Fans of Liverpool Pride can return to the event for free this year as the festival “bounces back” with a new identity.
Organisers have revealed the annual LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) celebration is undergoing big changes as it gets set to take place on 30-31 July.
Financial difficulties saw Liverpool Pride scale back in 2015 but now in its seventh year, the event will take over a new site in the city’s St George’s Quarter across St George’s Hall, The Plateau, William Brown Street and St John’s Gardens.
The date for the festival always coincides with the anniversary of when murdered gay teenager Michael Causer tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008, as the festival was specifically created in his memory to celebrate his life and empower the LGBT communities.
However in 2016 it will be held the weekend before what would have also been Michael’s 27th birthday.
Joan Burnett, trustee of Liverpool Pride Charity, says: “In 2015 Liverpool Pride took a very difficult decision to downsize due to financial constraints. Doing that has ensured our stability and we’re bouncing back in 2016 with an extended festival and some great new ideas to get everyone involved – we’ll be more inclusive, more diverse and just as much fun as ever.”
Following a ‘Liverpool Icons’ theme, this year’s Liverpool Pride, which has been organised with Orb Events, will attract all ages with live music and entertainment, food and drink zones, community and education zones, a market place and family activities and speakers.
The popular Liverpool Pride March will also begin and end at the festival site on 30 July.