Family Pride MCR, in association with Proud 2 b Parents, will take place on Saturday 27 August from midday until 6pm at The Great Northern and is completely free to attend.
Proud 2 b Parents, which has co-curated Family Pride MCR, is an inclusive organisation for all routes to parenthood, delivering services for LGBTQ+ parents/carers and their children living in the Greater Manchester area.
“We are really excited to team up with Manchester Pride once again, it's so important for the LGBT+ parent/carer community to be seen and heard, bring awareness and celebrate our differences. These events reduce isolation and give opportunity for our children to celebrate their family and learn more about the importance of ‘Pride’ - Matt Taylor-Roberts, Managing Director of Proud 2 b Parents
Our Palaver Party hosted in Great Northern’s Square and Ampitheatre will create a messy, joyful and celebratory line-up of inclusive performance programming for children aged 3-8 and family audiences, providing essential representation of queer identities and celebratory spaces for children and families.
The non-stop rainbow party will include other fun such as a magic show, a mini disco, party games, prizes and arts and crafts, plus kids can play in the The Great Northern’s sandpit. Expect a human library in the book nook, as well as some quiet chill areas and more on the first floor of the Warehouse building, up the escalators from the main entrance.
Check out the full line-up below for all you need to know!
TIME | PROGRAMME
12:00 | Non Stop Rainbow Party
12:30 & throughout the day | Music, Walkabout Performers and Arts and Crafts
13:00 | PALAVER! Welcome & Games w/ Fatt Butcher
13:10 | PALAVER! Blu Romantic
13:20 | PALAVER! Performances: Lady Bushra
13:20 | Non Stop Rainbow Party
14:20 | PALAVER! Feeling Fabulous Dance Workshop
15:00 | Non Stop Rainbow Party
15:40 | PALAVER! Yshee Black
15:55 | PALAVER! Fatt Butcher
16:10 | PALAVER! Ginny Lemon
16:40 | Non Stop Rainbow Party
17:20 | PALAVER! Flick
17:30 | PALAVER! Cyro
17:40 | PALAVER! Carrot
17:50 | PALAVER! Mini Pride Parade
1:30pm - 5:30pm | Human Library
Every hour on the hour
COMMUNITY HALL PARADE VIEWING
Proud 2 b Parents families will get the opportunity to watch the Manchester Pride Parade from this special vantage point as we March For Peace and fill the streets with colour!
This is a tickets only event and is exclusive to Proud 2 b Parents families.
GREAT NORTHERN FOYER
Come and say hello to our friends at Queer Lit in the Great Northern Foyer, who will be offering a range of LGBTQ+ children's books and accessories. Searching for LGBTQ+ kids books that reflect your families' structure? Look no further!
Head down to the Foyer where you can also enjoy...
"I suppose I want this photo to tell you that I am like you! I am a parent too. I have the same overwhelming love for my child and the same fears, hopes and dreams... But I worry that you won't accept him because of his parents. I want our community to know that you too can be a parent. That it isn't something you can't be just because of the person you are." - Unseen Community exhibitionThis photographic exhibition explores the dark of discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ parent/carer community, and the light of family life. The exhibition sees families share their stories, difficulties and struggles whilst navigating the heteronormative idea of a family, capturing the 'normality' of real family life from the LGBTQ+ parent/carer community.
PROUD is an audio visual exhibition celebrating Manchester’s LGBTQIA+ community which will take to the city’s shopping streets later this month to celebrate Manchester Pride.
Commissioned by Manchester Business Improvement District and curated by Heard Storytelling, visitors will be able to listen to the true spoken stories of 20 LGBTQIA+ people who live or work in the city, which will be accompanied by beautiful large-scale portraits of the storytellers, forming a trail of ‘Living Portraits’ through the city centre.
From the streets of Jamaica, stages of Manchester, dressing rooms of working men’s clubs and the nation’s TV screens, the audio recordings will take listeners on personal and candid journeys around the theme of ‘Proud’, with the importance of representation at their core.
Spoken stories will be accessed via scanning a QR code on listeners’ mobile phones located next to the storyteller’s portrait, as well as being hosted online atwww.visitmanchester.com/proud for those unable to visit the trail.
PROUD runs from Saturday 20 August - 2 September and will be hosted in the windows of shops, restaurants and businesses across the city centre including Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Exchange Square at Manchester Arndale, Royal Exchange building on Exchange Street and Kala and Kuoni on King Street.
Alan Turing Stage, Gay Village Party
Join us at the Gay Village Party for special performance from the Untold Orchestra, who will be playing a selection of Disney classics on Monday 29th August!
The Untold Orchestra is a Manchester-based organisation made up of creative freelancers across Manchester. They are set on changing the orchestral world, making it a more accessible art form for audiences and communities across the city.