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Manchester gets more Pride: Village round-up

Wayne Clews wants a Pride birthday balloon

Published on August 7th 2008.


Manchester gets more Pride: Village round-up

If you happen to be of a nervous disposition and find the idea of thousands of homosexuals rampaging through the streets of Manchester a slightly unsettling prospect, then perhaps it’s time to make your miserable self scarce. Manchester Pride is upon us once again with 10 days of celebrations launching on Friday 15 August and reaching a tumultuous climax at the Big Weekend over the bank holiday.

The festival kicks off on Friday with a launch party in Albert Square from 6.15pm. To mark the eighteenth birthday of Pride, 18 18-year-olds will release 999 balloons into the air and should you come across one, return the tag to the Pride office and you could win a prize.

The first week of Manchester Pride is given over to more cultural pursuits. If you head out to the Imperial War Museum North you can catch an exhibition called Military Pride which details the experiences of LGBT people who have served in the armed services. The display features revealing and sometimes moving personal testimonials ranging back over 60 years. Free associated talks on Friday, Monday and Wednesday will give further insight into this hidden subject.

Down at the BBC, from 18-22 August, there will be a series of chamber music concerts, exploring the role of music in the struggles for equality. The programme features music from Dame Ethel Smyth, an intriguing figure who was a suffragette, composer and renowned society lesbian. The concerts take place at 1pm each day with donations on the door.

For families, on 17 August, there will be a treasure hunt which begins at 1pm outside the Rembrandt Hotel at the entrance to Sackville Park and weaves its way through the city centre with hidden clues in true Anneka Rice fashion. Pre-booking is recommended, to do this and find out more information on the whole festival, visit www.manchesterpride.com.

Recommended

The Pink Dog Show
Sackville Park, 17 August, 12pm-4pm
Pampered pooches, the latest gay accessory, get their chance to grab the limelight at this camp canine contest. A celebrity judge will be on hand to dispense the rosettes for a number of categories including best dressed dog.

Inside Out Poetry Evening
Taurus, 18 August, 7pm
A night of poetry from varied writers including Lydia Rullow and Cath Nichols. As well as provocative poetry, expect a bit of a heated debate over what makes a good poem.

Summer Camp
Dancehouse Theatre, 20 August, 8pm
Rough Sketch Productions present a one-off camp comedy sketch show in celebration of Manchester Pride’s eighteenth birthday. Expect lots of old school fun and frolics as the Summer Camp reps are here to entertain you.

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auntieAugust 7th 2008.

Lets face it Crazyjohn there will probably be many a willie about over the weekend, need help just ask lol

meAugust 7th 2008.

Crazyjohn.......I wish. Whenever you want.

crazyjohnAugust 7th 2008.

The thought of this type of event always puts the willies up me

AnonymousAugust 7th 2008.

You can get full coverage of Manchester Pride in the run up to and over the event on Manchester Gay station Gaydio, on 87.7fm in Manchester or online at gaydio.co.uk

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