Pride in Hull has launched its bid to bring EuroPride – the biggest LGBTI celebration in Europe – to the city in 2023.
EuroPride takes place in a different host city every year, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees from across the continent – and world – to celebrate all things LGBTI.
And inspired by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – the year we were named as the first ever UK Pride – we’ve got massive plans for a year-long, rainbow-strewn celebration throughout the city. Expect exhibitions, pop up events, conferences, galas, parties and the biggest Pride ever.
At Pride in Hull, we’ve celebrated the LGBTI community in the city for almost 20 years and gradually grown into one of the region’s major festivals, drawing in tens of thousands of people from across the UK – with more than 50,000 celebrating with us in 2019.
Matt Walton, chair of Pride in Hull, believes there’s never been a better time to stand up and throw a hat into the ring to host EuroPride in 2023. He said: “EuroPride is such a huge event, bringing thousands of people to its host cities, and we believe that Hull is ready to shine as the hosts of EuroPride.
“The volunteer team behind Pride in Hull have proven time and again that we know how to put on a safe, fun and spectacular celebration, still centred in the grassroots political movement that is the vital heart of the Pride movement.
“We’ve faced huge changes as a city and a nation – from Brexit to the current situation with the coronavirus lockdown – but the Pride in Hull committee absolutely believe in the city’s passion to build bridges and reconnect people.
“We’ve seen the power of the rainbow to bring hope in the past couple of weeks, and we know that EuroPride in Hull would be such a source of joy and hope for all.”
We’re already working on a huge planning effort behind the scenes to get our bid ready to present at the European Pride Organisers Association AGM in Oslo this October, where we’ll find out if we’ve been successful.
We’re hoping to capture the imagination of the people of Hull to make this huge opportunity a reality.
Matt added: “What we saw in the UK City of Culture year in 2017 was a huge coming together of people from all walks of life – from arts lovers to sceptics – and we know the city can do it again.
“We were devastated to have to cancel this year’s Pride in Hull event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it was for the right reasons. Hopefully, us revealing this great big and frankly audacious bid will help raise some smiles during a difficult time for everyone.”
Soon, we’ll be unveiling more about how you can get involved and get behind the bid, from writing letters of support to recording messages and submitting ideas for events and venues. It’s going to be incredible.