Birmingham Pride took place for the first time in 1997. Since then, the event has blossomed into one of the most important LGBTQ+ festivals in the UK. As well as attracting in excess of 40,000 people to the festival site itself during the course of its two days, Pride also sees 75,000 people either participating in or watching the annual parade through the streets of the city. 

This year, as a result of the Covid pandemic, Pride is being held over the final weekend of September, rather than its usual May bank holiday slot.

The theme for this year is Stronger Together, demonstrating Pride’s commitment to standing in unity with all members of the LGBTQ+ community as it battles against transphobia, biphobia and homophobia.
For the first time ever, the festival will be split into two: the Street Party and Smithfield Live.

Previously the home of Birmingham’s wholesale markets, the Smithfield site is spread across 12 acres, allowing Pride to safely and securely accommodate 20,000 attendees.

The site will play host to the event’s biggest-ever main stage, as well as the cabaret stage, the dance arena and the additional attractions of the funfair, street food stalls and community stalls.

This year’s main-stage line-up includes Cheryl, Bree Runway, Riton, Katy B, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Ms Banks.

Over in the dance arena, Jodie Harsh, Melé, Barely Legal and House Mother are just some of the performers on the bill.

Meanwhile, popular drag acts Sandra, Black Peppa, Miss Penny and The Saturnos will take to the cabaret stage.

The area around Hurst Street, just down from the Birmingham Hippodrome, Bromsgrove Street and the surrounding roads, will be the home of Pride 2021’s Street Party.

The Street Party includes LGBTQ+ bars & clubs, among which are Equator, The Fox, The Loft, Missing Bar, the Nightingale Club and Sidewalk Bar, as well as LGBTQ+ venues located beyond the perimeter of the Pride map. These include The Fountain, Glamorous and Chic. Each bar and club will host individual Pride events across the weekend. 

This year’s Pride welcomes the return of the Community Village Green, providing a quieter, family-friendly and accessible area within the heart of the Pride Village.

On Friday 24 September, from 7pm, there will be a Free Community Pride event, including live entertainment, community-focused stalls, street food, a bar, acoustic music, LGBTQ+ performers & speakers, and a  candlelit vigil. The event is free to everyone. People wishing to attend can reserve their ticket on the Birmingham Pride website. 

The Community Village Green area will host events throughout the festival weekend, programmed and scheduled by members of the Birmingham LGBTQ+ community.

Birmingham Pride 2021 takes place on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 September.
For tickets and further information, visit: birminghampride.com