As a Manchester-based digital marketing agency, we’re always keen to shout about, and celebrate, any events that are taking place in our great city. Perhaps one of the most exciting celebrations in the city is the annual Pride Festival, which is taking place this year across the Bank Holiday weekend of 27th August-30th August. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s festival was cancelled but, this year, event planners have promised “a celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Manchester to remember”!
As 2021’s Manchester Pride Festival draws closer and excitement continues to grow, I thought I’d highlight all the key events and ways to support LGBTQ+ causes in this blog. Here are all the ways that you can celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community this month…
What’s happening over the weekend
Manchester Pride Festivals attracts thousands of visitors to the city every year, and is one of the world’s leading events to celebrate the LGBTQ+ life, culture and community. It’s earned this status and recognition for good reason too – when it comes to throwing a party, Manchester never disappoints! Here’s what you can expect from the weekend at a glance – all events fall under the key strands of equality, arts and culture, community, party, activism, and youth and family:
The Gay Village Party – 27 – 30 August 2021
This street party is the ultimate pride celebration, right in the centre of the Gay Village. The party is the home of the festival’s main celebrations and features markets, parties across venues in the village, and community performances in Sackville Gardens.
MCR Pride Live – 28 – 29 August 2021
Enjoy live performances from the likes of Sigala, Annie Mac, Zara Larsson, Ella Henderson, Lucy Spraggan, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and many more special guests right in the heart of Manchester!
Equality Marches – 28 August 2021
The marches are one of the most highly anticipated events of the festival, where thousands of people and organisations come together amongst supporters and allies to march for equality and fill the streets with colour!
Family Pride MCR – 28 August 2021
There are no age restrictions when it comes to celebrating Pride! There are plenty of events and activities taking place in Sackville Gardens for families to enjoy, including crafts, aerial hoop, a Queen vs Bowie disco and so much more!
Superbia Weekend – 28 – 29 August 2021
This event is free to attend and provides an alcohol-free space with a programme that’s put together with love, acceptance and inclusiveness as the main focus. The programme offers a series of firsts and premieres amongst other exciting LBGTQ+ events that provide a culturally rich celebration!
Human Rights Forum – 29 August 2021
Manchester is no stranger to activism and human rights campaigns – infact, it has a deep history of promoting diversity and equality. This event welcomes activists and thought-leaders from a range of backgrounds to discuss challenges that the LGBTQ+ community continues to face, as well as what we can do to create change in social and political spheres.
Youth Pride MCR – 29 August 2021
This exciting event is for those that are 14+ and want to experience Pride. It brings together fashion, music, creativity and so much more within a safe space that’s designed to be inclusive and nourishing for all attendees.
Candlelit Vigil – 30 August 2021
This event offers a moment of reflection as the celebrations come to a close. Together as a community, Manchester pauses to pay tribute to those that have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, as well as those that continue to fight the epidemic, and the stigma, that still exists worldwide. It also allows attendees to unite against the challenges that are still faced by the community and the persecution that still occurs around the world.
Some events are free to attend and for others, you must purchase tickets. Full event details can be found on the official Manchester Pride Festival website.
Why it’s important to support Manchester Pride
Even if you don’t identify as LGBTQ+, it’s still important to show your support as an ally. Manchester Pride is a charity that’s committed to supporting and improving the lives of the LGBTQ+ community in Greater Manchester and beyond. Their main goals are to hold the annual celebration, campaign for equality, raise awareness and support mental health within the LGBTQ+ community, and support grassroots projects that encourage the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people in the area.
By showing your support, in whichever way you choose, you’re openly standing with LBGTQ+ people to celebrate their community and culture, which shows acceptance and inclusivity. Ultimately, Manchester Pride is empowering and provides an opportunity to challenge stigma. As well as this, it’s also a reminder that our rights should never be taken for granted. All of these are great reasons and reminders as to why we should support Manchester Pride, regardless of our own identities.
Ways to support Manchester Pride & the LGBTQ+ community
So, how exactly can you support Manchester Pride? Here are just a few of the easy ways that you can stand together with, and support, our LGBTQ+ community in Manchester and beyond:
- Attend Pride events in Manchester or in other cities.
- Donate to charities, like Manchester Pride, that support the community.
- Call out and report discrimination whenever you see it.
- Educate yourself, and others, on issues relating to the LGBTQ+ community.
- Introduce ambassadors in the workplace to champion equality, diversity and inclusivity.
For more details about Manchester Pride, the charity work they do or the events taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, visit the official website for more information. And, most importantly, enjoy the Manchester Pride Festival!