The Verse’s Lynsey Downie previews Pride, taking place in Brighton on 3rd – 5th August 2018.
The biggest LGBTQ Festival of the UK back and nothing says summer in Brighton like Pride!
So full of energy and soul, it’s hard to leave your house without seeing a flood of rainbows and glitter transforming the streets of Brighton. After an incredible turnout in 2017, when 300,000 people came together to celebrate their diversity, 2018 seems to be following suit. Pride broke the internet when Britney Spears, gay rights advocate and icon, was announced as the festival’s headliner. The site crashed as thousands went to buy tickets, and rightly so. Pride is Spears’ first stop in Europe for ‘Piece of Me’ tour. However, Spears will not be the only performer to grace the stage; Ella Eyre and Pixie Lott are well anticipated.
The story of Pride is one of perseverance and love; from the Pride March in 1973 causing political anger and uproar to the thousands joining together to celebrate diversity and social change. Pride also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the rainbow flag this year, commemorated with a “colour my world” theme. This theme intends to embody the eight colours that the rainbow flag represents: sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, art/magic, harmony/serenity, and spirit.
Along with the festivities of Pride, this year will be the first to welcome LoveBN1Fest to Brighton. A Sunday Pride festival, also held at Preston Park, will be headlined by Jess Glynne. LoveBN1Fest has been created to raise money for the Pride Social Impact Fund. This year also sees the return of Pride Community Festival and Pride Village Party.
Of course, this festival is not just about celebrating what makes us all unique, but is based based on showing love to the community. Over the last five years, Pride has raised over £455,000, donated to the Rainbow Fund: “A Pride with a Purpose”. This year money for tickets will be donated to a number of initiatives: the Allsorts Youth Project, Mindout, and the LBGT Community Safety Forum. The latter delivers the Accessibility Matters Project, who aim to make Pride more accessible and safer for people who are disabled, blind, or deaf.
Get your glitter and fake eyelashes out because this summer is going to be fabulous!
To get tickets for Pride go to https://www.brighton-pride.org/
Featured image courtesy of Angus Wharton