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Northumberland Pride Festival 2022 – Sponsored by Jaccountancy

Press Release 30/11/2021

“Exciting Plans for Northumberland Pride Festival 2022 – Sponsored by Jaccountancy unveiled”

Leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus (LGBT+) charity Northumberland Pride are delighted to announce the launch of the Northumberland Pride Festival 2022 – Sponsored by Jaccountancy which will take place at Meggie’s Burn, Blyth from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th August 2022.

Leading accountancy firm Jaccountancy, who has inclusion, diversity and equity at the heart of its business,  is the headline sponsor of the 2022 Festival, which raises awareness and celebrates  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT+) culture and heritage in Northumberland and beyond. Northumberland Pride  achieves their charitable aims and objectives by supporting the LGBT+ community 365 days a year with a wide range of services linked to mental health & wellbeing, many of whom are at a disadvantage accessing LGBT+ support services due to the lack of provision over the vast and rural area of Northumberland.

Jaccountancy will take centre stage as the headline festival  sponsor of  next years festival. The company, which has seen exponential growth since start-up in 2019, is  committed to revolutionising accountancy in a digital age as a modern accountant.

Northumberland Pride are thrilled to deliver it’s forth festival and celebrate half a decade of its work, with a brand new format and extension across 3 days. It will see the return of the popular pride march, which will leave  from Ridley Park heading along the picturesque Blyth promenade  to the Pride site on Saturday 27th August 2022.

The collaboration between Northumberland Pride and Jaccountancy will allow the  organisation to deliver a pride that represents the diversity of the community and restore visibility for LGBT+ people in the county.

Darren Irvine-Duffy, Chair of Northumberland Pride said:

“I’m thrilled to announce our plans for the Northumberland Pride Festival this year. We’ve worked incredibly hard to digest the feedback we received in 2021, in order to meet the expectations of the community in delivering a pride that represents LGBT+ people across the county and beyond.”

“We are extremely grateful to Jaccountancy for their shared passion and vision to support LGBT+ local communities in Northumberland and beyond.”

“We have a great opportunity to restore vital visibility in 2022, which includes providing safe spaces for LGBT+ people to enjoy and be themselves. Our research shows that LGBT+ people have suffered greatly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Pride is a platform for our communities to access the services they urgently need whilst also sending a clear and positive message.”

Jay Wilson, Managing Director of Jaccountancy added:

“I am delighted that Jaccountancy can collaborate with Northumberland Pride and support to the LGBT+ Community. The festival provides the LGBT+ community with an important voice and access to information, support and advice from other organisations who also support the festival, Jaccountancy is proud to be this years headline festival sponsor.

At the Jaccountancy offices, we operate a safe, loving and supportive place to work for our employees, with diversity embedded at the heart of our business.”    

Usually viewed as complicated administration, Jaccountancy want their clients to #rethinkaccountancy as the language of business and a tool for enabling the production of key analytical insights on the financial position of their business.
Starting on the evening of Friday 26th August 2022, the Northumberland Pride 5k and 10K will spearhead the opening of the festival and finish on site for an evening of light entertainment.

Pride Day on Saturday 27th August 2022 will begin with a Pride March from Ridley Park at 12pm and ending at Meggie’s Burn where a full day of entertainment will be staged  such as a Main Pride Stage, Rainbow Stage,  Alt. Music Tent, Market Stalls, Fun Fair, Bar & Food, Health Zone, Mental Health Zone, Family & Youth Zone and a VIP Area.

The festival will end on Sunday 28th August 2022 with a family fun day, culminating in a candle lit vigil to remember lives lost due to HIV/Aids and fight against the stigma that still exists around the disease.

HEADLINE FESTIVAL SPONSOR

With thanks to our sponsors;

      LGBT 5k & 10k sponsor 

 

       Parade sponsor

                                                                                          

  Rainbow Village sponsor

 

Our Partners;

     

FAQ’s

What’s happening?

Friday 26th August 2022, 6pm until 9pm – LGBT+ 5k & 10k Run, followed by light entertainment, food, drink and fun fair

Saturday 27th August 2022, 12.30pm – LGBT+ Parade departing Ridley Park heading to the festival site.

Saturday 27th August 2022, 12.30pm – 9pm – Main Pride Festival

Sunday 28th August 2022, 1pm – 6pm Family Fun Day & Candlelit Vigil

Do I need a ticket for all days?

Friday is a non ticketed event and you are welcome onsite (entries to participate in the LGBT+ 5K & 10K can be made soon) but if you want to come along just for the light entertainment and awesome atmosphere pop along

Your ticket will cover entry on site for both Saturday and Sunday.

