With the aim to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, the 2021 Isle of Pride Festival, supported by the Domestic Event Fund hosted a free entry festival with live music, local caterers and activities for all ages.
Clare Barber, one of the event organisers of Isle of Pride which was supported by the Domestic Event Fund in June, commented:
‘We are exceptionally grateful for the support of the Domestic Event Fund in providing the support necessary for Isle of Pride to be able to fund and build the infrastructure for a large scale festival in the Villa Marina Gardens. On the Saturday we saw nearly 9,000 people pass through the Villa Marina Gardens – bringing with them a riot of colour and a strong ethos of equality and diversity.’
‘An event of this scale required the services of many local suppliers, including local food and drink outlets, printers, designers, stage and lighting operators. Many external businesses including our hotels, taxi and public transport providers, witnessed a significant increase in trade over the weekend, which is so positive to see. Many of the bars, nightclubs and restaurants held Pride after parties and themed evenings too.’
‘The opportunities for the future are huge and at Isle of Pride we are grateful that the Domestic Event Fund, in partnership with our other sponsors, helped us to bring the first Pride to the Isle of Man with a bang!’