Master Tom artwork auction

We are excited to announce that the Master Tom artwork (pictured below) by the Strange Case Company will be auctioned at this year’s Dine with the Stars on Thursday 18 October.

Master Tom print by the Strange Case Company

Master Tom is a one-off piece of art which has been kindly donated by Jamie Durrant of the Strange Case Company. It is based on a selection of Tom of Finland’s illustrations, with the subject wearing the iconic “uniform” of a clone: black leather jacket, black cap and chains. This framed piece measures 72.5cm by 72.5cm, and is finished with Swarovski Crystals representing the constellations that would have appeared on the night that Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) died, 7 November 1991. This limited edition of one is printed on aluminium and has an estimated worth of £2000. It has to be seen to be truly appreciated, and can be viewed at Prowler in Brighton.

The auction will take place at the annual Dine with the Stars at Jury’s Inn Brighton Waterfront on Thursday 18 October, from 6.30pm to 12.30am. Tickets are £29 each, and include a three-course gala dinner. You can also choose which table of the 14 Brighton and London cabaret stars you wish to be on. All of them will be performing throughout the night. For tickets to this incredible event, please call 01273 725331.

The whole event and this auction will raise money for the Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum who provide essential services across the city.

Those unable to attend on the night can still bid by phone. For more information about this, please contact us.

Stars on the night will include Davina Sparkle (host), Miss JasonDave LynnMiss Lola LasagneJason Lee, Miss Disney, SpiceKara Van-Park, Matt Rodd (Mr Gay Europe and UK), Mrs Moore, Maisie Trollette, Sally VateHeart & SoulSuspiciously Elvis and Jennie Castell.

See also:

Our 2018 fundraising total

You helped Brighton Bear Weekend raise £10,060 for wonderful causes in Brighton and Hove

We hosted a thank you party at the Camelford Arms on Thursday 10 July for the performers, volunteers, venue owners and staff, and other supporters who helped make Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 such a blast.

We also announced our fundraising total for the year ending June 2018: a grand total of £10,060 for LGBT causes in Brighton and Hove! This consists of £8,460 raised at the weekend and our other events during the year for the Rainbow Fund, £750 raised by Lunch Positive at our Bear-B-Que on 16 June, and £850 raised by Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum at the same event. This brings our all-time fundraising total to over £35,000! You can read more about this here.

We couldn’t do any of this without you, the wonderful bears and friends who come to Brighton every year and give so generously. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, and we can’t wait to see you again soon!

Cheque presentation to the Rainbow Fund
Graham Munday, chair of Brighton Bear Weekend, presents a cheque to Steve Beaumont from the Rainbow Fund

Our online shop is open again!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 t-shirts and vests, with our logo designed by Bobo-Bear (bottom left below), are back on sale in our online shop! We’ve reorganised our stock after the big weekend, and we’ve also added black t-shirts with our 2018 logo in white (top left). We also have only two of our very limited edition grey hoodies (top right) left in stock.

All items are available in limited quantities until supplies run out, so check in the online shop to see if we have your colour/size combination and place your order soon!

Brighton Bear Weekend 2018 merchandise

Thanks, bears!

Brighton Bear Weekend is over for another year – and it was a total blast! We want to send a huge THANK YOU to all the bears and friends who came to our events and made them so much fun. We love you all!!!

Here at Brighton Bear Weekend headquarters, we’re recomposing ourselves and will be back soon with photos from the weekend and other news. We will also be revealing the grand total raised over the weekend when everything has been finalised. We’ll always keep you posted here and on our Facebook page. Thanks again, and stay beary!

Thanks, bears!

Merchandise now for collection only

T-shirts and wristbands are still on sale in our online shop. However, because we cannot guarantee that posted items will reach you before the big weekend (14-17 June), merchandise bought online will not be posted out, and must be collected in person during the weekend instead. This shipping option will be selected for you automatically upon checkout.

You can collect items that you have bought online at our Welcome Night at Bar Revenge (Friday 15 June, 7:00-11:00pm). If you can’t be there, ask a friendly Brighton Bear Weekend crew member at any of our other events during the weekend – just look for our yellow name badges – and we’ll sort you out!

Eight bears in Brighton Bear Weekend t-shirts

 

Interview: The Strange Case Company

In this fascinating long interview with Jamie Durrant (pictured left below) of the Strange Case Company, we discuss his background, career, inspirations and plans for the future.

Jamie has very generously donated his aluminium-framed Master Tom print (pictured right below) worth over £1700 to our big Brighton Bear Weekend Raffle. For a chance to win this absolutely fantastic prize, you can buy raffle tickets from Brighton Bear Weekend crew at our events all weekend (14-17 June). The prize draw will take place at our Bear Bust and Raffle Draw at the Camelford Arms on Sunday 17 June from 5:00 to 7:30pm.

Read the full interview »

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) that you can win in our raffle

The Bear-B-Que is one week from today!

It’s exactly one week until our great big Bear-B-Que and Picnic! Starting at 12:30 in the afternoon on Saturday 16 June, this fun-packed event in Dorset Gardens is the highlight of the weekend for many, with free entertainment on the Prowler stage all afternoon, great food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) available, market stalls, games, a tombola, and a barber offering beard and fur trims!

Dorset Gardens is close to the other Bear Weekend venues in Kemptown (see our map). The gardens are accessible, and an accessible toilet will be provided.

For full details of the entertainment, food and drink options and more, see the Bear-B-Que event page.

Bear-B-Que poster

Many thanks to Prowler for sponsoring this event. Their continuing generosity lets us keep making this event bigger and better each year!