Disability Pride Brighton Festival 2018

Date: Saturday 14 July, 2018

Time: 11:30 am until 7:00 pm

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

Parade start location: There was 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 where the event itself started at 12:00 noon.

Who is the event for? Disability Pride Brighton is for anyone with any disability or impairment plus friends, family, unpaid carers, professionals and allies. It is for everyone in the community who wants to help us celebrate. (Please note that Disability Pride Brighton is not a specific event only for the disabled LGBTQ+ community. All disabled people and allies, with any identity and background, are welcome. We are called Disability Pride as part of a wider movement of other international Disability Pride organisations.)

Why Disability Pride? Disability Pride Brighton is a community group, that aims to raise awareness of the diversity and value of disabled people with all (visible and invisible) impairments. We want to celebrate our identities and feel less isolated in our communities, as well as engage non-disabled people, by hosting a great day out for all.

Who’s opening the event? Councillor Dee Simson, Mayor of Brighton & Hove; Jenny Skelton, Chair of Disability Pride; and Alison Lapper MBE, disabled artist.

Line up for the day: Live music, acts, performances and speeches from disabled people; work from disabled artists; stalls from community organisations who offer support or activities to disabled people and family, friends and carers. Full details can be found here.

Access and facilities onsite: Access is our priority. Our whole planning process has been working to ensure full access to the food, drink, toilet, and all performances and event areas.

  • The food stall was run by Lunch Positive, a volunteer-run community space for everyone with HIV. There were vegan options and all food was fully labelled with ingredients.
  • The café and bar was run by the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum.
  • The Parent and Carers’ Council hosted a picnic area for families of disabled children.
  • There was a quiet area where people can retreat if they need a break from the event.
  • Toilets – there were standard toilets, accessible toilets, and a Changing Places toilet run by Mobiloo so that everyone is able to attend the event in comfort. Mobiloo recommended that sling users bring their own slings.

If you have specific access feedback, concerns, or requests for information, please email chair@disabilitypridebrighton.com or call 07973 774691.

How do I get to the event? Public transport by train or bus was available to Brighton Rail Station and other nearby public transportation stops. For disabled participants, the event organisers also made minibuses available for transport to the event location from public transport hubs. If you are disabled and require transport assistance, please check out this page for full details of accessible transport options.

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.  If you have any questions about being a stallholder, please email chair@disabilitypridebrighton.com.

Photography: We had another free pop-up photography studio in 2018, complete with props, so that participants could take away photos as a reminder of the day. This proved to be very popular in 2017 and Proud Parkers Photography were again in attendance.

Friends scheme and donations: If you would like to donate or find out more about our Friends of Disability Pride Brighton scheme to keep us running, please email chair@disabilitypridebrighton.com.

2018 event supporting organisations: Disability Pride Brighton 2018 wishes to thank the following for grant funding:

Banner: photo of crowd in front of main stage at Disability Pride Brighton 2017. There is a yellow roof over the stage, and purple tents in the background. White text on top reads: DISABILITY PRIDE RIGHTON, HOVE LAWNS, SATURDAY 14 JULY 2018.