This was our third Dignify event and it is safe to say it was our best one yet!
We sold out 2 weeks before the event so we had nearly 300 people fill The Bedford, who once again provided the space for free and kept the acts fuelled with pizza. It’s the perfect, iconic venue to host a range of perfomances with space to dance and catch up with friends. They also have the best staff in South London.
We started operating in Moldova this year and expanded what we do in Cyprus so funds were more critical than ever. We have raised £58,800!!! We have to give special thanks to generous sponsors, particularly the great people at Talon Outdoor who delivered once again this year.
We had three brilliant floor-filling acts who all gave their time for free to raise money for the cause: My Fine Companions, Yardlander and Police Dog Hogan.
You can still watch any of the acts on the facebook livestream.
The line-up was curated by talented musicians Tony Moore and Nick Kidney, with Production Managers Richard Hunt and Kaja Riedle keeping everything running smoothly.
For something a little different, the incomparable and outrageous drag act Boss and Tamara were hilarious from the moment they started. And then the night was rounded off in style with Glastonbury veteran DJ Rob Mello.
There was a serious point to the whole evening so Chief Executive Paul Hutchings talked briefly about how critical the funds are and a recent Ukrainian arrival Inna talked about the impact of the war and the global response.
As well as the performers giving their time for free, none of it would have been possible without the army of volunteers behind the scenes, thanks to all of them including Jen Stobart who managed things efficiently on the night, Andy Mattock of Brighton Website Designs who built the wonderful event website and photographer Clive Andrews.
Special mention has to go to two people who are still the driving force behind the whole event trustee Eve Linieres and Philippa Brown of PHD Media.
See you all again next year!