Saturday, 21st July 2018
Proud to be hosting UK Pride 2018
ISLE OF WIGHT PRIDE WIN BID TO HOST UK PRIDE IN 2018
Shayne Jackson, Youth Pride Committee Chair at Isle of Wight Pride
"A year in which the MP called gay people ‘dangerous to society’, prominent homophobic columns appeared in the local press and a Councillor suggested banning homosexuals from public toilets, 2017 saw the inaugural Isle of Wight Pride, uniquely taking place on a beach with thousands turning out in support. UK Pride status will enable the Island to build on this success and create a major celebration of diversity and inclusivity, showing the rest of the UK what an amazing place it is."
23 October 2017
Isle of Wight Pride beat stiff competition at the UK Pride Organisers Network conference to win the right to host UK Pride 2018
After a successful UK Pride Organisers Network conference held in Blackpool this weekend, the Isle of Wight was voted to be the host for UK Pride in 2018.
Only a year ago, didn't have a Pride organisation and just a few months later they are now preparing to welcome everyone to their second ever Pride on the 21st July 2018.
Joe Finch from Isle of Wight Pride said today: “It is testament to the incredible impact that our first ever Pride had on our Island that we were given this prestigious event in only our second year. We really want to use the opportunity given to us to not only show off our gorgeous Island to the world, but to make a real impact on the lives of Islanders. We also want to use it as a spring board for the rest of the UK, to show other isolated communities the importance and impact of diverse events such as Pride and the difference it can make, and to encourage them to put on an event of their own!."
Andy Train, Co-Chair of the UK Pride Organisers Network and the organiser of the first UK Pride at Pride in Hull in July, said: "It was an enormous privilege for Hull, as City of Culture, to host the first UK Pride. Selecting the host for 2018 was a tough choice as we had four excellent bids to choose from. But it's wonderful to be handing the UK Pride mantle over to the Isle of Wight - the second ever UK Pride at the second ever Isle of Wight Pride. I look forward to seeing their event develop."
Isle of Wight Pride will take place on Saturday 21st July 2018, with various events organised in the weeks leading up to Pride, including the arts and sporting events.
Yve White from Isle of Wight Pride said: “We are absolutely blown away by being given this huge honour. Its incredible how far we have come in such a short space of time and we will do everything we can to put on an incredible year of events for UK Pride. It won't be a day, it won't be a week, there will be events throughout the year to support and engage everyone. Everyone will be welcome."
The bid had the high profile backing of veteran LGBTI activist Peter Tatchell, and the Isle of Wight's MP, Bob Seeley.
Isle of Wight Pride narrowly beat Pride Cymru to the title, with Liverpool Pride and Exeter Pride running in earlier rounds of voting. Outgoing Co-Chair of the UK Pride Organisers Network, Steve Taylor, said: "With more Prides in the UK than any other country in Europe, we wanted to establish UK Pride as our national equivalent to EuroPride and WorldPride. That four Prides entered the competition in just its second year shows the power of Pride and whilst the Isle of Wight has won, it was clear that all four Prides could have delivered a fantastic UK Pride in 2018."
Team Pride is growing and now is an exciting time to get involved as we start planning for UK Pride 2018 to be hosted on the Island.
There are lots of ways you can get involved, whether it is organising and being part of our big team in taking on a specific role prior to the event. Or if you just want to volunteer on the day itself, we need YOU to help out!
In return, there will be lots of opportunities for fun days out, from Bowling, to team building exercises and you could be joining us at an amazing festival such as the Isle of Wight Festival, VDub festival and many more!
If you think you are up to the challenge and want to be involved then please email Volunteer@IWPride.org with your details and we will get back in touch as soon as possible.
We will include various volunteer engagement events throughout the year and you can check these out on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Be a part of something that changes lives! Be a part of something amazing! Be a part of PRIDE!
GALA SOLD OUT
PLEASE COME BACK FOR MORE EXCITING EVENTS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE SUMMER PRIDE BOAT PARTY
SUMMER PRIDE BOAT PARTY 2018
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Sunday 6th May 2018 4pm-8pm seeing Southampton Pride and Isle Of Wight Pride bring you the first party of the summer.
A boat party fundraising event not to be missed 2 floors with 4 Djs & 4 drag queens, the best the south coast has to offer.
Pre drinks at The London Hotel, SO14 from 2pm, Setting sail from Town Quay, Southampton at 4pm to travel the Solent. After party at The Stage Door.
Limited tickets available so make sure you buy them quick.
£15 per ticket this includes free entry to the pre and after parties - more details to follow.
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