Hugely successful LGBT Festival puts Shropshire on the Worldwide Map!

As the 2021 Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival comes to an end, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect and celebrate achievements.

In just 36 days, there were 30 fantastic events including performances, film screenings, discussions, presentations, workshops and much more. We welcomed a variety of guests from many countries and feedback from our audience was enthusiastic and supportive.


“This is the first time I got to attend and appreciate LGBT+ history. I always heard about it on the fringes, this was beautiful and educational and made me feel a part of an international community”

“These were excellent events – the best organised events in the country!”

“Great, fantastic, friendly, you punch well above and beyond Shrewsbury!”

“This festival means a lot to me. Living out in the sticks it makes it possible for me to feel part of the LGBT community at least once a year”


Website analysis allowed us to identify the various countries visitors to the website came from. Usually, the Festival takes place in Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas. This year the website has attracted viewers from as far away as Australia!

This year the Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival website has attracted visitors from North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. In the last 90 days the website has received over 4,700 visitors in total, with over 2,500 of those being unique. This shows that the Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival has reached a new and worldwide audience and that the important issues and topics raised within the festival’s events is are internationally present and relevant. Countries where website visitors are from include France, Spain, Thailand, Canada, the USA, Portugal, Italy, India, Malaysia, Finland, Poland, Germany and Brazil!

The map shows where visitors – and some guest speakers - are located around the world.

All events were free to attend. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the events took place online, which although was challenging, was very successful! Throughout the festival there has been laughter, tears, smiles, joy and most of all – fun! Hearing such positive feedback has been really encouraging to all involved, despite the circumstances the Festival took place under.

Even though the festival has now come to an end, you can keep up to date with all of our future LGBT+ events and news over on our Facebook page: