Live pan-Island concert first for Jersey and Guernsey as Islands celebrate Pride together
The organisers of Channel Islands Pride are making history this Saturday 21st August as they stream the first live concert held across both Jersey and Guernsey, as part of the Islands’ joint pride celebrations.
The free concert, running from 3pm to 9pm, will be live-streamed from the St James Centre in Jersey, and the Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre in Guernsey, on www.channelislandspride.org and the Channel Islands Pride official social media accounts.
In Guernsey the acts will include the Rainbow Chorus, an inclusive choir run by Liberate; the equality and diversity charity behind Channel Islands Pride, and singer Eloise Fabbri.
In Jersey there will be performances by funk and soul band Brick House, soloist Rich Allo, duo Shea and Kingsy, and brand new female vocal group Siren!
The event will culminate at 8pm on Saturday with a performance by MadHen, a five-piece party band from London who have supported Take That and have performed at festivals, film premieres and even Royal Weddings.
Pride Director for Jersey, Christian May, said:
“While we were disappointed not to have a physical event in Jersey this year, we wanted to take Pride into Islander’s homes. It’s vitally important that we can reflect as a community on the challenges that LGBTQ people face, both locally and globally, and also take the time to celebrate how lucky we are to live in a welcoming and inclusive Island.
“We’re looking forward to meeting the technical challenge of broadcasting live from Jersey and Guernsey, and we hope that as many Islanders as possible – across both Bailiwicks – are celebrating safely with their friends and family, and enjoying the fantastic local acts we have lined up!”
Pride Director for Guernsey, Ellie Jones, commented:
“The Channel Island Pride teams in both Guernsey and Jersey are known for setting the bar high when it come to the annual pride celebrations. CI Pride is the perfect example of inclusive collaboration and working together across the Channel Islands to create something that celebrates what makes us different but also brings us together. This pan-island livestream is another first that we are very proud to bring to the whole community.”
The online pan-Island celebration sets the stage for a much larger Pride Festival between both Islands which is planned for September 2022.
Islanders in Jersey who want a Pride Party Pack to boost their at-home celebrations can collect them, for free, from Channel Islands Co-Operative stores from Friday 20th August.