2019 Festival


What do I need to know?

Date: Sunday 14 July, 2019.

Time: 11:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Festival location: Hove Lawns, entrance near the Angel of Peace Statue (BN3 2WN).

Parade start location: There will be a short parade led by Unified Rhythm (an 80% disabled integrated carnival group) starting at 11:30 along the promenade, from the British Airways i360 to the Peace Statue at Hove Lawns. We welcome everyone to join us in the parade.

Who is the event for? Disability Pride Brighton is an all inclusive event for everyone including disabled people, non-disabled people, family, friends, carers and allies.

Why Disability Pride? We are called Disability Pride as part of a wider movement of other international Disability Pride organisations including events in Disability Pride NYC, Inc, Disability Pride Italia and Disability Pride Senegal. We are a community based group with the sole aim of being all inclusive whilst celebrating the diversity and value of all disabled people living well with visible and non-visible disabilities. We hope to raise awareness and help to reduce isolation within our communities whilst also engaging non-disabled people and bringing everyone together by hosting a great day out for all.

Who’s opening the event? Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Cllr Alexandra Phillips, Jenny Skelton, Chair of Disability Pride, and renowned artist Alison Lapper MBE.

Line up for the day: Live music, speakers including our local MPs, artistic performances and art work showings. Local community organisations offering support and activities as well as multiple stalls. Disabled people lead throughout the entire day across the entire line up.

Access and facilities onsite: Access is our priority.

  • BSL interpreters
  • Changing Places toilets
  • Quiet areas
  • Picnic area
  • Food stalls
  • Free pop-up photography studio complete with props
  • Face painting and children’s area
  • Free accessible shuttle bus service – all details here shortly
  • Free travel on all Brighton & Hove Buses for a plus 1 of all disabled concessionary card holders

Accessible Parking: As with any event in Brighton & Hove, accessible parking is limited – Brighton & Hove City Council have some very helpful information on their website. You can also contact the council by email: BlueBadgeParking@brighton-hove.gov.uk, or phone: 01273 296270

Park and Ride: There is a Park and Ride at Withdean Stadium if required. The 27 Bus will link you directly from Withdean stadium to the FREE shuttle bus from Brighton Station to the Disability Pride Festival at Hove Lawns. Please be advised that the Park and Ride is a paid service although any disabled concessionary card holders can travel free and also have free travel for any travelling companion of their choice.

Travelling by Bus: Brighton & Hove Buses are providing free travel to any chosen companion of disability concessionary card holders. Also Brighton & Hove Buses and Community Transport, in partnership with Disability Pride, are running a FREE shuttle service from Brighton Station – Clock Tower – Old Steine – Hove Lawns. For further details about the shuttle or free plus 1 travel, click here or contact Brighton & Hove Buses by phone 01273 886200, by email info@buses.co.uk or via SMS for customers with hearing impairments 07583 051915.

Travelling By Train: All details on their website here.

Can anyone apply for a stall? This is an event for sharing information which is of use to disabled people and families and carers – not for selling anything. Disability Pride Brighton is not intended for making profit but as an information-sharing celebratory event. Stall applications have now closed but, if you think you fit the criteria, complete this form ASAP!

Photography: Free pop-up photography studio complete with props, so that participants can take away photos as a reminder of the day. This proved to be very popular in previous years and we are really pleased to welcome Proud Parkers Photography once again this year.

Donations: All donations are very welcome and will be used towards keeping the event free for all and accessible for people with all disabilities. Please email chair@disabilitypridebrighton.com.

2019 event supporting organisations: Disability Pride Brighton wishes to thank the following for grant funding and their continued support.