What to do this Pride

By james higgins, Wednesday Jun 28, 2017

June 30, 8:30pm
Queervision: Centre of my World

Returning from summer camp high-schooler Phil faces tensions at home with his first foray into love with heartthrob Nicholas. Infatuated Phil struggles to work out exactly who is the centre of his world.

June 30, 10 pm
Who’s That Girl, Pre-Pride Party

Expect: Britney, Whitney, Christina, Cyndi, FKA twigs, Spice Girls, TLC, Ariana, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child,  Eve, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj.

June 30 – July 1, 7:30-10:30pm
Hot Dates with the Past
The Red Lodge Museum

The Red Lodge Museum will be transformed into a dating site, taking inspiration from chats on dating apps, secret histories and fantasies that reveal all. Join Tom Marshman, Timberlina and Catherine Hoffmann for this steamy night as they weave through the truths and fictions of dating history.

July 1, 1 pm (12:30 pm registration opens)
Pride Dog Show
Castle Park

Categories are: Waggiest Tail, Most Well Groomed, Best Pup (Owner or Dog), Best Veteran, Happiest Rescue Dog, Best Trick, Most Like Owner, Fanciest Coat, Prettiest Eyes, Dog We’d Most Like To Take Home.

July 1, 4 pm (SOLD OUT)
Looking Awry, Bi Representation in Film

This talk will take a ride through cinema’s invocations of bisexuality, from well-known Hollywood neo-noir thrillers to underground queer film-making to the extremities of European art cinema.

July 1, 6:20 pm
Queervision: Itty Bitty Titty Committee

Award-winning classic indie comedy directed by the talented Jamie Babbitt (But I’m A Cheerleader) this is a rom com about queer feminist radicals reclaiming the streets for grrrls everywhere!

July 1, 9 pm
Don’t Tell Your Mother
The Phoenix

Bristol LGBT+ club night staple, featuring indie, pop, RnB, disco, as well as all the 80s and 90s classics.

July 2, 12:30 pm
LGBT+ Gaming

Bristol Pride Gaming returns after a great success last year, proudly teaming up again with Bristol Video Games Social to create a LGBT+ gaming event that is open and welcoming to all. You can expect staple classics such as Super Smash Bros, Street Fighter and Mario Kart as well as other retro classics and multiplayer madness.

2 July, 4 pm
Queervision: Honesty’s Edge

Short film fest featuring:

Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B

This sophisticated and raw portrayal was the clear winner at Copenhagen LGBT Film Festival. The film is about 67-year-old Ingrid has decided to deal with cancer on her own until a new carer spark new feelings.

Kaspar X: If I Had a Soul

This short follows Kaspar’s personal journey through conversations with his family, his friends and with God, as he connects with his inner self and comes to terms with being a trans-man.


What outfit would you like to be buried in? That’s the question at the centre of this film about gay Latinas, a Catholic mother, and a vintage Armani suit.

G-O Clock

Alex is a gay paramedic who saves lives on the London chem-sex scene, but can he save himself from it?

Sunday Lunch

In this extremely funny film, Celine Devaux explores the tradition of the family Sunday lunch and a situation of miscommunication we can all relate to.

Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B

2 July, 6:30 pm
Queervision: Gaze

First Love

Two best friends set out on a quest in pursuit of their first crush.

Little Doll

Two girls face the confusion and uncertainty of developing a same-sex first crush.


The story of a hardy Irish Traveller who becomes increasingly concerned with his nine-year-old son’s femininity and sets about toughening him up.


Inspired by the work of Eadweard Muybridge, Turning is a dance film exploring the cyclical nature and repetitive behaviour of contemporary society.

More than God

A screwball comedy that deals with family,obligation and the rigidity of religion.

Our Gemma

Explores questions of identity and how Gemma responds to bigotry and political sectarianism in her life.

Making History

This recounts the historic referendum victory in 2015, where Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.


3 July, 8:30 pm
Queervision: Just Let Go!

Great Escape

A woman considers an alternate path her life might take if she decides to follow her heart.


A moving short that tells the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf, through vignettes, music, and sign language.


Sophie is a full-time, live-in carer for her terminally ill Nana, Rita. And despite their constant bickering, their love for one another is deep and unwavering.

The Carer

Ari, a sophisticated and urbane gay man, moves into a Care Home and encounters Beau, the beautiful, heterosexual, illiterate former thief who is now his carer. Their unlikely meeting changes the future for both of them.


The true story of B. Torn between a cold relationship with K and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desires and lived a lie. But is it too late for B to follow her heart?


