After an absence in 2010 Pride in Brighton & Hove is pleased to announce that the UK’s largest Winter LGBT Festival is back. Opening on Saturday 5th March 2011, the nine day festival will bring together businesses and community groups to stage a wide variety of events across the city.

Winter Pride 2011 will run from Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th March 2011 and it’s not too early to get in touch to discuss an idea for an event or even register an event!

This is a call out for all LGBT community groups, individuals and businesses to organise events for Winter Pride 2011 (5th -13th March 2011). Over the six years Winter Pride was established it was a huge success because community groups, local businesses and LGBT individuals put on a range of fantastic events that appeal to our broad and diverse LGBT populations. Events such as the Justin Campaign’s Footballphobia v Homophobia in Jubilee Square, Brighton Bothway’s BiFest celebration, Charles Street’s annual Fashion Show, as well as plenty of live music, pub quizzes, club nights, line dancing and even a nude swim!

Russell Allen, Pride Chair says, ‘After a year off we want Winter Pride 2011 to be even bigger and better than ever with more diverse community involvement and business fundraising events. The news that Winter Pride will be back next year has been met with a great deal of support and we are really looking forward to its return. Winter Pride is different to the main summer Pride events in so many ways as it encourages more local community groups to get involved in Pride to raise their own profile and supports the amazing work they do 365 days a year.’

Pride is looking to support community based events during Winter Pride by offering events advice, options for room hire, free advertising, free listings and promotion of your event and your group. Just let us know what support you need to put on an event and we will do our best to match that need.

If you’re a community group or local business and have an idea for a fundraising or community event you can register now by calling Pride on 01273 775939. Deadlines for submissions are Friday 14th January 2011.

The Winter Pride programme will be available in February 2011 with full details of all the Winter Pride events.

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