Heading to Manchester Pride this bank holiday weekend? We’ve rounded up the key details of the festival, as well as some nightlife options and some more chilled events.
HISKIND x Chappy Brunch
HISKIND once again team up with Chappy to host a brunch to launch off the Pride festivities. Check out what went down at our Brighton brunch here. Expect food and drinks, live art, music, DJs and vogueing.
Want to join? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number for a chance to win an invite.
The parade starts at 12.30 on Saturday 26 August, starting at Liverpool Road then heading through the city centre. It finished at Whitworth Street, just outside the gay village and main Pride event site. There are various viewing vantage points along the route to get a better view of the thousands of participants marching along.
The Big Weekend
The centre of the action is four days/nights of music across three stages. Tickets are still available for £28.05. Highlights include Example & DJ Wire, Faithless, Clean Bandit and more. There’s also the chance to meet and greet your favourite artists. Apply here.
Don’t miss: G-A-Y presents Melanie C at 9.45pm on Friday; Gok Wan DJ set at 4.45pm on Saturday; or G-A-Y presents Clean Bandit at 9.30pm on Sunday.
The Candlelight Vigil
The spiritual heart of the Pride festivities, the Monday night vigil transforms Sackville Gardens into a sea of candles. A minute’s silence commemorates those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS and to recognise the epidemic worldwide and the stigma that still pervades today. It also acts as a moment to recognise the problems and persecution that the LGBT+ community faces around the world today. It will no doubt take on extra significance this year in light of the current persecution in Chechnya, the attack on Manchester in May, and the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offenses Act.
The Superbia Weekend
The Superbia Weekend present three days of free events in parallel to The Big Weekend at No. 70 Oxford Street at Manchester Metropolitan University, in association with UK Black Pride and Rainbow Noir. All the events take place in alcohol-free, accessible spaces.
Friday’s launch starts with music and mocktails, then features we’ll hear from special guests, Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, and CEO of Manchester Pride, Mark Fletcher.
Saturday highlights include: a panel of LGBT artists of colour, hosted by Adam Beyonce Lowe and featuring Travis Alabanza, Darren Pritchard, Sandi Hughes and Seleena Laverne Daye, and live entertainment at Superbia Cabaret.
Sunday starts with a morning yoga session then features panels on LGBT people, faith and spirituality and LGBT sobriety, recovery and substance misuse, a performance by Manchester’s Women Asylum Seekers Together Choir and a vogue workshop with Darren Pritchard.
Full details available here.
Manchester Pride at Cruz 101 2017 (Thursday to Monday)
“Join us for a weekend of Pop, Chart, Dance & Commercial House provided by the UKs and beyond hottest DJs! Expect nothing but the best cutting edge sound.”
Thursday: SASS, Friday: The Official Pride Opening Party, Saturday: APEX, Sunday: APEX:2, Monday: The Official Pride Closing Party.
KIKI Academy – Manchester Pride – The Big Weekend (Friday to Monday)
“Pride is nearly upon us and KIKI have something very special in store! But that’s being kept a secret until a little later…It’s our fourth Pride and we’re doing it even bigger and better!”
Manchester Pride BigWeekend @ EVA Karaoke Bar & Nightclub (Friday to Monday)
“Join us at Manchesters Newest Late Night Venue, Karaoke Bar & Nightclub.”
Expect karaoke every afternoon, a live act Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and 2 DJs each night.
Aftershock Manchester Pride 2017! (Saturday and Sunday)
“Two all-night Pride parties at Sub 101 Manchester from 11pm until 10am!”
They’re hosting a White Party on Saturday and “BLACKOUT” on Sunday.
Horse Meat Disco (Saturday)
“It’s Pride Weekend… What better way to celebrate than getting a sweat on to Horse Meat Disco.”
“Win £500 or Gamble To Win £1000 + G-A-Y Will Donate £100 To EJAF Per Contestant Who Strips.”
With judges Divina De Campo, Danny Beard & Baga Chipz Mbe.
Arts and Culture
Never Going Underground at the People’s History Museum (until 3 September)
An exhibition curated by the local LGBT+ community, Never Going Underground takes its name from the campaign against Section 28 that arose in the 1980s. “The exhibition details the development of an LGBT+ movement,” they explain, “showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism.”
Family friendly exhibition. Suggested donation £5.
Celebrate Manchester Pride with a tour of the People’s History Museum. Explore the history of gender and sexuality in the UK and discover how attitudes and the law have changed over the past 200 years.
Suggested donation £3. Advanced booking required.
Queer Art Show 5: REVOKE (24 to 29 August)
Curated by Debbie Sharp, artist and director of Manchester’s artist & Dyke led project space The Penthouse, Queer Art Show 5, this exhibition presents work from contemporary, Manchester based LGBTQ+ artists. “QA5 brings together ideas of restrictions, criminalisation and fighting for freedoms within LGBTQ+ lives,” Sharp explains.
Preview event: Thursday 24 August, 6-9 pm. Exhibition open Friday 25 to Tuesday 29 August, 1-6pm (except Saturday).
Queer Artists Float @ Manchester Pride, Saturday 26 August (show open 5pm until late).