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Here’s who just got added to Manchester Pride

The city's pride celebrations take place this August.

Manchester Pride have announced that Lulu has joined the line up for this year’s Gay Village Party.

The news comes as the iconic performer celebrates the 55th anniversary of the release of her smash hit single Shout. 

The legendary artist will perform on the Thomas Cook Airlines Stage in Sackville Gardens on Saturday evening, alongside Seann Miley Moore and Rhythm of the ’90s.

Other artists confirmed to perform on the stage over the weekend include Liberty X, Sara Aalto, Stephen Bailey, Danny Beard & Friends, Le Queenz, Proms in the Park and more.

Known as the heart of Manchester Pride, the Gay Village Party will also host a family space, sing-a-long cinema, silent disco, fairground rides and more activities across the weekend.

Tickets for the Gay Village Party are available now


Last month Manchester Pride confirmed the line up for their Superbia Weekend, the free cultural programme which forms part of their celebrations, coming to the city this August.

Now in its fourth year, Superbia celebrates LGBT+ life across Greater Manchester with debates, film, comedy, literature, sport, theatre and loads more taking place across the weekend.

The free to attend programme takes place in alcohol-free spaces, hosted at No 70 Oxford Street, Manchester Central Library and The Refuge.

The headline event of this year’s Superbia is the North West premiere of Deep In Vogue, the new documentary which delves into Manchester’s Vogue Ball scene.

Here’s the full Superbia 2019 line up:

Friday 23 August 2019

The Superbia Weekend Launch
The Refuge Basement, 7–10pm
Screening of Beyond, ‘There’s always a Black issue, dear’… with Q&A from director Claire Lawrie.
Guest artists and Project Manager of Superbia, Greg Thorpe introduce The Superbia Weekend followed by social time and music.

Saturday 24 August 2019

Post-Parade Party
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cafe), from 14:30
Music, café and art workshop for all ages.

Superbia Gallery
No. 70 Oxford Street (Exhibition Space), from 15:00
Exhibition of work from Manchester artists, including a specially-commissioned audio installation of bisexual poets reading their work, Heather Glazzard’s Queer Letters, Tom Quaye’s collection of digital work including Queers of Manchester, drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous and a collection of make-up faceprints and many more.

Rainbow Noir Exhibition Launch
Manchester Central Library, 16:30 ­- 18:30
Rainbow Noir, a group for and by queer people of colour in Manchester, launch an exhibition of materials including photographs, video, T-shirts, banners, flyers and more. The exhibition will be curated by Rainbow Noir member and artist/curator Leo Hermitt. The exhibition is due to launch directly after the Parade with marchers placing parade banners into the exhibition as the final pieces. There will be launch speeches followed by a catered West Indian buffet in the Function Room.
For anyone who misses the event over the course of the weekend, the exhibition to run until the end of September.

South and Central American Queer Film
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 16:30 – 17:30
Screening of This Is My Face focusing on Chilean men living with HIV with an introduction by filmmaker Angelica Cabezas, and Carmen, about a drag queen community in Panama, with an introduction by artist Humberto Velez who worked on the project.

Drag Queen Story Time with The Nightbus
No. 70 Oxford Street (Annexe), 17:15 – 18:00
The Nightbus reads for the kids! A theatre production aimed at young people, drag queen The Nightbus hosts a storytime event to encourage people to embrace difference. Drag Queen Story Time is inspired by a project created in San Francisco. It is exactly what it sounds like – a drag queen reading stories in libraries, schools and community spaces to help educate and imagine a world where people are not judged on their appearance or identity.

SMART Recovery Meeting
No. 70 Oxford Street (Quiet Space), 17:00 – 18:30
SMART Recovery is an international non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from addictions. SMART is an acronym for Self-Management and Recovery Training. The group get together will include conversation, meditation and acupuncture and will be open to all.

BiPhoria Birthday Event
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cafe), 17:30 – 19:30
A panel, conversation and celebration event looking at bi/pan/omni issues and history in collaboration with Biphoria.

Superbia Lecture
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema), 5.30pm–6.30pm
Dr Andrew Moor of Manchester Metropolitan University gives a talk on contemporary gay cinema.

Deep In Vogue Manchester Premiere and Performance Party
The Refuge Basement, 19:00 – 03:00
Manchester premiere of the Deep In Vogue documentary including two screenings, conversations with filmmakers, an appearance from documentary star Honey Dijon. The screenings will be followed by performances from House of Ghetto and local DJs.
Film screening: 21:00 – 20:30
After party with performances: 21:00–03:00

Riot Act
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 19:30 – 20:30
One man verbatim theatre performance focussing on different gay historical voices throughout the years, directed by Rob Ward.

