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Our Festival Strands

Our Festival Strands

Manchester Pride is one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities. Our vision is a world where LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice. We are committed to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester and beyond. Manchester Pride Festival, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic, is our annual flagship event which we deliver every August Bank Holiday weekend. We are forging ahead with plans to host the world-class Manchester Pride Festival in 2021. Our small team has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to bring this celebration of LGBTQ+ in Greater Manchester to life.

Greater Manchester was at the forefront of promoting the rights of LGBTQ+ people in the UK. It continues to be the home to a vibrant Gay Village and one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in the UK. Find out more about how we ensure Greater’s Manchester’s extraordinary legacy of LGBTQ+ activism, equality, arts and culture, youth and family, community and of course, partying and celebrating are central to everything we do across Manchester Pride Festival Weekend.

Party @ Manchester Pride Festival
The roots of Manchester Pride and the Festival are firmly in the heart of our world-famous Gay Village. Taking place over all four days of the bank holiday weekend, the Gay Village Party is the ultimate street party celebration with incredible performances across multiple stages, markets and parties.
In 2021 we hosted our world-class live music event, MCR Pride Live with an international line-up of pop and dance artists in a brand new venue! Thousands of people partied their way through the weekend at our two day live music extravaganza.

Equality @ Manchester Pride Festival
Manchester Pride is proud to part of a global Pride movement that celebrates advancements in equality and challenges discrimination faced by LGBTQ+ people. While Pride is a celebration of LGBTQ+ life in Greater Manchester, the Manchester Pride Parade is a march for equality and one of the Festival's most highly anticipated events.

Arts & Culture @ Manchester Pride Festival
Superbia is Manchester Pride’s year round programme of arts and culture. The Superbia Weekend is an alcohol-free space, offering a programme of premieres, firsts, new work and LGBTQ+ celebrations as a culturally rich alternative to the other elements of the festival. The Superbia Weekend programme is cultivated with love, acceptance and inclusiveness at its core.

Youth and Family @ Manchester Pride Festival
We want to ensure families can take advantage of the festivities at Manchester Pride Festival. 2021 saw the return of Family Pride MCR featuring a programme of activities centred around fun, wellness and learning.
Manchester Pride launched Youth Pride MCR in 2019 and it was the first event of its kind in the UK. In 2021, we once again provided a safe, supportive, fun and inclusive space for young LGBTQ+ people to express themselves, connect with others and find community.

Activism @ Manchester Pride Festival
Following its launch in 2020 featuring internationally-renowned activists Munroe Bergdorf, Juno Dawson, Ben Hunte and Reeta Loi, we were thrilled to be bringing this vital event back for Manchester Pride Festival 2021! The Human Rights Forum brought together prominent activists and thought-leaders to discuss the challenges that continue to face LGBTQ+ communities today, and the ways in which we as individuals can bring about political or social change through our actions.

Community @ Manchester Pride
Community is at the heart of everything we do at Manchester Pride. We closed Manchester Pride Festival 2021 with another poignant and moving Candlelit Vigil. The Candlelit Vigil is a space to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS, those who are suffering and those who are persecuted, and provides an opportunity to stand together in a united front as we recognise the many challenges that are still faced by LGBTQ+ communities, both here and around the world.

With thanks to our sponsors
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Coca Cola 2021
  • Gaydio
  • Hits Radio
  • CoOP
  • Pure Gym
  • Essential
  • Morning Glory
  • The Co-operative Bank
  • McColls