After hosting the only physical Pride celebrations in the UK during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic – taking place in St. Peter Port in Guernsey – Channel Islands Pride will be returning to St. Helier on Saturday 11 September 2021.
Channel Islands Pride, which alternates between the two Bailiwicks, was established in 2015 and has become a focal point for the LGBTQ+ and other minority communities in both Islands.
The last Pride event in Jersey, in 2019, attracted thousands of people from across the Islands and worldwide.
The theme for Channel Islands Pride 2021 is ‘Reflect and Celebrate’. It will honour the anniversary of 9/11 – on which it falls – as well as reflecting on the ongoing struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ and non-white communities globally.
Channel Islands Pride remains the only completely free festival in Jersey, and is known for its relaxed, friendly atmosphere, family entertainment and live music. The plans for the 2021 Pride celebrations include a new Exhibition section, a second Community Stage and a Health and Community Zone, as well as the return of the Main Stage, Family Zone, Silent Disco, Beach Zone and Food Village. The Pride Parade, which the whole community can take part in, is also planned to be louder and more colourful, with additional music and performers.
In 2021 Pride organisers are also looking to bring the Channel Islands closer together by streaming the entire event live over social media and YouTube, as well as to a large screen in Guernsey, so that all members of the pan-Island community can take part.
Vic Tanner-Davy, CEO of Liberate, the equality and diversity charity who are responsible for Pride, said:
“We are delighted that the Channel Islands Co-Operative Society will again be our lead sponsor and we hope that other businesses will join them in showing their support for our Island’s diversity and its minority communities.”
Director of Channel Islands Pride 2021, Christian May, said:
“We hope that Channel Islands Pride 2021 will build on the huge success our colleagues in Guernsey had last year, and that the celebrations will not only attract members of our pan-Island community, but will draw visitors to Jersey to celebrate in our relaxed and beautiful Island – supporting the hospitality sector as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.
“We will, of course, be closely following any Government Covid-19 guidance given at the time about public events, and Pride will only go ahead if we are absolutely assured that it can do so safely. We will be submitting full plans to the Bailiff’s Events Panel shortly, to seek their permission and guidance.”
Channel Islands Pride relies on support from the local community and Island businesses, and the organisers are hoping that Islanders and businesses who wish to be involved in the celebration, or want to explore sponsorship options, should email email@example.com to request further details and a full copy of the sponsorship portfolio.
Islanders can find more information at the Pride website www.channelislandspride.org as well as follow Channel Islands Pride social media channels on Facebook and Instagram by using the handle @channelislandspride and on Twitter by following @CI_Pride.