Despite the recently announced delay to the lifting of lockdown regulations, we’re pleased to confirm that the Soul Pride Retreat Festival will go ahead as planned from 8th – 11th July in accordance with government guidelines for outdoor events.
The organisers of Soul Pride told OutNewsGlobal, “The last year on this planet has been extremely tough. The global pandemic has seen unprecedented measures put into society with the objective to protect us.
“We’ve been away from the people we love, the places we love and the activities we love. As human beings we have an intrinsic need to connect with one another and the sheer isolation of this year has taken its toll on our emotional, mental and spiritual health.
“Following the latest Government announcement, we are proud to announce we will proceed as planned.
“The LGBTQIA+ community has been particularly hard hit with a greater percentage negatively affected, in mental health and financially compared to non LGBTQIA+ communities so the need for uniting and nurturing has never been greater.”
“As we are an outdoor event, focusing on mental and personal wellbeing, we are able to fully adhere to the restrictions currently in place and will of course continue to monitor any updates and changes to ensure the latest guidelines are implemented.”
“The need for uniting and nurturing has never been greater and that is why we are standing proud with Soul Pride and reaching out to you to join us!”
Soul Pride has also confirmed that the following safety measures have been put in place:
• Operating at less than 50% venue capacity
• Everyone requested to complete a lateral flow test and receive a negative result before arrival
• Temperature checks on arrival
• Track & trace system in operation
• All dining and workshops held in outdoor spaces with social distancing adhered to
• Ample sanitisation stations (handwashing and sanitiser)
Chris Fitchew, Creative Director of Wonderment Group added, “We’re delighted to announce Soul Pride will take place in person this year. We know the more we nurture our mind, body and soul through meditation, mental health support, yoga, fitness, spiritual exploration and healthy nutritious food, the more we will rise out of our caged emotions.
“In a world divided, we must come together and unite in our common goal – to support one another, care for one another and have empathy and compassion for everyone’s individual success and challenges, taking lessons from the gift of stillness and reflection.
“Soul Pride is an opportunity for us to bond together in community and nature and provides a safe space to own our LGBTQIA stripes, badges and wings with full force. To enjoy a sense of belonging and give us the armour and permission to return to who we really are.
“Let us ALL have pride in our soul.”
Soul Pride’s statement coincides with the announcement of the festival’s line up which you can see here:
For ticket, more information and to find out about Soul Pride’s brilliant Angel Sponsorship scheme, click here.
Watch our interview with Soul Pride’s Chris Fitchew here.