A weekend of premieres, firsts, new work and LGBTQIA celebrations for Manchester Pride! This year The Superbia Weekend is bigger and bolder than ever. Our programme includes a diverse array of premieres and firsts, including film screenings, cabaret, conversation, community workshops, new art and our free post-Pride Parade party. And it's all FREE. Read on...!


Premier of ‘Invisible Women’ and launch of The Superbia Weekend

Superbia is proud to present the premiere of this brand new documentary charting the last 50 years of Manchester's LGBTQ history, told through the personal story of two incredible women and their life of activism and rebellion. Angela and Luchia have spent the last half a century fighting for their rights as women and as lesbians. Their work revolutionised Manchester whilst transforming the lives of thousands of women, and yet no record of them exists in the city’s archives. Theirs is a story that risked disappearing from history, until now, beginning in 1960s Ireland, via the first women’s centre in Manchester, the early years of the Gay Liberation Front, the Section 28 demonstrations, all the way to the contemporary Manchester Pride celebrations. Join director Alice Smith, producer Joe Ingham, Angela and Lucia in conversation, hosted by Abigail Ward.  Join us in the bar at HOME afterwards for more conversation to celebrate a special film and an exciting weekend of LGBTQ culture. This event will launch the 2018 Superbia Weekend.

Event link here.



All weekend: 

The Superbia Gallery: New Queer Art

New LGBT+ art in our pop-up gallery, including ‘Not Going Shopping’, a brand new sound installation from Abigail Ward; Conor Collins’ HIV+ blood portrait of Princess Diana; new MMU graduate art, new film and more. A number of the artists will join us in person on Sunday at 12.30pm for a guided tour and to talk about their work. 


Post Pride Parade Party!


Relax, socialise and celebrate after the Manchester Pride Parade. Join us in the café space of No 70 for free food, a Pride party playlist, specially concocted hand-blended soft drinks, and an art workshop for kids of all ages. While you’re here, why not visit our gallery of new LGBT+ art, meet friends, and feel free to bring along your Parade costumes and props! 


A History of Pride: From the Stonewall rebellion to the present day


Superbia Project Manager, Greg Thorpe takes us on a history tour of Pride, from the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York, to Europe and beyond, to Pride around the world today. Using imagery, video, activist profiles, history and memoirs to remind us why we still march today.


The Superbia Cabaret!


A spectacular line up of talent from Manchester and beyond, featuring poetry from the one and only Immani Love, dynamite drag with Violet Blonde, forthcoming Superbia Chapbook author Kenya Sterling, hilarious comedy from Lydia Bernsmeier-Mullow, live music from the inimitable queer voice of Tommy Poppers, plus your fabulous compere, drag king dandy, Dorian Wilde!





Free beginners/intermediate yoga class with Jonathen Bowen. Begin your Sunday with a positive mind and strong body. (Mats provided if you don’t have one!)


The Superbia Gallery: Artist Talk


Take a guided tour of new queer art and hear from a selection of the artists themselves. Learn about the making of their work, the inspiration and stories behind what they do. 


‘My Recoverist Family’: Documentary screening and conversation


This Superbia-supported documentary follows legendary queer performance artist David Hoyle and a group of LGBT artists as they workshop creative responses to their relationships with drugs, alcohol, the community and each other. An entertaining, touching and surprising piece of film exploring the concept of ‘recoverism’ from a specifically LGBT point of view. Afterwards, join the artists for a welcoming and open discussion about substance and recovery, creativity, queer life, self-discovery and the crucial question: What lies beyond…?


'Visible': Screening and creative workshop


‘Visible’ is a 20 minute documentary by Campbell X and Kayza Rose exploring the rich history of LGBTQ+ people of colour. Inspirational ancestry is revealed alongside the voices of contemporary community members including artists in this inspiring and learned piece of film. The screening is followed by a workshop with special guests Rainbow Noir and friends exploring themes of the film and the present day ‘visibility’ of queer people of colour. Rainbow Noir are Manchester’s social and peer support group for LGBTQI people of colour. Campbell X is an award-winning filmmaker whose work explores and celebrates queerness and gender. Kayza Rose is Director of BlackOutLDN, creative producer, and one of Duckie’s Change Makers, whose work focuses on QTIPOC via activism, theatre and mental health.


“We Can Make You Look Beautiful”: Non-femme presentation, ‘pampering’ and cancer


Five artists respond to the dilemmas of 'compulsory' femme culture in the world of complimentary cancer care for non-femme presenting individuals. In a landscape of long wigs, make up, makeovers and pamper packages, are some people left on the shelf? Join us for a funny, frank and intelligent look at life with cancer when you aren’t cheered by lipstick and frills! With performances and readings by Claire Mooney, Helen Mort, Debbie Sharp, Eileen Edmondson and Jackie Stacey. Performances will be followed by a conversation and Q&A. This event is proudly co-presented by Superbia, Manchester Pride, the LGBT Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and RAH! at Manchester Metropolitan University.


'Fleshback': Queer raving in Manchester’s twilight zone


Already near-legendary Boiler Room documentary showing on the big screen. Director Stephen Isaac-Wilson takes viewers on a tour of Manchester's infamous queer parties. Meet the dancers, DJs and artists who make Manchester’s nightlife tick, while looking back over 30 years of creative clubbing, via Flesh and more.


Vogue dance workshop with Darren Pritchard of House of Ghetto


Following last year’s packed-out vogue dance class, we welcome back the legendary Darren Pritchard – choreographer, writer, Mother of the House Of Ghetto and Director of Black Gold Arts – to share his choreography skills with us. Darren’s practice is deeply rooted in the black queer urban history of the vogue art form so prepare to learn as well as sweat. No experience required, just dress comfy and cool!