Do I have to pre book drink tokens?

We encourage people to purchase pre booked drink tokens in advance of attending for a quicker service. They can be purchased anytime by following the link on the festival webpage. You can purchase alcohol on the day using cash or card.

What time does the parade start?

The Parade will leave Ridley Park, Blyth at 12.30pm and head just over 1 mile towards the site. A full rolling road block will be in place for your safety. We ask all attendees of the parade gather in Ridley Park from 11am.

Why is it a ticketed event?

In 2021 we trailed delivering the Northumberland Pride Festival on a ticket only entry basis due to a significant rise in costs associated with the growth of our festival.

We realise that some members of our community may not be able to afford a ticket for our event. We have made a commitment to allocate a number of tickets to local VCSE organisations in Northumberland for the benefit of local people. If you are a VCSE organisation and would like to find out more please email; feedback@northumberlandpride.org.uk.

Did you know we also offset £1 from every ticket sold to our LGBT+ Aspire Fund which supports individual LGBT+ people, to find out more visit our website.

Why are you charging?

We didn’t take the decision lightly and spent many months assessing the impact of hosting a ticketed event. In order to proceed with an event in 2022 we have to control numbers and ensure the event remain sustainable for the future, we can only do this through ticket sales. We looked at the feasibility of providing a free ticketed event however the costs associated with using a ticketing system meant it would be unviable for us to hold the event due to the costs associated with doing so. The increased costs to Northumberland Pride include (but are not limited to); ticket processing and merchant fees, increased security, increased fencing requirements, increased fees and additional staffing costs to administer ticket administration as well as additional costs associated with health and safety.

How did you decide the price?

We carried out a detailed analysis, alongside market research to work out the increased cost per head to host this years event taking into account the additional costs we face. We also wanted to ensure that we didn’t exclude people by offering a limited amount of free tickets which will be administrated through our partner organisations. We arrived at our £5 super early bird, £10 early bird and £15  standard  (under 12’s free with paying adult up to a maximum of three children) and £22 early bird VIP, £25 VIP standard as a break even point.

Covid-19 and will the event be Covid safe? (Last updated 25/11/2021)

The government currently has no restrictions that would impose on our event however we are monitoring the situation daily.

Currently there is no outstanding legal restrictions on social contact, life events and all previous closed settings are now open. The government have allowed people to make informed decisions amount how to manage the risk to themselves and others and alongside this have also provided guidance to businesses.

There will be no limits on social contact indoors or outdoors, no limits on attendance or social distancing. This event takes place after the removal of self-isolation for contacts of positive cases.

The safety of our staff, volunteers and attendees is paramount to all of our decisions about the event which undergoes extensive scrutiny from responsible authorities. For reassurance we have increased our site size significantly to allow for social distancing and we do have the ability to implement changes at short notice providing it is reasonable and practical to do so.

At Northumberland Pride Festival 2022– Sponsored by Jaccountancy “Re think accountancy”, we ask you to:

You must not attend if:

Northumberland Pride will not, at this stage:

Our approach may change based advice and guidance expected to be published shortly or with new and emerging public health advice locally and nationally. 

What do I get with a VIP ticket?

First of all, you get exclusive VIP access entrance into the festival. You will receive a complimentary drink upon arrival in the contained VIP Area with views of the Main Stage performances. There will be a VIP marquee with indoor and outdoor seating and tables as well as access to the VIP Bar area and VIP Toilets. You will also be able to enter the gold circle area of main stage so you don’t miss out on your favourite performances.

What happens if I am unable to afford the ticket?

We realise that some members of our community may not be able to afford a ticket for our event. We have made a commitment to allocate a number of tickets to local VCSE organisations in Northumberland for the benefit of local people. If you are a VCSE organisation and would like to find out more please email; feedback@northumberlandpride.org.uk.

How many tickets are available?

Our event has a public capacity attendance of 9,999 and as such once tickets have gone there will be no additional capacity at the event. There are only 300 VIP tickets available and as such we expect these to go quickly.

Can I bring food?

Unfortunately not, we do not permit bringing your own food onsite due to health, safety and licencing. To allow for quick passage through bag searches, we advise you do not attend with large bags and there is a risk that you will need to dispose of any contents in order to enter the event. With a wide selection of food vendors onsite we can ensure a wide range of food including special dietary foods.

Can I bring alcohol?

Unfortunately not, we do not permit bringing your own alcohol onsite due to health, safety and licencing. Bag searches will be in operation, any alcohol will need to be disposed of prior to admittance to the event, any alcohol brought onto site will be confiscated and there is a risk you will be ejected from the event. We do have a wide selection of beverages onsite available.

