With Brighton & Hove Pride 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19, organisers are taking the event online courtesy of a Summer Digital Festival.
We Are Fabuloso! will be streamed live from 31 July to 2 August through the PrideTV Network on YouTube, Twitch and other platforms yet to be announced.
Comedians and broadcasters Stephen Bailey and Zoe Lyons will host.
Stephen is a familiar television face whose CV includes narrating ITV Be's Ferne McCann: First Time Mum and hosting Takeshi's Castle on Comedy Central.
Zoe has appeared on television shows including Have I Got News For You and Celebrity MasterChef. She also runs and hosts the popular Bent Double night at Brighton Komedia.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Brighton Pride, We Are Fabuloso! will feature live, recorded and archive footage of local and international artists, performers, activists and DJs.
Also included in the line-up of entertainment will be a virtual tour of the Pride site in Preston Park. Coming complete with drop-ins at all the stages and tents, the tour will take a look at some of the festival’s highlights from years gone by.
The schedule will be tied together by live presenters from a purpose-built studio in Brighton and will feature performers and highlights that were already planned for this year’s Fabuloso: Pride In The Park event. Musicians, singers, speakers, activists, drag artists and performers of all kinds will represent the diverse areas of the Preston Park Festival.
We Are Fabuloso! will kick off with a virtual LGBTQ+ Community Parade, featuring a procession highlighting the work of local community groups and charities.
Viewers are encouraged to make a donation so that Brighton & Hove Pride can continue its essential fundraising for community organisations.
In the last six years, the festival has raised over £920,000 for neighbouring charities, projects and community groups.
Commenting on We Are Fabuloso!, Brighton Pride Director Paul Kemp said: “Brighton & Hove Pride is such an important community fundraiser for our LGBTQ+ groups, and to not have a Pride event this year really affects our ability to raise these essential funds and could seriously jeopardise the future of some groups. We really hope everyone gets behind this fundraising effort.
“Brighton & Hove Pride is a time to come together to celebrate and embrace diversity and inclusion in our great city, and just because we’re not able to meet in person doesn’t mean we can’t support and celebrate our fantastic LGBTQ+ communities.”
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