Pride FestivalsBy TheStudentGuide
At uni you’ll get up to all sorts of mischief and make lots of new friends along the way. But you don’t wanna forget your pals from home!
Here is our pick of Pride festivals to take in before you leave this year, and as a rendezvous for summer 2013.
Manchester Pride 2012: 17 – 27 August
Centred around Canal Street in the city’s Gay Village, Manchester Pride is a 10 day festival of arts, music and cultural events culminating in The Big Weekend – a 72 hour party during the August Bank Holiday. The festival is currently celebrating its 21st year of festivities, having begun as a jumble sale outside the Rembrandt Hotel in the second half of the 1980's. To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of code breaker Alan Turing (who was prosecuted for gross indecency for having relations with another man in 1952 prompting him to commit suicide), this year’s theme is ‘Queer’d Science’.
This years’ live acts include Steps (who will headline the Gaydar Main arena) alongside Bjorn Again, Toyah, and Scarletts Roses amongst others.
Weekend tickets are priced at £20 and can be purchased online here. Day tickets are also available at £12.50.
Check out the website for the full lineup plus information about getting to the event and where to stay.
Brighton Pride 2012: 1 September
Brighton Pride is one of Europe’s largest LGBT park events, and everyone knows about it. The parade proceeds through the town to Preston Park where there is a collection of tents including the Cabaret tent, the Line Dancing tent and the Bears tent. This year’s theme will be the United Colours of Pride. For 2012, Alexandra Burke will headline the Pop tent, with Fat Boy Slim and Freemasons also rattling up some noise.
Student tickets are priced at £8.50 and can be purchased online here. £1 from every ticket sold is donated directly to the Rainbow Fund to distribute to local LGBT and HIV organisations and charities.
Check out the website for the full line up plus information about getting to the event and where to stay.
Europride 2013: 10 – 20 July
Europride is the biggest LGBT event in Europe and is hosted by a different European city each year. The first event was held in London in 1992 and last years’ event in Rome was headlined by Lady Gaga. Next year, Europride goes to Marseille where the 10 day festival will be played out in the European Capital of Culture. The week of programmed events will include one of the Gaston Defferre beaches being converted into a Rainbow Beach complete with mattresses, a lounge bar and a silent disco; clubs opening 10-5am; conferences, workshops and the Europride march which hopes to attract 300,000 people. The week will culminate in a weekend of traditional Mardi-Gras style live music, clubnights and an AIDS memorial vigil.
Check out the website for up to date information as it is announced.
World Outgames 2013: 31 July – 11 August
The World Outgames is a pretty big deal. Like a Gay Olympics, the event is in its third year (having been previously hosted by Montreal and Copenhagen), and is open to everyone who wishes to compete in an event. Events include sports ranging from Figure Skating to Ballroom Dancing to Chess to Water Polo, and everything in between. There will also be a wide range of cultural mini festivals including poetry, literature, film and choir.
Visit the official website to register here.