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Bright Light Bright Light shines on Pride in Trafford

Bright Light Bright Light shines on Pride in Trafford

Highlights also include the Northern premiere of New York’s legendary Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance.

Just back from supporting Cher on tour, the South Wales born and New York based pop sensation, Bright Light Bright Light is headlining the second ever Pride in Trafford celebrations in May 2020 – a collaboration between the Mayor of Trafford, Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford.  This five day festival looks to explore and celebrate identity and LGBTQ+ life across this Greater Manchester region.

Inspired by the world of 80s and 90s cinema and deemed “completely irresistible” by The Guardian and “Wales’ finest export” by Gay Times, Bright Light Bright Light takes his music around the world, using his platform to raise awareness and money for many LGBTQ+ charities. He began his career on the London Underground, and has since toured not only with Cher, but with the likes of Elton John, Erasure, Scissor Sisters, Ellie Goulding and John Grant. His one off headlining gig for Pride in Trafford takes place at Waterside on Friday 15 May.

Bright Light Bright Light is also a much-loved DJ and has performed at Glastonbury, Bestival and numerous Pride festivals, whilst also running the legendary, weekly Time Out Recommended party in New York - Romy & Michele’s Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance at Alan Cumming’s East Village club. A first for Greater Manchester – this unique event comes to Waterside for the very first time on Saturday 16 May.

These two special events are presented as part of Pride in Trafford – a five day programme celebrating and exploring identity and LGBTQ+ life across the region. Kicking off the programme on Wednesday 13 May is a Rainbow Flag Raising, where Mayor of Trafford Cllr Robert Chilton, Leader, Cllr Andrew Western and CEO Sara Todd will be joined by local children from Wellfield School at Sale Town Hall.

That evening two brand new visual arts exhibitions open at Waterside.  HERE presented by Rainbow Noir – a volunteer led group for LGBTQI people of colour; and Behind the Eyes a new digital work from emerging queer poet, Louis Glazzard exploring our relationship with technology and social media through the queer gaze. Both events are free and drop in.

Concluding a jam-packed opening day are two cultural highlights for lovers of theatre and tv; Queer Culture Chat podcast recording with Art with Heart, who will be discussing queer culture as part of their podcast series; followed by Quick Duck Theatre ’s Yours, Sincerely by Will Jackson (Emerging Writer at The Bush Theatre) based on real life correspondences. Storytelling and lipsync cabaret collide in this coming-of-age comedy about the complications of 21st-century communication.

Lipsynching is also key to *gender not included, a one person cabaret performance on Friday 15 May by artist Melody Sproates

Click below for more information about all the above.

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Published: 6-Mar-2020

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