Totnes Pride 2017 Theme: ‘Paint it Gold’

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Totnes Pride theme will be ‘Paint it Gold’. This year’s theme is inspired by Kintsugi pottery; the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold.

This year’s theme feels significant to us, here’s why:

‘’I created some Kintsugi pottery last year for the first time. The process of putting a piece of pottery back together and painting the cracks gold was a very moving one. It made me think of how I treat the parts of myself I consider to be broken, damaged or ‘imperfect’.

There have been many times in my life where I have needed to put myself back together. During that process, I spent so much of my energy trying to look or be just like before, with all cracks covered over and all marks invisible to the eye. I recently remembered that the tough times in my life had changed me forever. I tried to make it look like they hadn’t, but they had.

Painting the broken pottery gold inspired me to question my need to hide the parts of myself that I am frightened or ashamed of.’’

Jon, Totnes Pride Action Group member

‘’The colour gold can mean many things, we mostly associate it with wealth, prosperity, sparkle and glamour. However, gold is also associated with illumination, love, compassion and courage. In Kintsugi something that is broken is put back together using gold, it becomes more valuable for having been broken.

What this reminds me is that whenever life has broken me, I have been able to find the light in the darkness. I have had the courage to pick up the pieces and with compassion and love put myself back together. In doing so I am a stronger and better person for having been broken.’’

Julie, Totnes Pride Action Group member

‘’There’s gold at the end of the rainbow and the soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. For me, Proud2Be is a safe haven, a place where it’s OK to be vulnerable.’’

Alison, Totnes Pride Action Group member

‘’ ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ by Brene Brown says it all really. Through trauma, tragedy, mental and physical my experiences have made me wiser, more insightful, empathetic, more resilient, yet brave enough to show my vulnerabilities. ‘Paint it Gold ‘ celebrates these parts of my life which helped shape me who I am today.’’

Dot, Totnes Pride Action Group member

‘’I spent a few years trying to ‘heal’ from the ugly things I had been through. To me, healing meant ridding myself of all of the emotional scars and baggage I was left with, until there was no evidence of those things ever happening to me. The theme ‘paint it gold’ resonates with me because it reminds me of the true meaning of ‘healing’. Acknowledging and accepting the hurt, pain, trauma and loss we have experienced and recognising that there is beauty in the way we put ourselves back together.’’

 Mat, Totnes Pride Action Group member

We really look forward to seeing you at our 5th Totnes Pride!

All our love,

Totnes Pride Action Group (TPAG)



  1. sky

    WOW – straight to my heart – what a wonderful pertinent theme that resonates with our lives, and definitely mine – especially all the pre-gay-liberation queer maligning and the recovering from brokenness – thanx so much – see you soon – sky

    • Jon Price

      Thanks so much Sky. So pleased it resonates with you as much as it does with us 🙂 Take care and see you soon! 🙂

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