Brighton Pride announces campaign theme for 2014 festival as ‘Freedom to Live’

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Organisers of Brighton Pride have announced Freedom to Live will be the umbrella theme for the city’s Pride festival in 2014.

Brighton Pride Community Interest Company Director Paul Kemp said: “Our mission for Brighton Pride is to put it on an international stage.

“It is one of the biggest events in the UK and we really want to make Brighton Pride an international Pride and take it on to an international platform and highlighting the plight of LGBT communities all over the world who do not have the same freedoms as we enjoy in the United Kingdom.

“2013 was a defining year for Pride as a celebration of diversity and a return to Pride’s campaigning roots.

“In 2014 we want to widen the focus to highlight countries all over the world where LGBT people are denied their Freedom to Live.”

Organisers will learn in February whether they will receive a £25,000 grant from Brighton and Hove City Council to help with running costs.

It is also expected the theme for the parade will be announced around this time.

Mr Kemp said: “We only got landlord’s consent about four weeks ago and now we go out into the community to get their feedback.”

In November, Brighton and Hove City Council suggested Pride no longer required an annual grant of £25,000 because the event is now in better financial health. 

It was announced last month that the 2014 festival will run from Friday 1 August until Sunday 3 August, with additional events in Preston Park.

Theme suggestions for the parade will be discussed at a meeting of LGBT organisations at Envy above Charles Street in Brighton on Wednesday 18 December at 7pm.