The first year we held our festival was on Sunday, 9th July 2017 and it was a wonderful day which 2,000 people attended.
In 2017, the event coincided with Disability Pride New York and Disability Pride Italia. The mayors of each city recorded a video message for attendees in the other cities, and there was a real feeling of solidarity.
There was a day of performances with two stages, full of talented, disabled performers. Acts who took part were Daniel Wakeford, Unified Rhythm, Zombie Crash, Barbara Lisicki, The AutistiX, Sam Hughes, Paper Dragon, Shamann Back, Hava, Lauren Alex Hooper, Nazan Kaplankiran, Harvey Robertson, Chris Love and 283 Street Dance Crew.
There were also stalls run by community groups and charities, an access tent run by Accessibility Matters to ensure everyone’s access needs were met, accessible and Changing Places toilets plus a picnic for families run by the Parent and Carers’ Council and Amaze.
In 2017, Disability Pride Brighton gained funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Scope’s Local People Programme funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthWish through The Health Lottery, Laine Pub Company, Brighton and Hove City Council including the Disabled Workers and Carers Network, Brighton Soup, The CriSeren Foundation, Domestic and General, and Unite.