One of the worlds leading celebrations of LGBTQ+ life, the Manchester Pride Festival, is back in town from 27 – 30 August 2021.
A huge weekend is set to go ahead thanks to the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England and the city is sure to party hard!
Gay Village Party: Friday 27- Monday 30 August
The ultimate bank holiday weekend will take place in the Gay Village, the heart of Manchester Pride, boasting a line-up of live performances and markets.
We’re thrilled to introduce our brand new Mancunity Stage to this year’s Gay Village Party! Our Mancunity Stage proudly celebrates the very best in diverse Mancunian LGBTQ+ talent, and we can’t wait to have you join us 🎉https://t.co/EMpOsKbY94 pic.twitter.com/toCXDArzRb
— Manchester Pride (@ManchesterPride) August 13, 2021
A brand new addition to the festival, ‘The Playground’, will play host to exciting interactive contests, dance routines and games.
The Alan Turing Stage will showcase both new and established artists, as well as community favourites, whilst the Mancunity Stage will host a variety of artists and the much loved silent disco.
Go looking and you will also find the Manchester Pride Maypole, fairground rides, a chill-out area and a bar!
Superbia Weekend: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 August
A special alcohol-free space to enjoy films, art, yoga and culture away from the main party. Look out for more information!
Equality Marches: Saturday 28 August
Thousands of people are expected to march through the city centre with the support of sideline allies along the route.
However, whilst 14,000 people marched in 2019, to help keep everyone safe, this year’s approach will mean that the parades will run slightly differently.
On Sunday 28th June 1970, 200 people marched 51 blocks from Christopher Street in Greenwich Village to Central Park. By the time they arrived, they had been joined by over 1000 others. This became known as The Christopher Street Liberation Day March. pic.twitter.com/oTzbvFyBOY
— Manchester Pride (@ManchesterPride) August 9, 2021
There will be five marches, each limited to a maximum of 400 people per march, offering the opportunity for up to 2,000 people to take part overall.
MCR Pride Live: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 August
Human Rights Forum: Sunday 29 August
Following its successful launch last year will well-known artists Munroe Bergdorf, Juno Dawson, Ben Hunte and Reeta Loi, the Human Rights Forum is back, providing a space to discuss the challenges that continue to face LGBTQ+ communities today, and how to promote political or social change.
This event is free and will take place online.
The Candlelit Vigil: Monday 30 August
To cultivate the four-day festival, a candlelit vigil will be held in Sackville Gardens, the home of Alan Turing.
The Candlelit Vigil is the culmination of Manchester Pride Festival, providing a space for us to take a moment of reflection and remember those we've lost to HIV/AIDS, those who are persecuted and those who are no longer with us. 🕯 pic.twitter.com/spcErTMDje
— Manchester Pride (@ManchesterPride) August 14, 2021
The city will turn silent to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS, as the LGBTQ+ community continues to fight the epidemic and the stigma.
The festival team are also asking people to send in a short video of themselves to be used at the vigil, which is free to attend.
Family Pride MCR: Saturday 28 August
Families are invited to enjoy a range of fun activities in Sackville Gardens including crafts, aerial hoop, disco, Drag storytime, The Junk Orchestra and more.
Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said; “It’s really exciting to be taking MCR Pride Live to First Street this year.
“The site is perfect for our event and is less than ten minutes walk from the Gay Village meaning that ticket holders will be able to move around our different sites in the city really easily and enjoy everything that Manchester Pride Festival has to offer.”