Liverpool Pride 2018 takes place across two days – Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. Whilst the Saturday’s events all centre around the new location of Tithebarn Street, the main hub for the Sunday’s family focused Pride Sundae will be taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Liverpool’s oldest building The Bluecoat.
Watch above as we get all the info you need ahead of Liverpool Pride with Festival Co-Chair, John Bird.
Last week we announced that The Guide Liverpool are proudly supporting Liverpool Pride this year and our own Jay Hynd and Claire Simmo will be hosting the Main Stage on Tithebarn Street on Saturday between 4-9pm with performances from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the cast of Kinky Boots and Celeb Big Brother winner, Courtney Act.
Sundae Funday will see a whole host of family friendly activities take place from 12 noon and running throughout the day including arts and crafts activities celebrating the festival theme of #AllTogetherNow, a food market, and weather permitting barbeque in the Bluecoat Garden, plus a youth dance event from Dance Dynamix led by Nazene Danielle Langfield which sees around 150 dancers from dance schools across the city coming together for a very special performance.
Activate Your Activism on Sunday afternoon at The Walker Art Gallery as attendees are invited to explore the galleries collection of LGBT+ artwork. From 1pm – 4pm workshops inspired by Lois Tierney’s pop up display of LGBT+ placards will take place giving visitors the chance to make their own artwork and create a Pride badge.
National Museums Liverpool will also play host to a number of LGBT+ events as part of Pride Sundae programme. International Slavery Museum will hold two LGBT+ events. Civil Rights and Freedom Fights explores how LGBT+ activism and civil rights movements in the USA and UK intersected. Take home a piece of activism by creating a badge in Faces of Change Badge Making workshops. Liverpool Queer Collective are set to host Telling Tales: I’m Coming Out at Museum of Liverpool an afternoon of shared stories based around the theme of coming out.
Concluding Pride Sundae’s events is the Post Pride Chillout at Liverpool Cathedral. Doors open at 6pm for an evening of reflection hosted by Open Table to honour the messages of love and support for the LGBT+ community from across the weekend.
While Pride weekend is considered the main event, the Pride team have been working hard to curate a series of LGBT+ events which will take place across the city throughout July.
Picturehouse@FACT presents Pride at the Pictures a popular monthly event which takes place on the last Monday of each month. All About My Mother on Monday 23 July tells the story of Manuela’s search for Lola, her sons father. Also screening as part of the event is Guen Murroni’s short film FEE, with the film maker in attendance.
Brazilica: LGBT Film Night presents Divine Diva’s at Output Gallery on Monday 30 July.
The film charts the life of eight Brazilian transvestite performers and drag artists of the 1960’s who revolutionalised the sexual behaviour and challenged the deep conservatism of the time.
Tate Liverpool will host a whole week of events in Tate Exchange: Producing Equality from 16 – 22 July. Throughout the week workshops and guest speakers will explore how Liverpool Pride is produced, exploring equality, inclusion and artistic content. On 21 & 22 July Liverpool Pride and Liverpool Queer Collective will host banner making sessions at Tate’s Clore Learning Space inviting all to get involved and create banners for the Pride March celebrating this year’s theme.
Bold Street’s radical bookshop News from Nowhere will display All Together Now by local artist Ben Youdan, a powerful piece of art which has been donated to Liverpool Pride in order to raise vital funds for the festival.
Tales From The City at Museum of Liverpool brings together often hidden voices, personal items, shared memories and official documents which reflect how Liverpool’s LGBT+ communities have changed over the past five decades. The free exhibition will run until March 2019.
Riotous comedy The Ruby Slippers starring Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey and BBC All Together Now’s Owen Farrow.comes to Studio at Royal Court from 24 – 28 July. Following a hugely successful 2017 UK Tour the hilarious show is back and not to be missed.
Stand out at the Pride March by creating your own placard. Make a Placard and March with Lois Tierney part of Independents Biennial will host placard making workshops on 26 July at St Johns Market. Participants can take part in the Pride March and will be given the chance to display their creativity in specially curated Pride Placard Exhibition.
Grin Theatre return to Pride with their annual Queertet on 26 and 27 July at The Casa. The annual celebration of LGBT+ writing proves popular with audiences; get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
A Midsummer Nights Queer brings together some of the city’s finest LGBT+ promoters Beers for Queers, Eat Me + Preach, Lez Be Avin It and MerseyBears for a pre pride party like no other on at District on 27 July.
Liverpool Health Consortium’s ‘Lunatic Fringe’ comes to Liverpool Pride with Headspace Hanger: At Pride on Saturday 28 July. Headspace will provide a breakout space from the main Pride Event allowing revellers to take a quiet space to relax look after their well being and experience alternative therapies.
Open Eye Gallery and New Beginnings will create a photography exhibition engaging young people from Sefton to develop skills as festival photographers. Young people will capture the highlights from the festival weekend.
Pam Hogg and Duovision present Dr Hogg’s Divine Disorder at The Gallery is an exhibition of fashion, art and photography from Pam Hogg, a maverick of British Fashion. Not to be missed the exhibition will run from 14 July – 26 August.
With such an array of events there is something for everyone in the Liverpool Pride programme, add these unmissable events to your diary today.
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