Manchester Pride 2012

Publish Date: 06/12/2012

Manchester Pride today announced the 2012 fundraising total of £52,000, which will go towards supporting LGB&T & HIV good causes throughout Greater Manchester

Manchester Pride remains one of the UK’s leading LGB&T community festivals and each year continues to raise funds for local LGB&T & HIV good causes.

Manchester Pride has traditionally been a fundraiser for the LGBT and HIV communities and is the only Pride event in the UK that has consistently done so. Since 2003 it has raised over £895, 000 for local organisations many of which receive very little funding form other sources.

Although 2012 has seen a decline in the funds raised, thisfall is against a backdrop of a UK-wide decline of 20% in charitable giving.

Traditionally The Big Weekend event takes place throughout August Bank Holiday weekend and this year saw a decline in numbers attending Pride due to poor weather conditions which saw many other festivals across the UK being cancelled.

John Stewart, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride comments “In its current format, Manchester Pride does a good job of fulfilling its objectives of celebrating and campaigning for LGBT people but as a charity we also need to significantly increase fundraising. We will achieve this by introducing new elements to Manchester Pride, looking to change those aspects that people who come don’t like and by examining how we can reduce our costs again in 2013. I’m confident that next year will see a much fresher festival and significantly more money going to charity.”

Paul Martin, OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation comments “It is important to remember that monies raised will go towards providing much needed services for Manchester’s LGB&T communities and those affected by HIV. In these times of austerity absolutely every penny counts. It is also important to recognise the help, support and dedication of volunteers from Manchester Pride, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, George House Trust and many other organisations who help to make sure that the event is a success year on year. ”

Pride-goers will have a say in the any changes for next year and community and online consultations that started in the summer will continue next year as organisers begin to shape Manchester Pride 2013.

The Manchester Pride Fringe, which has taken place in the week prior to the Big Weekend, will eventually move in 2014 to become a summer arts festival staged around the city centre in addition to showcasing the best in LGBT arts and theatre talent. In 2013, the Fringe will be extended to run for two weeks prior to the Big Weekend.

Also planned for 2013 is a new Manchester Pride Community Festival, a free to enter event in the Village which will take place in early Summer and bring together all of Manchester Pride’s charity partners to showcase their work and raise additional funds.

Manchester Pride will return Friday 23-Monday 26 August 2013

For more information on Manchester Pride go to:  http://www.manchesterpride.com