Islands’ Pride festival set for 11 September

A FESTIVAL celebrating the LGBTQ+ and other minority communities in the Channel Islands will return to Jersey this year, subject to government Covid advice at the time.

Pride 2019. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30041980)
Pride 2019. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (30041980)

It is hoped that Channel Islands Pride will take place in St Helier on 11 September and the group has chosen the theme ‘reflect and celebrate’ which will honour the anniversary of 9/11.

The group hosted the only physical pride celebrations in the UK last year after holding an event in St Peter Port in Guernsey.

Christian May, director of Channel Islands Pride 2021, said: ‘We hope that Channel Islands Pride 2021 will build on the huge success our colleagues in Guernsey had last year, and that the celebrations will not only attract members of our pan-Island community, but will draw visitors to Jersey to celebrate in our relaxed and beautiful Island – supporting the hospitality sector as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.’

The free event is due to feature a new exhibition section, a second community stage and a health and community zone, as well as the return of the main stage, family zone, silent disco, beach zone and food village.

Mr May said the group would be submitting full plans to the Bailiff’s event panel shortly to seek permission and guidance.

He added: ‘We will, of course, be closely following any government Covid-19 guidance given at the time about public events, and Pride will only go ahead if we are absolutely assured that it can do so safely.’

Organisers are hoping to stream the event live on social media and YouTube as well as to a large screen in Guernsey.

Vic Tanner-Davy, chief executive of Liberate, the charity responsible for Pride, said: ‘We are delighted that the Channel Islands Co-operative Society will again be the lead sponsor and we hope that other businesses will join in showing support for our Island’s diversity and its minority communities.’

Organisers are looking for Islanders and businesses to get involved in the celebration and help to sponsor the event.

Anyone wishing to get involved should email sponsorship@liberate.je.

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