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Book your ticket for the Sparkle Weekend!

Book your ticket for the Sparkle Weekend!

At Sparkle they want to bring together our gender variant community, to bring together joy, hope and celebration for the second weekend in July.

We aren’t just a community celebration, we are a family.

Our event is aimed at everyone who identifies as trans, non-binary and gender variant, their friends, family and allies. So whether you are 6 and attending with a parent, a group of friends here to party the weekend away or 56 and coming out for the first time, we embrace you and we would love you to join us.

Fri 7th– Sun 9th July

What’s on in the Sparkle Weekend:

We have expanded our alcohol free zone to include more accessible and family friendly elements this year after our feedback in 2022.

The park is also from 11am as the tranquillity and neurodiverse period – allowing nearly two hours of relaxing vibes and to experience intimate wellbeing workshops and talks, and opportunities for the children to play!

Main Stage - join us for 2 days of fantastic live music entertainment, local bands and singers, international artists and comedy . Offering something for everyone from a sing along to a dance arena in the event, offering a true nightlife experience. Fantastic performances from Jasmine Gardosi Birminghams poet laureate, Nate Ethan, Local Favourite Husk, the amazing Lucky Roy Singh and the House of Spice, plus Trans Radio UK DJ’s taking us through the night. Many more artists to be announced so stay tuned!

*Follow us on social media and be the first to hear the line ups, dropping next week*

Trans Joy March - a short March across our LGBTQ village and surrounding areas, highlighting the amazing community we have, a reminder we need our human rights and our allies but that we are powerful, visible and proud. The route is approximately 1mile long (pre-registration available on Eventbrite)

Marketplace - What a treat our expanded Marketplace offers access to over 40 traders! A wide range of information stalls, charity partners, sponsors and a large selection pride gifts, artwork, pin badges, tees and clothing, shoes and accessories. With over 75% of our traders identifying as trans, queer or non-binary, we have a great grassroots area on Sackville Street to browse and enjoy!

Community Zone - There are around 12 organisations in our community zone this year opposite our Main Stage and supported by Sainsburys our Headline Sponsor, whether you are looking for advice from Manchester Parents Group, looking for support as as young person from AKT, or being engaged with the sisters of perpetual indulgence on their mission for a better world! Join us and find your support network.

Family & Youth Zone - A space for families and young people to gather, have fun, engage with workshops and create memories. Bouncy Castle, Face painter, Interactive Games, Ball Pit, Crafts and Creativity and of course Drag Queen Story Time.

Positivity Zone - a space for Art, Culture and Creativity. Join us to see our local queer artists sell their wares, engage in workshops or pitstop crafts and sign our positivity walls to share your trans journey and highlights of your year.

Wellness Zone - Are you looking for some relaxation? Want to meet half way between Party and Retreat or just unwind from the vibe outside the tent? Here you can find information, wellness coaches, beauty and a roster of great events including yoga, mindfulness, reiki, sound healing, poetry for wellbeing, journalling for wellbeing, and an improv for wellbeing drama class.

Food and Drink Zone - Burgers, Pittas and Wraps, Pizza, Calzone or just a good old ice cream. We have you covered with Vegetarian and Vegan options onsite, we also have Gluten Free and Low Sugar traders this year! Add to that a candy van for a sweet after treat and the best brownies in town!

Throughout the weekend there are also plenty of events, alongside the Sparkle Weekend which we are proud to support such as LGBT Foundations Trans MCR Talks and Workshops, Local Village Business Events and Offsite Supporters in Local Businesses


Although tickets are not compulsory and we can allow admittance over the weekend, we’re asking those who can to please book a Sparkle Weekend ticket in advance.

It remains a free to attend event, but ticketing helps us produce metrics for future funding bids to secure the long-term success of the Sparkle Weekend.

We’ve also introduced Donation Tickets for those who can support us following the impacts of the pandemic and economic challenges. We’re committed to keeping the Sparkle Weekend free and accessible to everyone, and we need help from the community to help keep it going ????

Accessibility Tickets and Child Tickets are available.

Separate tickets are needed for the Friday night comedy in Sackville Gardens as the content is for 18+ audiences only.

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