Bristol Pride is going bigger and better as the organizers announce a massive expansion for 2019.
Following last year’s record numbers, the annual LGBTI festival is on the move. The expansion will see the festival moving to The Downs where it will double its capacity after welcoming 36,000 people last year.
2019 will also mark the tenth anniversary of the current Pride team. They are responsible for one of the only four Prides in the UK to make it to the Global Top50 of Pride festivals worldwide.
‘Moving to The Downs not only means that we can deliver a bigger festival for everyone wanting to attend but allows us to develop a new festival area and present our biggest and most diverse line-up to date,’ CEO of Bristol Pride Daryn Carter said.
Additions this year will include a circus tent with performances throughout the day, a wellbeing area, and a silent disco. Moreover, there will be a new stage in partnership with DIVA Magazine.
Pride Day will start with the parade in the city center, which last year saw 12,000 take to the streets.
As part of the celebrations, the team is inviting previous acts to perform again at the festival. Performers include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sonique, NINA, Saara Aalto, and Bristol’s own Dr Meaker.
Others performing on Pride Day include Boney M, Four of Diamonds, Hazell Dean, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s Peppermint. Fellow RPDR star Manilla Luzon will be performing at a special Friday event at clubnight ESDR.
Comedy, theatre, and LGBTI films
The festival will run for two weeks with events taking place from 29 June until 14 July.
As well as a dog show, events include theatre performances at the Wardrobe Theatre, with Riot Act on Thursday 10 July marking the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
The Pride Comedy Night returns on Tuesday 9 July, which this year features their biggest ever line-up including Mawaan Rizwan, Tom Allen, Suzi Ruffell, Jayde Adams, and Zoe Lyons.
Events will also include Pride Circus Night at Circomedia, Milk Poetry and the Pride film festival Queer Vision at the Watershed.
Alongside some of the best LGBTI films, Queer Vision will host a special evening partnered with IRIS Prize, where Bristol Pride (and the audience) select a winner for their Best of British short film competition.
For more information on artists, events and supporter wristbands visit Bristol Pride website.