Pride of Place
Next weekend Pride returns to Liverpool. Here’s your guide to this year’s festival. Love is all you need.
What is Liverpool Pride?
Liverpool Pride is a volunteer led charity with the purpose of combating homophobia and transphobia in Liverpool. Established after the murder of young gay man Michael Causer, the LGBT+ communities of the city region wanted to come together to produce a festival and raise the profile of the communities and their lives. Held close to the anniversary of Michael’s murder (2nd August) Liverpool Pride celebrates an annual two day festival, as well as events through the year. This is its seventh consecutive year and it remains free.
What can you see?
The festival is spread over two days; day one is The Big Day, day 2 is We Are Family featuring live performance, family events, music, dancing and, well, celebrating and partying. The Big Day features the Pride March on Saturday 30th July starts at St George’s Hall and makes its way through the city centre, with guest speakers from the LGBT+ community. There are stages and stalls around the St George’s Cultural Quarter – where this year’s festival is being held – with food, drink, music and thoughts.
We Are Family is on Sunday 31st July from 10am until 5pm. There’s music, dance, children’s activities like fairground rides and choral performances as well as an alternative fashion show. A huge highlight of the day will be Sing with Pride, featuring Jennifer John, singer and Sense of Sound Creative Director, who will work with six diverse choirs from communities across the city region, to perform 22 songs covering the theme ‘Liverpool Icons’. Around 150 singers are involved and some performances will be individual choir, mass choral pieces and even a sing-along.
The alternative fashion show, which includes stilt walkers and acrobats, will take place on the step of St George’s Hall. Other events are also taking place in the run-up to Liverpool Pride, including a book launch evening called ‘What’s Your Pride Story?’ And ‘Queertet 2016’ at The Lantern Theatre.
“An icon doesn’t have to be a person…”
What’s the link with Liverpool Icons?
This is the festival’s theme this year, as explained by Trustee of Liverpool pride Charity, Joan Burnett.
“Our theme, Liverpool Icons, was suggested to us after Cilla Black’s death, and we thought it such a strong idea, we couldn’t resist and have gone with it without our usual public vote which will be back for 2017.
“An icon doesn’t have to be a person, as well as famous people, Liverpool has iconic buildings, links with iconic ships and even our food has icon status – Scouse! After all the fun, it should be remembered we’re here to make a stand against Homophobia and Trans*phobia – help us make 2016 an iconic Pride.”
Where is it?
This year’s Pride takes place at St George’s Cultural Quarter, so St George’s hall, the Plateau, William Brown Street and St John’s Gardens. It’s easy to hop off a train at Lime Street or get the bus and walk across. There will be plenty on in the city centre (the Sunday also features a second Flyover takeover on the Churchill Way Flyover featuring spectacular theatre, dance and movement).
Where can I find out more?
It’s also important to remember Liverpool Pride is a volunteer led charity which puts on a two day festival each year that remains free to enter. So if you can’t come you can donate and spread the love.