Their large-scale summer gatherings have been a fixture of the nation’s calendar for decades, and the only thing to successfully halt these city-wide celebrations was a global pandemic. But the vital work Brighton Pride does amongst the community still needs to continue.
Once again unable to bring people together in huge numbers, the fundraising organisation has announced ‘Pride At The Ironworks’ – an extensive season of smaller cultural events platforming LGBTQ+ artists and the wider community. Backed by Tesco, these will continue fundraising for local charities and groups which perform essential work all year round.
“The need for community has never been stronger,” said Brighton Pride’s director, Paul Kemp. “As one of Europe’s biggest Pride Festivals we are delighted that some of our regular partners, and some new ones, are continuing to support us through these challenging times, and we are looking forward to announcing our launch season in the next few weeks.”
Feedback from their recent annual survey with almost 3000 respondents highlighted the desire for accessible and varied Pride activity throughout the year. ‘Pride at the Ironworks’ will be a season of cabaret, comedy and live music, campaigning and politics celebrating LGBTQ+ culture and diversity, and part of a fantastic new year-round cultural calendar which views the world through a variety of lenses, amplifying unheard voices into the mainstream.
One of the first events will be to support Trans Pride Brighton, delivering their 2021 online events from the Ironworks. Joining this is The Identity Project, a stunning collection of portraits of the LGBTQ+ community. This will premiere simultaneously at the Ironworks and the Jubilee Library during the Pride month celebrations.
“In keeping with our core aims, every ticket will include a charity contribution to ensure we continue to raise funds for our essential local charities and community groups,” added Kemp. To make this cultural programme accessible to all members of the community, there will be a number of discounted tickets for every performance.
The debut Pride cultural season will run from August to September. It will then launch a year-round programme, incorporating Black History Month in October, LGBTQ+ History Month in February and potentially a Winter Pride season.
The support of the Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Programme has allowed Pride to continue planning for in-person events for this year and develop a fuller year-round diverse cultural programme, as well as progressing advance planning for next year. Brighton Pride are now keenly engaging and collaborating with other local organisations, producers and artists, as well as continuing to work with their existing contractors and staff, developing plans to make 2022 more spectacular than ever.
Brighton & Hove Pride is the UK’s biggest Pride Festival. All ticket revenue goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade, Pride Village Party and vital community fundraising. In the last six years, Brighton Pride has raised over £936,000 for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, Pride Cultural Development Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund. The Rainbow Fund has a remit to distribute donations in the form of grants to LGBT and HIV groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove. The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits local good causes, providing grants to a broad range of groups.
Pride at the Ironworks will run throughout August and September. To find out more, head to: