Meet your host, Jonbee!

Your friendly host at many of the events at Brighton Bear Weekend (13-16 June) will be the inimitable and very talented Jonbee! We caught up with him and asked him what he’ll be doing and what he’s looking forward to most …

Well … here we go again! I’m so excited and honoured to be able to host and compere Brighton Bear Weekend again this year. The international bear community inviting the world to join in with lots of fun, music, dancing, laughter, culture and an all round bloody good time! Old friends and friends I’ve yet to meet gathering together to party hard and all the while raising money for the Rainbow Fund!

Jon B

By the time we get to the weekend itself, I’ll have just got back from a weekend celebrating Inclusion in Sport at the Union Cup in Dublin with the Sea Serpents rugby team, and will be looking forward to meeting everyone at the Quiz on Thursday and Welcome Night on Friday evening!

I can’t wait to chuck out a few songs for you all at the Garden Party and Bear-a-oke, but most of all I can’t wait to host the Find Jonbee a Husband competition … er … I mean the Mr Brighton Bear competition! It’s my favourite weekend because no matter who you are, where you are or what you are, you’re more than welcome to join us for any or all of the weekend!

Have I mentioned how excited I am? See you there for hug and a Hi!

Jonbee x

Interview with Dave the Bear

After a hectic Saturday of indoor and outdoor daytime events followed by our big Beefmince club night, what better way to relax on Sunday at Brighton Bear Weekend than an afternoon of Cabaret with Dave the Bear? Have a Sunday roast lunch at Amsterdam Bar and Kitchen and stay on afterwards for entertainment from Dave the Bear and guests starting at 3:00 pm on Sunday 16 June.

We asked Dave a few questions to find out what he has been up to and what we can expect on the day … read the interview here.

Dave the Bear

Gscene magazine’s June edition out now

The June 2019 edition of Gscene, Brighton’s LGBT news and listings magazine, is available online now! The cover features the very handsome Dave, modelling our 2019 t-shirt, with a backdrop of Brighton’s (well, Hove’s actually!) famous colourful beach huts on the seafront.

Gscene magazine cover, June 2019

This issue contains information about Brighton Bear Weekend on pages 8 (overview, programme of events and Mr Brighton Bear competition) and 10 (Bearspace research project), as well as several bear-themed articles. Read it here!

A big thank you to Brighton-based photographer Nick Ford for taking this excellent photo of Dave!

The fabulous Bearycorn

The bearycorn – half bear, half unicorn – is a rare creature, but you can get your hands on one! We’ll be auctioning this beauty during Brighton Bear Weekend in June, with the sum raised going to support the Brighton Rainbow Fund as always.

Bearycorn by Nigelknits

This delightful creature was lovingly hand-knitted by Nigel of Nigelknits in West Yorkshire. He makes and sells a range of beautiful bears, hats and other items, and very kindly donated this unique one-off to us. Thank you, Nigel!

Nigel of Nigelknits
Nigel of Nigelknits

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