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Alternative Manchester Pride Festival

Alternative Manchester Pride Festival

Manchester Pride has today released the schedule for its Alternative Manchester Pride Festival over August bank holiday weekend.

From yoga and drag artists to new and archive performances, the LGBTQ+ charity has curated a programme of content to keep Greater Manchester entertained for three days!

Because of the pandemic and the increased restrictions on social gatherings in place across many of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, the charity will be holding no physical events at all over the August bank holiday weekend.  It is instead delivering three days of online content in the form of the Alternative Manchester Pride Festival, helping everyone to celebrate Pride safely at home.

Content will be broadcast exclusively via United We Stream GM and YouTube between 10am and 1am on Saturday and Sunday, followed by a virtual Candlelit Vigil on Monday evening to close the festival.

The GMCA streaming platform United We Stream GM is free to watch but fans are encouraged to donate to Manchester Pride via the United We Stream GM page.

Each day will kick off with Drag Queen Storytime with DIY SOS star Anna Phlyactic and a live yoga class on the Manchester Pride youtube channel.

Saturday’s line-up will be streamed via United We Stream and will feature a programme of brand new live performances from Manchester Pride favourites including Louise, Karen Harding, Pixie Lott, Jodie Harsh, Gok Wan, Bright Light Bright Light, Husk, House Gospel Choir and Kelli-Leigh. 

James Barr and Dan Hudson from hit podcast A Gay And A Non Gay will perform a head to head DJ set and will also record a live episode over the weekend.

BBC Introducing will host live performances from up and coming LGBTQ+ artists Elephant Trees, OneDa and Patrick.

The infamous Manchester Queens, lead by Drag SOS star Cheddar Gorgeous, have recorded a brand new drag show to be screened on Saturday, plus there will be a Black Pride MCR vogue takeover, queer womxn’s takeover DJ set and body positivity pride collective Fat Pride will host a takeover DJ set before Gaydio hosts the After Party.

The show will also be dotted with highlights from archive performances from past years’ Manchester Pride Festivals and will include shows from Years & Years, Melanie C and Rita Ora.

The charity will set up a live studio in the Bungalow at KAMPUS – the new garden neighbourhood being developed by HBD and Capital & Centric next to Canal Street – where Gaydio Breakfast show presenter, Dean McCullogh will welcome guests including Danny Beard and Cheddar Gorgeous to record live links and bring together the content throughout the day. An ex-security cabin on stilts, the Bungalow was opened as a flexible event space earlier this year and looks out over the Gay Village.

Danny Beard and JSky will be visiting homes across the region to brighten up front gardens and entertain LGBTQ+ people outside their homes.

Radio fans can check out a virtual celebration of Manchester Pride at 6pm Saturday on BBC Radio Manchester with weather idol Owain Wyn Evans.  The show will feature a selection of LGBTQ+ faces discussing their memories of prides gone by with music in mind.

Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride, said; “This has been a very strange year both for us and the LGBTQ+ people that we exist to support. It was so important to me and my team that we delivered an LGBTQ+ celebration that we could all be proud of and I think this programme does just that.

“With fantastic new performances from many of our favourite artists including some of the very best talent Manchester’s LGBTQ+ communities have to offer the weekend promises something for everyone. Whilst we’re not able to come together for any physiocal events this year, I’t’s been great working with the team at United We Stream to set up our very own studio in KAMPUS so that our heart remains Manchester’s Gay Village.”  

Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, says, "Pride is a special time of year for everyone across Greater Manchester, and although we can't all celebrate with each other physically, we stand together more than ever to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and the fight for equality. 

Manchester Pride has created an incredible online programme for this year's festival to help everyone across the city celebrate Pride from home.  

I'd like to thank all the artists and performers taking part in this year’s Alternative Manchester Pride Festival, and the teams at Manchester Pride and United We Stream GM who are working behind the scenes to ensure this bank holiday runs smoothly.  I look forward to seeing the colour and sounds return to the city at the festival next year."

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Published: 26-Aug-2020

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