Trafford Council has announced today that this year’s Pride in Trafford event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
The event, which was due to take place from May 13 to 17 across Trafford, has sadly been called off following advice and guidance from the Government with regards to the social distancing rules.
Pride in Trafford, a partnership between the Mayor of Trafford, Trafford Council and Waterside Arts, will hopefully return next year once the current restrictions have been lifted.
Cllr Jane Slater, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Equalities, said:
We are extremely disappointed that this event has had to be cancelled. A lot of dedication and hard work has gone into organising Pride in Trafford and I feel for everyone who is involved. But we are following Government guidance and, obviously, our priority as always is the safety of our staff, residents and performers.
But we will be hosting the event next year and we will make it as exciting as we had planned this year. Once again, a big thank you to everyone for all your hard work and here’s looking forward to the next Pride in Trafford.”
A spokesperson for Waterside Arts said:
Following on from the government briefing, it is with great sadness that the Mayor of Trafford, Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford announce the cancellation of what would have been the second Pride in Trafford. We received a great response to our recent programme announcement and are extremely proud of the festival we had created for the residents of Trafford, to celebrate LGBTQ+ life.
We understand that this is disappointing, but hope that we will be able to create a bigger and bolder programme of work for Pride in Trafford 2021, which is planned to run from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 May 2021 and hope that many of the artists already involved are able to be part of the 2021 festival. Our heartfelt thanks must go to the amazing artists who we have been working with and to the festival management team.”
Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2020