World AIDS Day
Taking place on 1 December, World AIDS Day is set to break all fundraising records this year. A whole host of events are planned across the city centre to commemorate 21 years of hard work.
The Bridgewater Hall will be home to a concert featuring a performance of Fauré’s 'Requiem' followed by the world première of a brand new composition, 'Walking Along the Red Dust Road'. The piece is a secular requiem featuring seven HIV-related texts written by acclaimed poet Jackie Kay and set to music by seven composers including Craig Urquhart, Errollyn Wallen, David Horne and Marc Yeats. Tickets cost from £13 and the concert begins at 7.30pm.
If that isn’t quite your style, Via on Canal Street are hosting a fundraising party featuring karaoke with some fabulous prizes and a live performance from ubiquitous diva-about-town, Rowetta. Cruz 101 will be hosting a Big Red Weekend leading up to World AIDS Day and Essential will also be fundraising in their typically understated style.
However, unusual event of the week has to be the return of Gay City Rollers to Pure in the Printworks on 25 November. It’s the fifth such event orchestrated by the LGF and tickets are on sale at £4/£5. Some people, however, might find the idea of hurtling around a nightclub on roller skates a little undignified, so you can always make your presence felt at the usual candlelight vigil at the Beacon of Hope in Sackville Park. The event begins at 7.30pm and is a quietly moving opportunity to remember all of the communities affected by HIV and AIDS around the world.
Canine Fashion Show
Vanilla, 30 November
A chance to catch up on the latest couture for pampered pooches at this fundraising fashion show. Please note, this is not a dog show, bring along your pet’s measurements to place an order.
Legends, 28 November
The monthly men-only club is back. There is a strict dress code (use your imagination) and from January the club becomes members only. Visit www.club-alert.com for details.
A Taste of Honey
Royal Exchange Theatre, to 6 December
Catch this ground-breaking drama whilst you still can. Sally Lindsay stars as the brassy mother in a revival to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the first production.
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