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Update on Manchester Pride Festival 2020

Manchester Pride Festival 2020 Postponement Q&A

We have worked to ensure we have covered everything you need to know about this decision, but understand that you may have more questions. We ask that you remember we are a small team, with an even smaller group managing our social channels. Behind our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts are real people who are just as disappointed and upset with this news as you are. We ask that you are kind and patient with your queries, and we will do everything we can to ensure they are answered in a timely manner.

Why are you postponing the Manchester Pride Festival?
We know many of you will be as devastated and heartbroken by this news as the Manchester Pride team. The decision to postpone Manchester Pride Festival 2020 is not one that has been easy, or taken lightly. Since the situation began evolving, our small team has been working tirelessly behind the scenes, drafting a number of potential scenarios and contingency plans to ensure we would be prepared for every eventuality, including this one. We have engaged with and worked closely with all of our stakeholders to reach this decision. Due to the seriousness, scale and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, we simply cannot and will not put anyone involved at risk. 

Does this mean it’s cancelled?
We had incredible plans for Manchester Pride Festival 2020; it was to be our biggest and best offering yet. By postponing, as opposed to cancelling, we are making a commitment to our loyal and valued festival-goers, our stakeholders, our artists and everybody else involved that we will deliver on these plans in August 2021. It’s going to be a celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Manchester to remember. 

Is Adam Lambert playing Manchester Pride Festival 2021?
Earlier this year, we were delighted to announce Adam Lambert had chosen not only Manchester, but Manchester Pride as this one of his two chosen UK dates as part of the Velvet Tour. We are hugely grateful to all the artists that we had booked to perform at the festival this year and many of them have agreed to return to perform for us in 2021 to help us deliver the biggest and best Manchester Pride Festival in 2021. At this stage, we cannot confirm if Adam will be joining us in 2021. As we work closely with artists and agents to build an amazing programme for the Festival in 2021, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.

Why didn’t you make this decision sooner?
When the current situation first came to light in early March, the August Bank Holiday weekend was still five months away. We exhausted every possible plan, and our team has never worked harder in doing everything we could to continue working towards the Festival, despite the complete uncertainty of this ever-changing situation. These have been trying times. We have and will always work within the guidelines, advice and recommendations put forward by the Festival’s key decision-makers and that’s what we have done every week since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Why aren’t you rescheduling the Manchester Pride Festival to later this year?
The time, logistics and planning that go into creating one of the biggest and best celebrations of LGBTQ+ life in the UK is significant. Having looked at all possible scenarios and risk-factors, we made the decision to postpone Manchester Pride Festival till 2021. Unfortunately, when a situation is so uncertain, it is incredibly difficult to plan around that. We are very excited about 2021, and hope that you are too.

What can I do with my ticket?
All tickets bought for the events due to take place in 2020 will automatically be rolled over to 2021. We anticipate demand to be higher than ever next year so by rolling over all tickets we will be guaranteeing your place at Manchester Pride Festival 2021. We understand many of you have found yourselves in financially insecure situations, and that you may need to request a refund, in which case we would ask that you await communication from Ticketmaster which will be sent in due course. There are options within here to donate part of your ticket refund to Manchester Pride which will help us safeguard the future of the charity. This is applicable to all tickets, be they Rainbow Passes, Gay Village Party or VIP tickets and companion/carer tickets or if you have won tickets through competitions on our social channels.

Why should I donate to Manchester Pride?

Manchester Pride is one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities. We campaign for LGBTQ+ equality, celebrate LGBTQ+ life and create opportunities that engage LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester so that they can thrive. Every penny we raise is ploughed back into the community and we are dedicated to promoting and raising awareness for LGBTQ+ issues in the fight for equality. While Manchester Pride Festival is our flagship event, our team works all year round to deliver programmes that engage communities and improve life for LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester. Your donations, now more than ever, are vital in us continuing our important work and we truly appreciate those of you who choose to donate a portion of your refund to us, and indeed those of you who choose to hold onto your ticket to ensure your place at Manchester Pride Festival 2021.

Can I buy tickets to Manchester Pride Festival 2021?
We understand many of you may want to secure your place at Manchester Pride Festival 2021, so that you have something to look forward to and so your place at our biggest and best ever celebration of LGBTQ+ life is secured. With this in mind, we have made the decision to keep tickets on sale and any purchased from here on in are a pass to what will be the most-anticipated Manchester Pride Festival of all time. Please note that we will not be releasing line-up, venue or any other details until 2021.

I am carrying my ticket over to 2021, but I would also like to donate to Manchester Pride.
If you are holding onto your ticket in order to guarantee your place at Manchester Pride 2021 but would still
like to donate to us you can do so in two ways: Through our Just Giving page.  You can donate £3 to Manchester Pride by texting MCRPRIDE to 70450. Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £3 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text MCRPRIDENOINFO to 70450.

I / my organisation planned to be in the Parade/volunteer/sponsor the Festival this year, what does this mean for us?

We are so thankful to the individuals, businesses, companies and organisations who had applied to take part in this year’s Festival, whether by marching in our Parade, volunteering over the weekend or sponsoring one of our many events. Our team will be in touch with you in the next 48 hours to offer guidance and assistance on this matter, and answer any questions you may have.

Will there be any celebration for LGBTQ+ people in Manchester this year?
Our biggest priority remains the wellbeing and safety of our employees, our suppliers and those who attend our events. We are committed to ensuring we celebrate our wonderful LGBTQ+ communities in some way this year, and that everyone feels represented and included. We can’t quite say what that will look like just yet. However, you can help us shape what we may be able to achieve by taking this short survey.

What does the postponement mean for Manchester Pride as a charity organisation?
The Manchester Pride team is devastated and heartbroken by this news. Manchester Pride Festival is our flagship event, one of the biggest celebrations of LGBTQ+ life in the UK, and the highlight of the year for all of us. The LGBTQ+ community and its well-being is at the heart of everything that we do, and we are proud of everything that we have achieved as an organisation over the last two months. We will continue with our mission to work with LGBTQ+ people, helping them to live free from discrimination and to feel safe in their own environment and to educate people on how to recognise, understand and prevent discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, in order to achieve our vision of living in a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice. There are tough times ahead, but we are confident that with your support, we will weather the storm.

What can I do to help me cope with this news?
We recognise that statistically, LGBTQ+ people are at much higher risk of experiencing poor mental health. We know many of you have been suffering in isolation, and that our postponement of the Festival may cause you distress, disappointment and upset. There are many incredible organisations still operating to ensure the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people. We’ve listed some of these organisations working to assist all LGBTQ+ communities get through these tough times.

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