Can I bring drinks?

The only drinks permitted onto the site is sealed bottled water and also permit any liquids such as milk required for babies. If you are unsure please contact us prior to the event.

Can I bring camping chairs?

Yes – We do permit camping chairs onsite however please don’t bring tents as this will make visibility difficult for our event safety team and other attendees.

Can I bring a tent?

No – We do permit camping chairs onsite however please don’t bring tents as this will make visibility difficult for our event safety team and other attendees.

Can I bring animals/pets?

We want to make the event as safe as possible for attendees and their animals. Well behaved animals are permitted however all animals must be on a non extendable lead. Please also note that throughout the site we have sound and lighting which may cause upset, alarm and distress to some animals.

Where can I park?

We would encourage people to use public transport where possible. The event is easily accessible by bus and situated not far from Blyth Bus Station and also has nearby bus stops with regular buses from the North, South East and West. The nearest train station is Cramlington, with a regular bus service to Blyth. We do have a small allocation of on site parking on a first come first served basis. Once full we would direct attendees to the free public NCC Mermaids Car Park, Blyth just a short walk from the site.

I am a wheelchair user, is it safe?

The event is situated on grass so if there is inclement weather it may be inaccessible. We have accessible toilets including a mobiloo on site and most of our indoor marquees are floored. Carers are eligible for a free ticket with a full paying admission, please email us at: feedback@northumberlandpride.org.uk to request one with evidence of your carer status or if you have any additional requirements that we can help with.

Can I leave the event and come back?

Tickets are only valid to admit one entry per day and no re-admittance is allowed if you leave the site.

What happens if I buy a ticket and the event is postponed?

You will be offered the option to defer your ticket to a future event, have the option to receive a refund or donate your ticket price to the LGBT+ Aspire Fund.

Will Northumberland Pride sell out?

We hope so! We have a limited amount of tickets available which are sold on a first come first served basis.

When will you announce the artists / line up?

Keep an eye on our social media channels and website for more information. We will be announcing artists in the run up to the event and we think you’ll love the variety.

When and how will I receive my tickets?

You will receive your ticket immediately if you opt to receive by text or email. You can also request your tickets to be posted. Please make sure you keep your QR coded ticket to gain access.

Can I get a discount on tickets?

We are offering a super early bird tickets for £5 and early bird tickets for £10 which is a £10/£5 saving on our standard ticket price.

Weather? Will it be windy/raining etc.?

We hope not but for your safety our Event Management Team will be closely monitoring the weather.

Will I need to bring ID?

If you are lucky enough to look under 25 years old and are intending on making an alcohol purchase, you should bring ID.

What time does the music start and finish?

The music starts at 1pm and will end at 9pm on Saturday then 1pm – 6pm on Sunday

What type of footwear / clothing should I wear?

We would encourage people to be practical with their clothing as the event will be held on a field.

Where is Northumberland Pride?

This years Northumberland Pride will be held at Meggies Burn, Links Road, Blyth NE24 3PJ

Can children attend the event?

Yes, up to three children (12 and under) are permitted free entry with a full paying adult. All children attending under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Can I perform at the festival?

We encourage artists from all backgrounds who wish to perform at this years or future years event to email scarlet@northumberlandpride.org.uk

I’m a trader and would like to be part of Northumberland Pride 2022, Who do I contact?

Check out our webpage https://northumberlandpride.org.uk/stalls/

Lost property?

If you unfortunately loose anything or you find something, then report to event control on the day or email at feedback@northumberlandpride.org.uk. You will find Event Control near the medical and volunteers tent.

Valid ID?

All identification must photographic and in date.

What facilities will there be on site?

This years pride will include: Main Stage, Market Stalls, Fun Fair, Bar & Food, Health Zone, Family & Youth Zone, Alt. Tent, Parade, Mental Heath Hub, VIP Area and LGBT+ 5K & 10K Runs. We may add new areas from time to time so keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Are there any lockers for my valuables?

No but we do permit small bags.

Can I buy ticket entry at the event?

Subject to availability we may have a selective amount of tickets for sale on the day.

How do I make a complaint?

Should you be dissatisfied or wish to provide any feedback please email feedback@northumberlandpride.org.uk.

Will there be BSL interpreters on the stages?

Yes, we will have BSL interpreters on stages.

Are there age restrictions?

If you are 12 or under you must be accompanied by an adult.

Can I sell my tickets or get a refund?

All tickets are non transferable and non refundable.

Got a question?

Email feedback@northumberlandpride.org.uk

 

 

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