PRIDE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE - CANDIDATE PRIDE 2026

What is EuroPride?


An annual festival of culture, equality awareness and the arts; awarded and licensed by members of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA).


Previous hosts include Copenhagen, Vienna, Marseille, Riga and London. EuroPride can attract anywhere from 30,000 to 600,000 people depending on the host location and programme of events.

Why are Pride in Gloucestershire bidding?


We have a strong believe in the power of Pride to maintain progress in promoting equality, tackling discrimination and improving human rights. We believe that our county has the location, resources and capabilities to host a truly inclusive and community-focused festival of events in backdrop of city and rural locations that is able to make visible the issues facing our community both locally, nationally and across Europe.

Aims of our bid


Our main aim is to showcase the entirety of our beautiful County and all it has to offer rather than focusing our activities in just one city.


We want to deliver a 2 week long programme of arts, culture and equality awareness that is fully inclusive and accessible to all; not only to those who join us in person but to also to outreach to those across the UK and Europe who can not join us.


The first two decades have seen some huge leaps forward for our community but this progress is starting to decline and reverse. This can't be allowed to happen!

We also want to focus on the issues that rural areas face - LGBTQ+ life is not just confined to the cities! Isolation in the rural community is present across the entire continent and not only do we want to create a legacy of improved social cohesion for our County but also empower LGBTQ+ organisations across the UK and Europe to continue moving forward.

OUR JOURNEY SO FAR..

MAGDEBURG, GERMANY

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

 NATIONAL PRIDE CONFERENCES

We headed to Magdeburg, Germany to take part in their pride celebrations and officially announce our intentions to campaign and bid for EuroPride 2026. 


We had the honour of getting to know the commitee and trustees responsible for Magdeburg Pride and learn more about their bid to host EuroPride in 2025. 

We were fortunate enough to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark for WorldPride 2021. 


This was a great opportunity for us to network with pride organisers from around the world and share information regarding our EuroPride 2026. 

In October 2021 not only did organise a d host the UK Pride Organisers Conference in Cheltenham but we travelled to the German Pride Network annual conference and also a gathering of the Norwegian Pride Organisations to introduce our bid and engage with the wider LGBTQ+ community across Europe.

CONTINUING OUR JOURNEY

MAGDEBURG -  BRUSSELS - CORK - LONDON - BELGRADE - TURIN - METZ - BARCELONA - 

2022 will be a busy year for the team. We start by visiting Belgian Pride in May and will be working our way around Europe to engage with the European community to see what they want from their EuroPride. We will also be using this opportunity to promote what we do here and also promote the county of Gloucestershire.