ABOUT US

Supporting Cambridge and Cambridgeshire

In contrast to its reputation as a global innovation hub and for discoveries such as gravity, the structure of DNA and stem cells, Cambridge unleashes a more vibrant side for Pride. In 2017, the Office of National Statistics revealed that Cambridgeshire has the country’s second largest LGBT+ population at 1.8 per cent, only topped by London at 3.1 per cent.

Cambridgeshire is a largely rural county, and Cambridge city has a significant student population. As such, the county’s LGBT+ community faces different challenges to those with other large cities such as London, Manchester and Birmingham, with fewer opportunities to be supported, included, safe or recognised.

 

The organisation

Cambridge Pride is organised solely by volunteers in association with The Pink Festival Group charity. The committee is a small team working in close partnership with the well-respected local LGBT+ charity, originally founded to organise the Pink Picnic event at Cherry Hinton Hall in 2003. This first event was followed by hugely successful Pink Festival events in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010, each attracting crowds of up to 10,000.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all money raised for Cambridge Pride will help fund the delivery of the event, including marketing and infrastructure. Any profits are used to support future events and/or charities and organisations supporting LGBT+ people in Cambridgeshire.

The Pink Festival Group is delighted to be supporting the creation of Cambridge Pride and hopes to leave a lasting legacy. As a committed group of volunteers we have many years of experience in organising events in the city, including the six Pink Festival events at Cherry Hinton Hall and hosting the cabaret tent at Cambridge Live Big Weekend for two years. We are excited to use this wealth of experience to support new volunteers in staging this huge and valuable community event.

We aim for Cambridge Pride to always be a free event, and with the generous financial support of local businesses and organisations, we hope it will be an annual fixture in the city’s vibrant events calendar.

From our ChaiR

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and goodwill of volunteers and supporters. The event creates an opportunity to celebrate our diverse community, while forging links in Cambridge and across the county. Pride is also important in boosting self-esteem, by connecting people with their wonderful community.

"Approximately 15,300 people identify as LGBT+ in Cambridgeshire, but the community is often fragmented due to rural isolation and relatively scarce services and amenities. Pride provides a platform for advocacy and advice.

“Everyone is welcome on the day, so we encourage the public to come along and help fight discrimination and build social inclusion. Event volunteers are working hard to give Pride visitors an unforgettable and uplifting day.”
Lara Jaffey
Chair
The Pink Festival group

Lara Jaffey, Chair of The Pink Festival Group, is also Executive Director of The Kite Trust,  Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people.

Our mission

The Pink Festival Group’s mission is to celebrate the diversity of our LGBT+ communities through fun, inclusive, accessible events.

WHAT WE DO

  • Create a safe environment that brings communities together
  • Offer a fun and diverse experience
  • Provide a variety of entertainment, art and culture
  • Offer access to information and support

WHAT WE ACHIEVE

  • Raise awareness and promote acceptance by challenging stereotypes
  • Be visible through the year and leave a legacy

HOW WE DO IT

  • Offer meaningful opportunities to be involved
  • Be successful, sustainable and supported