The Candlelit Vigil is a significant event that marks the culmination of the Manchester Pride Festival.
Taking place in the serene surroundings of Sackville Gardens, this moment of reflection brings together LGBTQ+ communities and allies to remember those we have lost to HIV, and to stand united in the fight against the global epidemic and the persistent stigma that surrounds it.
Hosted in partnership with George House Trust
, an organisation providing HIV support, advice, and advocacy services since 1985, the Candlelit Vigil is a powerful symbol of remembrance, solidarity, and hope. George House Trust plays a pivotal role in curating this meaningful event, leveraging their expertise and dedication to improving health outcomes and supporting those affected by HIV.
The Candlelit Vigil 2023 was carefully curated by three respected individuals; Nathaniel J Hall, Kate O'Donnell, and Cheryl Martin—all accomplished artists and advocates in their respective fields. Nathaniel J Hall, an award-winning theatre-maker, writer, performer, and HIV activist, shares his autobiographical stories of health and wellbeing to challenge HIV stigma and shame. Kate O'Donnell, an actor, writer, and maker, is the Artistic Director of Trans Creative, a theatre group amplifying the voices of young trans people. Cheryl Martin, a poet, director, writer, and performer, has collaborated with refugees and asylum seekers, using art as a powerful tool for community engagement.
During the Candlelit Vigil, participants come together to honour those who are suffering, persecuted, and have lost their lives due to HIV. It serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities, both in the UK and around the world. Through the soft glow of candlelight, attendees create a united front, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to combating HIV, raising awareness, and fostering a more inclusive and accepting society.
LGBTQ+ communities and allies joined us on Monday 28th August for this profound and transformative event that concluded the four days of Manchester Pride Festival. The Candlelit Vigil is free to attend, welcoming everyone who wishes to pay tribute, reflect, and stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. Alternatively, you can watch the live stream via our YouTube channel
. Together, we can create a future free from stigma and discrimination.