Master Tom sells for £2100 at auction

A wonderful time was had by all at Dine With The Stars last night (Thursday 18 October), culminating with the auction of our unclaimed top raffle prize from Brighton Bear Weekend, Master Tom. This beautiful art piece, based on the work of Tom of Finland, went for an astonishing £2100 after a frenzy of bidding. This sum will benefit Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. Congratulations to Diane Horan Hill of Heart & Soul for her most generous winning bid!

We would once again like to thank Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company, who created Master Tom, for his exceptionally kind donation. We also thank David PollikettBillie Lewis, everyone else who helped to organise the event, the many stars of entertainment who donated their time, and the generous guests who donated so much money.

Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company and his Master Tom artwork
Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company (left) and his Master Tom artwork (right)

Brighton Bear Weekend present Rainbow Fund grant award

On the evening of 15 October 2018, at this year’s Rainbow Fund grant awards ceremony at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, we presented a grant of £18,500 to Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard. This grant will allow their continued support of the Rainbow Café for LGBTQ people with dementia or memory loss, as well as a new service for LGBTQ people experiencing bereavement.

Afterwards, we sat down with Brighton and Hove’s Mayor Dee Simson, who works tirelessly to support many local charities and other causes. She’s pictured below with most of the Brighton Bear Weekend committee, including several new members.

BBW committee with Brighton and Hove's Mayor Dee Simson at the Rainbow Fund 2018 grant awards

We have always proudly supported the Rainbow Fund, with all profits from our events going to them and other local charities. Last year, our fundraising total from all our events was £10,060. So when you’re having fun at Brighton Bear Weekend, you’re doing it for a good cause too!

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Night of the Living Zombears 2

The annual Brighton Bear Halloween party returns with Night of The Living Zombears 2 at Subline on Saturday 27 October. The frightening fun will start at 10:00pm and continue until the coffin lids shut!

Night of the Living Zombears 2 poster

This spook-tacular night is always busy with many coming in costume, from the mad to the wonderful, so let your imagination go wild! We will be giving away prizes for the best dressed, including a £50 Moodybear gift card, a £20 Nice ‘n’ Naughty gift card, and brunch for two with bubbles at Trading Post Coffee Roasters.

DJ Screwpulous will give you his monster beats to fling yourself around the bear pit to. Explore the catacombs, where mysterious moaning and groaning will give you the willies! We will be giving away free shots of spirits and treats to all those who brave the stairs down into the creepy crypt of Subline.

As always, we will be proudly supporting the Rainbow Fund, which gives out grants to small community groups for frontline services and to local HIV/AIDS charities. Entry is £5 for Subline members and £7 for non-members.

If you’re planning to be there, please check out this event’s Facebook event page Facebook page and indicate that you are attending. Thanks, and see you there!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2019 dates

We are excited to announce that next year’s Brighton Bear Weekend will run from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 June 2019.

Brighton Bear Weekend: 13-16 June 2019

We will once again have a full programme of fun events, which will be announced here soon. As always, we are proudly supporting the Rainbow Fund, which gives grants to small local LGBTQ+ community groups and local HIV/AIDS charities. So now is the time to book your hotels, flights and trains – and most importantly, book Monday 17 June off work!

Check out the Facebook event page Facebook event page, and please click Going if you’re planning to attend. We can’t wait to see you!