebrate our LGBT+ community year-round. With so many bars, clubs, and services in Bristol, be proud every day!

10. Celebrate the T in LGBT+

This past year has seen a rise in discrimination towards transgender people, as rights we have fought for are threatened. For 2019, Bristol Pride has teamed up with local groups such as Trans-Pride SW to put on multiple socials for trans members of the community, including a special workshop on 14 July with Shea Freedom.

So, let's make a stand and support everyone in the LGBT+ rainbow family, showing there is no place for discrimination or hatred in Bristol.

Bristol Pride

About the author

As well as being part of the Pride committee and one of the festival's organisers, Freddie is studying for an Animal Welfare PHD.

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