Bigger better brighter; the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender festival is rolling back into town with a special launch.
In 1991 a group of lesbian and gay activists got together and marched through the city starting off 20 years of increasing visibility of a happy and vibrant community. Over the years Belfast Pride has changed from a small group of protestors to a huge colourful festival that is a must see in the Belfast Calendar.
“This year is our biggest and best yet” said Scott Mitchell Chair of Belfast Pride. “We have events running thought the summer, with 3 weeks of festival which begins with our Film season and continues into a widely diverse week of arts and community events, and culminates with a theatre season in the first week in August.”
No one would have imagined 20 years ago that Belfast Pride would have been holding events in the cities Landmarks such as The Grand opera house, The Europa Hotel, Queens University, the Hilton Hotel, and of course the Largest free concert in the City, “Party in the square” at the Custom House
We have had Great support this year from a number of organisations and are offering a festival that really has something for everyone : theatre productions to family days to historical tours to political debate, Our Party in the square has bouncy castles and face painting for Children, over 30 organisations in the community Fair and a number of local and national acts performing on the Concert Stage Eurovision’s Scooch and X factor’s Austin Drage are performing this year supported by local Bands Sethaway and Perfect Strangers along with a host of others. There are too many events to list so pop into your local coffee shop, community centre, and library or tourist office and pick up a copy of the Pride guide
Launch night at the Queen’s film theatre see’s the premier of the 20 years of pride documentary “pride sweat and Tears” followed by a screening of the cult classic “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”
James McGinn ,General Manager of the Hastings Europa said: “we are delighted to support this year’s events, Belfast Pride bring colour, diversity, fun and a great deal of tourism to the city every year, if you haven’t been to the festival yet you should go along this year”
Belfast Pride are grateful to all our sponsors, DSD, PSNI, Hastings hotels, the Kremlin & the Big Lottery. Belfast Pride is a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.