Bristol Pride is back for 2023 with a spectacular and diverse lineup of events across the city between the 24 June and the 9 July.

The main festival day returns on Saturday 8 July on The Downs, with four stages, circus tent, family and youth zones. It promises to be the biggest Bristol Pride to date.

Headliner Jake Shears closes out the festival with Natalie Imbruglia taking the Afternoon Legends spot, plus RuPaul’s drag race legends Ra’Jah O’Hara and Tia Kofi will be taking to the Cabaret Stage alongside hundreds of other performers. For full listings check out the Festival Programme.

Bristol Pride on The Downs

However, Bristol Pride is more than just the day itself, Freddie Daw, Pride Trustee is here to give you his top ten picks for the next two weeks:

1. Say “Hell Yeah!”  to fun, femxle-centred improv

The Bristol Improv Theatre team up again with Bristol Pride to bring a night of stunning improv from a supHer group of queer improv talent on Sat 1st July. An entire show will emerge as these powerhouse performers interact with the audience and each other, to create characters, sketches, and stories.

Monica Gaga Hell Yeah Improv

2. Join Pride for a Night at the Circus

A returning favourite event for the festival, Bristol Pride and Circomedia invite you to roll up on 29th June and be astonished by some exceptional performers. Showcasing the best of contemporary circus, expect dazzling acrobatics and thought-provoking pieces, often in the same performance!

Bristol Pride Circus Night 2022

3. Educate and engage yourself with disability and LGBT+ intersectionality

Join us on 6th July, at the Kuumba Centre with Interculture for an interactive panel to talk openly about the often-missed intersectionality between LGBT+ advocacy and disability advocacy. Hear about panellists’ lived experiences. With spoken word and a Q&A, this will be a great chance for creating positive change in our communities.

4. Bring Your Paws to the Runway, the Dog Show Returns

Always a joyous event, the Bristol Pride Dog Show returns to Castle Park on 2nd July. With prizes and rosettes to be won across 10 rounds, from waggiest tail to most like owner this will be a fun and relaxed event for all to enter or to watch. The afternoon culminates in a massive game of musical sit!

Bristol Pride 2022 dog show

5. See a musical created in front of you by Dragprov Revue

Christian Dior and Eaton Messe head to the improv theatre on Fri 30th June with wit as sharp as their contour and jinks as high as their brows. This dynamic duo will create hilarious songs, sketches, and even a full-fledged musical in this special Pride fundraiser.

Dragprov at Bristol Pride

6. See the radical history of Switchboard presented by House of Savalon’s Astro-Zenica

Drawing on archival research and oral histories this theatre piece explores the languages and codes queer people developed to communicate and find community. With details from call logs from the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, founded in Totterdown by Dale Wakefield, showing the power of community this a show not to miss, running 3rd and 4th July at the Old Vic.

7.  Join us at the Cube for the Butch Bar Mixtapes

On Tues 4th July Queer Vision teams up with the Bristol Butch Bar for a selection of shorts highlighting butches, transmascs and our Non-Binary siblings. Across 10 short films that range from arm wrestling, to haircuts, to celebrating the queer body this selection is empowers and celebrates butch joy.

Bristol Pride Parade

8. See the rest of the Queer Vision programme of films

Queer Vision is Bristol Pride’s film festival, now in its 11th year, we believe in the importance of seeing ourselves reflected on screen and the power of film for social change, check out the full range of events. One highlight, on Thurs 6th, sees the return of South West Shorts, showcasing an eclectic mix of new short films from the south West, followed by an opportunity to mingle with other filmmakers and members of the BFI.

9.  Laugh your socks off at the Bristol Pride Comedy Night

This year the Comedy Night takes to its biggest stage yet by being hosted at the Bristol Old Vic, with the return of our beloved host Jayde Adams. The perfect event for Pride Day Eve on Fri 7th July, join us and comedians Josh Jones, Heidi Regan, Sam Lake and Charlie George for an evening of hilarious fun.

Bristol Pride Comedy Night 2023 lineup

10. Join the March

On the morning of Pride Day on the 8th the Pride March will once again go through the centre of Bristol, starting at Castle Park, to loudly and proudly declare we are here, and we are not going anywhere. As we see continuous attacks on the LGBT+ community, from both individuals and those in power, it is more important than ever to stand up and be visible, all members of the public are free to join us and be heard as we protest and champion for LGBT+ people’s human rights.

Bristol Pride 2022 Parade March Banners

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