Doncaster Pride is in its 12th year and is growing. Since it's return to the town centre four years ago and our new home in Sir Nigel Gresley Square the crowd has increased from 5,000 to 15,000 visitors forcing us now to look at ways to diversify the offer. Traditionally the main stage is a collection of tribute acts, drag performers and musicians from up and down the UK. the stage is large and dominates the site but additional attractions include market stalls, info providers, food and drink offer and fairground rides. the audience is now almost 50/50 LGBT and non LGBT identifying and also approx 50% of the audience is Doncaster residents and the rest from farther afield. We want to add something new - a second stage for local, upcoming and largely young performers not yet ready for the main stage. Family entertainment, local singers, spoken word and variety. We want to use Pride as a platform for local performers who aren't quite ready for the main stage but will add to the event.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Pride can offer the opportunity for local talented performers to be showcased at a significant event. We have featured local performers before but this time we want to give them their own space, a second stage that will be managed and delivered by a group of young people. the volunteers to run this stage have been identified and they aren't from the LGBT community but want to demonstrate that Pride is totally diverse and fully inclusive. They have approached the committee of the Pride Charity to do this feeling that it's a great platform for young talent as well as an additional attraction for the visiting public. the Pride website and social media platforms will give great exposure to these young performers and also an experience of a large event with professional technical set up. We want Pride Introduces to become the place young talent can learn at the same time as get to experience what could be their first ever public performance.
Steps to get it done:
We also hope to further embed the great work Pride does year round with our education programme. Reinforce the positive and inclusive messages and reduce homophobia and bullying. Pride is the 'go to' place for families and young adults struggling to come to terms with their sexuality and supports countless people over the year. The opportunity to be themselves and attend Pride events still sometimes a barrier to young people who feel being there or being seen there identifies them as 'gay' to peers. We feel giving a second stage, much less focused around the main event stage will give those concerned and questioning a legitimate reason to attend and not feel quite the same association. So in short we're making the event more accessible and inclusive to visitors who are there to follow and support the local stage we plan to deliver.
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