Brighton Pride saved from closure

By Kat Hopps

Brighton Pride 2009. Credit: AnemoneProjectors

The future of Brighton Pride has been saved after debts of £180,000 owed to over 20 charities had previously threatened to close the festival.

Pride Brighton & Hove, a newly formed community organisation, was given approval to run the event by Brighton City Council on March 6th. They take over from cash-strapped Pride Southeast Ltd who had bid to run a paid-for event in Preston Park only.

The festival will now be managed by Michael Deol and Robert Webb, the owners of Revenge nightclub in Old Steine, James Ledward, editor of GScene magazine, and Paul Kemp, of Wild Fruit.

The date for this year’s Pride has been set as 1st September and will consist of the usual parade through the city and the ticketed event in Preston Park. The popular festival now in its 20th year attracted over 100,000 people last year.

The organisers have pledged to return Pride to its charitable status by donating £1 from each ticket sale towards the Rainbow Fund which will support local LGBT/HIV causes and charities.

Deol told The Argus: “We see the continuation of the city’s LGBT festival as integral to Brighton’s economy.

“The annual event has ensured a fantastic summer boom for businesses across the city from guest houses and hotels to restaurants, shops and clubs.

“It is with this in mind, and our belief in the great importance of Brighton’s fantastic LGBT services, that Pride Brighton and Hove are proud to reinstate Pride in 2012.”

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