Queers Without Beers Takeover!
No. 70 Oxford Street Café, 19:30 – 22:00
Sober social with music and a pop-up pay-what-you-feel alcohol-free bar.

SUNDAY 25 AUGUST

Morning Yoga
No. 70 Oxford Street (Annexe) 11:00 – 12:00

An audience with Luke Turner
No. 70 Oxford Street (Café) 12:30 – 13:30
Author event with the writer of Out Of The Woods hosted by Emily Metcalfe of Leeds Lit Festival.

Bi/Pan Film Programme
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 14:00 – 16:00
Collection of bi/pan films curated and introduced by Abbie Wolfe of Belladonna Experiences.

Superbia Gallery: Artist Tour & Talk
No. 70 Oxford Street (Exhibition Space) 15:00 – 16:30
Artists discuss their work in a guided tour of The Superbia Gallery plus pop-up performances and reading.

Rebel Dyke Live
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 14:30 – 17:30
One woman show by Karen Fisch looking back at her life as a dyke activist, London drag king and notorious Rebel Dyke.

Les Flicks presents JT LeRoy 
No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 17:45 – 19:45
New feature film looking at enigmatic JT LeRoy scandal presented with Manchester’s lesbian/bi monthly film club.

Abigail Ward presents Jayne County
No. 70 Oxford Street (Annexe) 18:00 – 19:00
50 minute talk on the transgender punk icon and rebel.


Manchester Pride will see the city transformed by Deep Space Pride: A Future World of Equality, inviting Manchester to look towards what the world may be like in the distant future.

Pushing for a world where all people are free to love, the Manchester Pride is looking to be filled with diverse colour.

“At Manchester Pride, our vision is a world in which LGBT+ people are free to live and love without prejudice,” says organiser Mark Fletcher. “We’re inviting people to fast forward 50, 100 or even 200 years and envisage what the world could be like at this time, as we march for LGBT+ equality.”

The theme will spread across all four days of Manchester Pride, including the Manchester Pride Parade across the city centre on the Saturday afternoon, and the new Manchester Pride Live music event across the weekend.

The event will also feature the Candlelit Vigil, the Superbia Weekend, Youth Pride MCR, and the Gay Village Party with events running from 23 – 26 August 2019.

The Gay Village Party will this year bring live performances, food and makers market, family activities and more to famous cobbled streets.

Manchester’s Sackville Gardens will host the Thomas Cook Airlines stage and family space, welcoming Liberty X, Proms In The Park and Danny Beard And Friends on the Saturday. The Sunday will see the Queer Music Stage, programmed by Superbia and running from 14:00 until 23:00.

Monday will see Trans Pride take to Sackville Gardens, and as in previous years the Candlelit Vigil will close proceedings in the evening.

Elsewhere on Bloom Street, Manchester Pride visitors can enjoy The EXPO, the hugely popular silent disco and the Sinaglong Cinema. In the evening, Bloom Street will become The Fetish Emporium, a night market with stalls, demonstrations and performances.

Former host of the main stage, the car park, will now house the Sackville Square Fair.

Pop superstars Ariana Grande and Years & Years will headline Manchester Pride Live 2019.

Also performing over the weekend will be Emeli Sandé, Cheryl, Tulisa, Kim Petras, Louisa, Lady Leshurr, Bananarama and loads more.

A brand new addition to this year’s celebrations, Manchester Pride Live takes place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2019 in Mayfield, a former Royal Mail parcel depot located in Piccadilly. Manchester Pride Live will play host to some of the world’s biggest musical artists over pride weekend, across multiple indoor and outdoor stages.


Here’s the line-up for Manchester Pride Live:

Saturday 24 August 2019

Mayfield

Years & Years | Emeli Sandé| Kim Petras | Louisa | Lady Leshurr | Youngr | Gok Wan| Basement Jaxx (DJ set)| HEDKANDI 20th Anniversary Tour | Freemasons w/ Katherine Ellis | Jodie Harsh | K-Klass Live| Sink the Pink DJs| Rhythm of the 90s

Sunday 25 August 2019

Mayfield

Ariana Grande | G-A-Y presents Cheryl | Ministry of Sound Annual Classical | Tulisa | Bananarama | Nicky Siano’s Hallelujah Disco | Becky Hill| Four of Diamonds| Chelcee Grimes| Faithless (DJ Set)| Hercules and Love Affair | Bongos Bingo | We Love Pop


To experience the full line-up of music at Mayfield, fans need to purchase a Rainbow Pass.

Weekend, Saturday and Sunday Rainbow Passes are available.

Please note, Manchester Pride Live is over 18s only. 


Tickets for Manchester Pride Live 2019 are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk

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