A two-week arts and film festival will be the centrepiece of Pride 2013.

Brighton and Hove City Council has given permission for the main event to be held in Preston Park on August 3.

And Pride bosses are promising that this year will involve partygoers spending more time having fun and less time stuck in queues.

New features include a sports day and the Brighton Pride Arts and Film Festival, which will run from July 19 to August 4.

Surprise The festival will showcase and exhibit some of the best LGBT film and art by national and local artists.

There will also be what the organisers described as “surprise” headline acts for the Preston Park event along with a return of the popular dog show.

Last year’s event was organised by new company Pride Brighton and Hove after its predecessor ran up large debts.

Chief executive Trevor Edwards said he had learned lessons from last year and said new technology would be used to get people into the park quickly.

He said: “Taking over the reins of such an iconic festival can be tricky but we have made a point of listening to the public, businesses and the feedback from Pride 2012 to bring about positive resolutions to issues that were flagged up such as ticket purchasing, toilets and queues in Preston Park.

“I’m making the promise that there won’t be queues into the park this year.

Surprise acts

“I’m meeting ticketing groups soon to make sure it’s all streamlined and everyone spends their day having fun and not queueing.

“We have a few surprise acts in the pipeline and we’re determined to carry on the Pride tradition and make it a day to remember.

“We’re hoping to raise at least £30,000 by giving £1 from each ticket to local causes and charities but if we can raise more then that would be great.”

Pride in 2012 saw more than 100,000 people partying on the streets of the city despite fears for the future of the event earlier in the year.

Mr Edwards said: “We have learned a lot since last year and we want to build on the success.

“Pride is great for the community, great for the charities and great for Brighton.”

Details on how to purchase tickets for the event will be released later in the year.

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