MANCHESTER PRIDE FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 2023: TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Manchester Pride Festival, which brings thousands of people onto the streets of Manchester each year, has revealed its huge programme of events and activities, which will kick off on Friday 25 August with celebrations rounding off on Monday 28 August.
Tickets are now on sale for the Manchester Pride Festival, which was awarded ‘Best Large Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards in 2022. The festival is an annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and brings together the community and its allies to celebrate and protest.
Ticket on sale now!
The events of Manchester Pride Festival 2023 are free to attend with the exception of the Gay Village Party, tickets for which can be purchased through Ticketmaster now.
Day tickets and weekend tickets are available, with all events scheduled on Monday 28 August free to attend, and low income, family tickets, and VIP options available. £2.50 from every ticket will be donated to the Manchester Pride Community Fund, with the money going directly to LGBTQ+ causes and projects in Greater Manchester through the distribution of grants.
Ticket options and prices include*:
To ensure the Manchester Pride Festival is accessible and inclusive, in response to the cost of living crisis, more Low Income Tickets have been made available. Low Income Ticket options and prices include*:
Family tickets are available priced at £57.00 for Saturday and £53.00 for Sunday. These tickets give access to a family of up to four people.
As part of our accessibility scheme, Manchester Pride offers one free personal assistant per ticket holder. Details can be found on the Accessibility section of our website.
*All tickets are subject to a 10% booking fee, fee is applied to the ticket only and not the £2.50 fixed donation.
Programme of Events
The Festival is made up of several fringe events, providing opportunities to advocate for LGBTQ+ equality, engage families and young people, and celebrate queer arts and culture. These include:
Manchester Pride Parade
The city’s biggest parade will be returning to the streets of Manchester city centre on Saturday 26 August, with the LGBTQ+ community and its allies marching for equality in front of thousands of spectators.
Gay Village Party
A space for all members of the LGBTQ+ family to come together, the Gay Village Party is the heart of the festival and a real celebration of LGBTQ+ life. The four day street party will see a whole host of performances from LGBTQ+ artists and performers. Tickets are required to enter the Gay Village Party performances.
The Candlelit Vigil is the culmination of Manchester Pride, closing the four day Festival on Monday 28 August with a moment of reflection in Sackville Gardens. The home of Alan Turing, The National Transgender Memorial and the Beacon of Hope, the gardens are transformed into a sea of flickering candles to remember and honour those who we have lost to HIV and those who have been persecuted in the LGBTQ+ community, both here in the UK and around the world.
Superbia, Manchester Pride’s year-round arts and culture programme, offers a culturally rich alternative to other elements of the festival, creating space for all with a series of alcohol free events and premiers of new work from LGBTQ+ performers.
Human Rights Forum
Taking place on Friday 25 August, the Human Rights Forum will bring together prominent activists and thought leaders to discuss the challenges that continue to face LGBTQ+ communities today, and what we as individuals can do to bring about political and social change.
Family Pride MCR
It’s never too soon - or young - to start celebrating pride. Family Pride MCR provides a safe and inclusive space for people of all ages to enjoy Pride celebrations, with a special programme of events designed for little ones.
Youth Pride MCR
A safe and nourishing space for young people to experience Pride in a way designed just for them, Youth Pride MCR is a free event specially curated for those aged 14-18 fusing fashion, music, art, performance and creativity. Manchester Pride is the only UK Pride event to have a dedicated space for young people.
Booking.com announced as the headline partner of Manchester Pride Festival
Leading digital travel company Booking.com has been announced as the headline partner of Manchester Pride Festival. The partnership is an extension of the company’s mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, no matter where they come from, who they love or how they identify, as well as its Travel Proud programme, which has provided free inclusive hospitality training to more than 18,000 accommodations worldwide, including more than 1,600 in the UK alone.
The partnership will see LGBTQ+ employees and allies from Booking.com’s B.Proud employee resource group walk in the renowned Manchester Pride Parade and actively engage in the celebrations between 25 and 28 August, as well as on-site activations connected to key moments for the festival.
Arjan Dijk, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com, said: “Having previously partnered with the charity, we are delighted to be collaborating as the headline partner of the Manchester Pride Festival this year, and continuing to work together to make travel more inclusive for LGBTQ+ people 365 days a year.
“With a new office in the city centre, our partnership comes at the perfect time, offering us another chance to show Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ communities our commitment to equality both here and around the world.”
Why Manchester Pride?
Manchester Pride is part of a global Pride movement celebrating LGTBQ+ equality and challenging discrimination. Whether you’re attending Pride to protest, party, or both, some benefits of the festival include:
Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride, said: “We’re delighted to announce the return of Manchester Pride Festival 2023 with an exciting schedule of events and our partnership with Booking.com.
“We know how important it is to make the festival as accessible as possible, which is why six out of the seven events are free to attend. £2.50 from each ticket sale goes directly to the Manchester Pride Community Fund, details of which can be found on our website.”
To apply for a low income ticket, visit manchesterpride.com/tickets.
Tickets for the Gay Village Party are available to buy now, visit manchesterpride.com/tickets for more information.
Manchester Pride is campaigning for the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality; it celebrates LGBTQ+ life and creates opportunities that engage LGBTQ+ people so that they can thrive.
As one of the leading LGBTQ+ charities in the UK, its work aims to challenge discrimination in relation to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and through our grant-giving, it supports, enrich and empowers LGBTQ+ community groups, events and causes in Greater Manchester.
The organisation fundraises by staging a number of events throughout the year, including the award-winning Manchester Pride Festival, The Manchester Conference and the year-round programme of culture, Superbia. Since 2003, Manchester Pride has raised and distributed over £1.5million.
Visit www.manchesterpride.com for more information and resources.
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To apply for Manchester Pride Festival accreditation, please fill in this form by Friday 30 June 2023.
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