Pagan Pride UK Needs You!

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This year’s Pagan Pride takes place in Nottingham on Sunday 7 August, and alongside the option oftt just turning up and having fun on the day there are ways you can get involved in making the event a success too.

Volunteers are always needed and there are two options for volunteering: Parade only (10am-1pm) and All Day (8am to 8pm).

Here’s how Events Manager, Caz Galloway, puts it.

“As always we need enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to #StartWearingPurple! No experience is necessary, and people of all ages and abilities are welcome- there are dozens of different roles and we aim to match people to the tasks they’d be best suited for, whether it’s welcoming our guests, walking with the parade, checking on traders, working on the stage, managing a venue, litterpicking, handing out programmes or joining our great site team!

Folks should be committed to turning up helping out on the day. All volunteers are supported by our amazing Chief Marshal and those working all day will have lunch provided, plus all volunteers receive free entry to our amazing afterparty. Volunteers can find out more in the FAQ and you can sign up to #StartWearingPurple here.”

Apologies if all you can hear in your head is Gogol Bordello’s wonderfully unhinged Start Wearing Purple as a result of all that.

You can also get involved as a performer or a speaker, and Caz has a number of roles she’s looking to fill.

“Though we’re happy to hear from all those who’d like to get involved on the day, we’re especially looking for:

Speakers on the following subjects:

– Specific paths (both on the more well-known paths, or less trodden ones)

– Disability and Paganism: whether from lived experience or in another role. Being a disabled Pagan in a community, dealing with mental health issues and how your faith/faith community has helped etc. Where Pagans can find support.

– Training- how to find authentic, useful, safe training as a newcomer to Paganism, or how to develop and offer authentic courses.

– Craft skills: whether Witchcraft skills, ritual skills, journeying, or handycraft. (non-messy)

– Environmental subjects like green/sustainable living, bushcraft, conservation, etc

– Interfaith talks

– Giving back to the community: Lived experiences like training for a position like a Celebrant or Doula, volunteering as a chaplain or for a charity, teaching, etc. How can others get involved?

– Other Pagan and Pagan-related subjects you think would be of interest.

– Storytellers.

Talks should be 45mins to 1 hr long, and speakers need to be able to project their voices as our venues are unmicced.

Dancers- We’re especially looking for morris or medieval dancers, and other styles that can be performed outside. Workshop leaders are also welcome, but must have public liability insurance.

Bands: We’re looking for both acoustic musicians and non-acoustic bands.

Walkabout performers: Of all kinds. These should have the appropriate public liability insurance.

Family entertainers: Especially storytellers! These should have a recent DBS check (or be prepared to provide one before the festival) as they’ll be performing in our family area.”

Performers can find out more and apply here.