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Alternative Manchester Pride Festival 2020

The team at Manchester Pride are thrilled to announce that we are going to deliver three days of celebrations for LGBTQ+ people in Greater Manchester over the August bank holiday weekend. The Alternative Manchester Pride Festival, sponsored by Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays, will feature free content that can be enjoyed by those who wish to celebrate from the safety of their own living rooms or gardens, or any other room at home! Full line-up details will be announced over the coming weeks.

Saturday 29th August 2020

The first day of celebrations will see a stream of content inspired by our Festival’s Manchester Pride Live event. It will be delivered online in partnership with United We Stream Greater Manchester. The platform, which was launched on 3 April by Night-Time Economy Adviser Sacha Lord and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), has played host to artists such as Melanie C, Elbow and New Order whilst raising a staggering £477,000 for local charities and good causes.

We will curate a series of live performances and DJ sets with a number of special guests and partners alongside some legacy performances from previous events and a very special presentation of the Manchester Pride Parade for 2020. The content will then be available again on Sunday for anyone that missed it on Saturday.

Sunday 30th August 2020

Day two will see the activity move to YouTube with a programme curated by our arts and culture programme - Superbia - and Youth Pride MCR teams. Viewers can expect arts and cultural content alongside content designed by 14+ young people as a result of the Youth Pride MCR workshops which launched in April.

Monday 31st August 2020

Monday will close the festival as always with a moment of reflection at the Candlelit Vigil. Manchester Pride will stream the vigil online so that as many people as possible can be part of it. It will also be broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester and Gaydio.

A new element to the festival, at a time when it is more important than ever to keep certain conversations going, the charity is introducing a Human Rights Forum to explore some of the vital issues at the moment such as Trans Rights and BAME issues.

A Word From Our Chief Exec:

Our chief executive, Mark Fletcher, said; “We have had an unbelievably tough four months as I know many other organisations both commercial and otherwise have and I am very proud that we are still in a position to deliver this much needed celebration of LGBTQ+ life. The country is still in shock and many members of our community have been adversely affected by the pandemic, whilst also our Trans and BAME families have faced further challenges. It is more important than ever that we keep conversations around equality and inclusion heard whilst also providing much needed entertainment.

“We remain unable to provide a large scale physical festival but we very much want Manchester’s Gay Village to remain at the heart of what we do. We will also support the Gay Village businesses in whatever they are able to offer customers over the weekend and every other day too.

“I want to thank all of our partners and supporters that are pulling together to help us deliver this year’s alternative festival. From community groups to partners such as Gaydio, Hits Radio, BBC Radio Manchester, United We Stream, Manchester City Council, GMCA and more, to our sponsor Virgin Atlantic, which has been hugely affected by the pandemic yet remains committed to the promotion of LGBTQ+ equality globally and each of the other sponsors who are supporting this vital activity.

“Our Festival enables us to help LGBTQ+ people, organisations and charities and without the support of ticket buyers and sponsors we will not be able to continue this work. I ask that over the weekend anyone who can, does donate, because we must continue our work in supporting LGBTQ+ people across Greater Manchester. The conversation must, and will, continue…”

Our charity campaigns all year round for LGBTQ+ equality and are of course responsible for one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of LGBTQ+ life every year. We were very disappointed earlier this year to take the decision to postpone the 2020 festival until 2021 in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the safety of everyone who is involved with or attends the event in mind, the festival has been moved to 2021 to ensure that it is safe to hold large-scale gatherings again. Our team has worked tirelessly over the past four months to ensure that we can continue to provide support to LGBTQ+ people in this difficult time.'


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