Birmingham Pride will not take place in 2020 - but a digital celebration of the event will be available to enjoy this Sunday.
The popular two-day festival, which was originally due to have been held this forthcoming weekend, was initially postponed until early autumn due to the coronavirus crisis.
However, with the pandemic’s impact set to be felt across society for several months to come, the decision has now been taken to cancel the intended September dates.
The next Birmingham Pride will be the 2021 edition of the event, taking place in its usual springtime slot in late May next year.
Commenting, Festival Director Lawrence Barton said: “With a great deal of sadness and regret, we feel we have no choice but to postpone Birmingham Pride again, until Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 May 2021. After all, everyone’s safety must be our primary concern.
“The good news is our small team are working extremely hard to confirm as many of this year’s acts as possible for next year, including our headliners, Kelly Rowland and Cheryl.
“We would therefore urge everyone who has already purchased tickets for this year’s event to transfer them to 2021 and help us ensure Birmingham Pride’s future.
“Please give our team time to confirm the artists, and our ticket agent, The Ticket Sellers, will write to all ticket holders as soon as possible to give you the options and answer all your queries.”
Mr Barton also revealed that festival organisers were ‘proud to present a taste of the event in your own homes’ this weekend via Birmingham Digital Pride, which will be broadcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from 2pm on Sunday 24 May.
To watch Mr Barton’s announcement, click here.
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