Manchester Pride has confirmed its annual August bank holiday festival will go ahead in 2019 but will look and feel radically different to previous years.
The four day event, known as The Big Weekend, has been around for more than 25 years. Over this time it has been known by various names including Pride, Mardi Gras and The Big Weekend and it has traditionally taken place only in Manchester’s historical gay village around Canal Street.
However, significant property development in the area and a substantial risk of the loss of use of the Bloom Street car park which currently houses the Main Stage, means there won’t be the space next year to deliver the celebration in the same way it has always been.
As we take on the challenge of reincarnating the festival we will provide an opportunity for Manchester’s LGBT+ people to tell us what they want from their festival in 2019.
We hold our listening group events each year, with the next one due to take place in October. To be a part of this, register your interest below.