Tina, a troubled teenage girl, is attracted to Dana, an Afghani girl, whom Tina tells us is oppressively victimised by her controlling substance abusing father. But, as we watch their friendship blossom, we come to suspect that something isn’t quite right.


4 July, 8 pm
Murder, He Didn’t Write
Wardrobe Theatre

Returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after multiple sell-out runs in 2016, Murder He Didn’t Write provides a drag version to “one of the funniest evenings you’ll have in some time” (Ed Fringe Review). The talented Degrees of Error allow you to unleash your literary prowess, to create an original and hilarious improvised murder-mystery.

5 July, 8 pm
Kings Cross (Remix)
Zion Theatre

Kings Cross (Remix) uncovers the hidden histories of LGBT+ communities in London during the 1980s through memories of the Kings Cross area; an area that has undergone radical change since its day as a hub of LGBT communities, bars and culture.

5 July, 8:30 pm
Queervision, Best of British Competition Shorts

Zoodio 54

Two inseparable friends venture out into the bright lights of London’s hedonistic gay scene – little did they realise that they would not have to travel too far to find love.

We Love Moses

Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael’s best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.


A short documentary that invites a group of transgender young adults to explore their identity and reflect on their transition.


Growing up in 1950s England, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society.

Everything That I’m Not

This centres the relationships of 3 Butch/Femme and Stud/Fem lesbian couples.


The sudden death of his beloved grandfather forces Leroy out of his shell and with the help of a cassette tape his grandfather left him, he learns about what it takes to live in a ‘man’s world’.

6 July, 7 pm
Pride Comedy Night
Bierkeller Theatre

Always one of the highlights to the Bristol Pride Festival we’ve again been working hard to bring the best comedy acts to Bristol for a night filled with laughter. Featuring Jayde Adams (Winner of the Funny Women Awards and London Cabaret’s Audience Award), Julie Jepson, David Mills, and Bethany Black.

7 July, 5 pm
Pride Presents: Belinda Carlisle, Katrina & Avec Sans
The Amphitheatre

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7 July, 10 pm
Cabaret at The Gin Palace ft. Sandra
The Gin Palace

Special night of drag queen cabaret.

7 July, 10 pm
Eat Sleep Drag Repeat presents Sharon Needles and Willam Belli

Her career and lips have boomed since winning Season 4 of the Best Television Show on television, and Sharon Needles’ smokey eyes will gaze on while her fiery humour rains down. Joining her will be Willam; a 3D representation of what Paris Hilton would be like with a brain. Oh Nurse.

Sharon Needles and Willam

8 July, 11 am
Pride Day
Millennium Square and Amphitheatre

Multi award winning and voted UKs No2 ‘Best Pride’, Bristol Pride is the largest free Pride in the UK. Pride Day starts at 11am with the Pride Parade leading to a massive outdoor music multi stage festival (open at 12 noon) with onsite creative activities, community and family areas, bars, food concessions, market and much more. Check out what’s on and be sure to get a Pride Supporter wristband to help keep Pride going and access fantastic discounts such as money off at the bars and FREE bus travel with First Bus. Busted will be headlining the festival.

8 July, 10 pm
Pride After Party featuring Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon and Horse Meat Disco
O2 Academy

Three rooms of international and local DJ’s, performance, live acts and dancers.

The Grand High Executionatrix, dungeon mistress Charlotte Church, will give her MK Ultra treatment to the greatest tunes that time forgot, and some that will forever haunt our collective memory.

It’s the queer party for everyone and a glittering disco behemoth of classics, italo disco, house, oddities, Afro and punk funk.

They’ll be opening the show with their usual crazy mix of Indie, RnB & Dirty Pop.

All-girl party collective Frau DJs are a dynamic group of empowered females bringing high-energy, glitter-infused celebrations.

8 July, 10 pm
Cabaret at The Gin Palace ft. Mary Golds and Danny Beard
The Gin Palace

Special night of drag queen cabaret.

8 July, 8:30 pm
The Post Pride Gig
Attic Bar

A Hardcore Post Pride Bash with live music starring female led. This is an affordable and edgy event with tonnes of alternative live music from members of our local LGBTQ community.

9 July, 4 pm

Out and proud student Miles (Tim Boardman) is desperate to escape small town America by moving to the big city to enroll in film school. Desperate for a way out, Miles discovers a volleyball scholarship between his high school and a Chicago University. There’s just one catch – the only volleyball team that exists at his school is for girls.

9 July, 8 pm
Cabaret at The Gin Palace ft. Fanny Burns and Ruby Galore
The Gin Palace

Special night of drag queen cabaret.

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